orgatec 2016: nendo‘s ‘rolling workspaces’ installation for japanese furniture manufacturer KOKUYO presents a move away from the square, regimented office environment. based on the presumption that redefining the square whiteboard, which is a common fixture used in every office, will create an environment that will encourage creativity, the whiteboard was transformed into a circular shape. this allowed the board to be rolled around freely in the office, where it can be placed against the walls. furthermore, the new form aims to promote people to write down their ideas not in a linear fashion but chained in a spiral or spread out in a radial way.

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the new whiteboard shapes allow them to be freely moved around offices
all images courtesy of akihiro yoshida

 

 

 

in hall 7 at the orgatec 2016 fair, the nendo ‘rolling workspaces’ installation showcases matching desks, benches and high counters that were designed with slits cut into them, allowing whiteboards to be effortlessly fixed as a divider. the reverse side of the boards are finished off with fabric, serving as a panel with sound absorbing properties. the various cuts in the desks can be utilized as bicycle stands, envisioning the idea that the bikes brought to work could be accompanied straight to the tables. the design aims to achieve a dynamic work space that would enhance the ‘rotation’ of the brain coupled with the rolling whiteboard.

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users are encourages to write down notes in a spiral fashion

 

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desks have slits cut into them so that boards can slot in

 

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the boards can be used as stands that divide the rooms

 

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on their reverse side, the whiteboards are finished in fabric, offering sound absorbing features

 

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bicycles can also fit into the desk slits

 

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the installation aims to achieve a dynamic work space

 

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nendo rolling workspaces presented at orgatec

 

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KOKUYO’s stand at the 2016 orgatec
image © joakim blockstrom

 

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the exhibition was in orgatec’s hall 7
image © joakim blockstrom

 

 

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