When the furniture is designed with an understanding of organizational culture, collaborative spaces can improve the way people connect and work together.
In today's architecture it is increasingly more common to find that spaces transform the concept of "my space" into "our space". That's why organizations require a wide variety of furniture options to foster creative meetings and brainstorming, small improvised meetings and team work, presentations, etc.
We are always looking at the relation between people and our furniture
Why do we meet? What do we want to achieve by meeting others? The sociologists identify a variety of reasons for meeting which can be grouped into four categories:
1. Socialization and informal interaction, such as a team-building event or at a reception.
2. Tactical task fulfilment, with clearly defined work objectives.
3. Brainstorming sessions for strategic thinking and problem-solving.
4. Presentations, public speeches or other events at which one person shares knowledge and information with others.
At Akaba we have a wide range of products to suit the needs of every kind of meeting.
Our speciality is creating furniture for collaborative spaces.
Each collaborative space can be used for different kinds of meetings. And every kind of meeting requires furniture adapted to its needs. Because work patterns evolve, and new ways of sharing space appear, where people decide how and where they want to work. That's why, with our minds focussed on these new patterns, we design and produce furniture offering workers the greatest possible flexibility when it comes to using these spaces.
Social Spaces to connect. Social connections are generated in a wide range of spaces, from reception areas and lounges to coffee bars and multi-purpose rooms. Every atmosphere, every corner, must be given thought, analyzed and individually addressed. Spaces in which to sit and connect throughout the building invite workers to have short conversations and exchange ideas. And soft seating can be incorporated wherever possible.
Execution Spaces to do. Team rooms with seating that allows all participants to see one another. The castors on tables and chairs allow the members to split into small groups. The small tables can be grouped together to create a common surface.
Thinking Spaces to research. The chairs must be comfortable to encourage relaxation, and to ensure that people can easily stand or change position. People must also have control over the distance at which they sit. The space must enable frequent movement as well as sitting for longer periods of time.
Presentation Spaces to inform. Aesthetics are especially important in public spaces where they communicate a coherent brand, both to members of the organization and to its visitors. In private spaces, the finishes must also reinforce the brand. Lightweight chairs, comfortable and easy to move - on castors perhaps - can occupy a relatively small space and can be distributed in numerous configurations.
Both furniture and atmosphere are essential in the creation of attractive collaborative spaces.
Today workers increasingly seek social connection as part of their collaborative experience. They want to meet because they know that something more brilliant may come out of doing so. But the problem with some openly social spaces in a working context is that… they don't feel like work places and they make employees feel apprehensive. "Why would I go there if they're only going to think I'm not working?" The answer is to inject these spaces, their atmosphere and furniture, with a more "serious" aspect in the endeavour to protect casual social interactions. In order to encourage these informal meetings, they must also give the formal image of a place where work is done. The personality of those who live and work in a space lies in the details. Just as our personality at Akaba is to be found in the details of our furniture.