Modern Benching for Traders
Innovant recently installed 74 FORm_office™ S4T trading positions for a Strategic Investment management firm in Mid-town Manhattan. Working closely with architects from HLW International to provide traders with an optimal ergonomic workstation and office space; providing comfort for what is often 10 and 12 hour work days.
The layout of the office space is open with floor to ceiling windows and an abundance of natural light. The sleek modern design of Innovant’s FORm_office S4T benching system contributes to the space’s overall contemporary feel. Each desk provides technology support both above and below the work surface. Built in to the desktop are power and data ports for the user’s convenience. The large work surfaces and ample storage allow for the perfect balance of an open office feeling and sense of personal space.
Innovant Featured in July Issue of Interior Design Magazine
On most trading floors around the world, the work environment seems to be one aspect that they all have in common. Traders hectically run around all day long, intensely keeping their eyes on the news tracker, making sure to be ready at any moment to make a deal to buy or sell their shares in companies around the world. This stressful image is something you won’t see at this Chicago financial services firm featured in the July issue of Interior Design Magazine. This 75,000 square-foot space, designed by architecture firm Perkins + Will, exudes an air of tranquility and peacefulness. The beautiful office is defined by its organic nature and leaves many astounded by how all the elements of the space fit together perfectly. Natural light floods into the space through the walls of windows that wrap around the sidewalls, and are further emphasized by the tapering structural columns, which appear as though they are descending from the maple-veneered cloud canopy ceiling.
Throughout the space one key element that allows the traders to connect their work with their office surroundings is through their desk. It is the single element where the technology and organic nature of the floor meet at a single point. Innovant’s FORm_office S120 desks were picked as the perfect medium to connect these two opposing elements together. The desks extend the organic nature of the office beyond just the solid structural walls, by seamlessly integrating the core elements of the business with the design aesthetic envisioned for the space. They combine both the white and maple surfaces used for the ceiling and walls to create a single platform, which wraps around the entire floor to connect the entire space. Managing Principal Tom Kasznia from Perkins + Will said, “Natural elements, for example how water flows, gave us ideas for shape clustered desking systems for all open office areas allowing for one aesthetic to create a visual flow. The fully system addresses the traders’ needs specifically.” The S120 desk greatly appealed to a space, which was designed around these structural columns, as its flexible nature allowed for it to be conformed to the layout of the design.
Looking through the magazine it is clear that this office stands apart from the typical high stress setting of most financial services offices. With light flooding in from all angles, and further complemented by the white and maple surfaces, the traders can immerse themselves in their work without having to be constantly reminded that they are stuck in an office. The peacefully tranquil office setting allows this stressful working environment to be calmed down to one that is constantly reminded of the natural elements of life beyond the working walls. Innovant’s desks allow for this seamless integration to happen between the organic natural elements and their highly technological business core. It’s an office that has the ability to inspire those within it, providing a clear definition for what the modern workplace should be.
Offices That Make You Work Harder
In a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, four design firms were challenged to configure a 15-foot by 15-foot space for a hypothetical midlevel executive. The firms were asked, “to envision a space that could inspire ideas and increase productivity.” In today’s world, the private office seems to cut managers off from the larger more general workforce. Each of the design firms sought to integrate the private office better with the floor by creating a open, accessible offices that utilized the use of entire glass walls. These walls were the first barriers that broke down the walls between employee and their manager, as it allowed for the average employee to be able to see what their manager was doing.
These inspiring renderings of the modern private office shed light on an important aspect of where the workplace is shifting. From seeing how fast companies can grow in today’s world, this concept of openness and accessibility seems to be shaping how the modern office is coming to be defined. In order to inspire your employees, leaders are realizing that they need to become more accessible and open to discussion of ideas rather than remaining the dissociative and closed off. It is about stimulating a culture that wants to continually bring ideas to the table, and share their findings on how to make their business better. These new office designs bring light to the office and employees by changing the concealed private office to one that is aware and open to everything that is going on.
The Future of Education
As the world becomes more and more “social,” major changes are taking place that are transforming the way we work. Private cubicles have become a thing of the past, as people are seeing the benefit of collaborative working spaces that stimulate creativity. Beyond even the world of business, these changes are infiltrating the education system, as students are beginning to see their library as more than a place just to seek information, but rather places of creativity and collaboration among peers. In this rapidly expanding world, there is a multitude of room for discovery that both the students and teachers recognize. The generations of students that are in school, and those yet to go are no longer stimulated by the solitude of cubical study spaces but seek motivation from their peers and the sharing of ideas with those around them.
Library study rooms, and conference like settings allow for collaborative creativity that students need. Our conference tables and FORm_office products fit these exact needs that students and school libraries are now calling for. Innovant has recognized these changes and universities have been seeking our products to outfit their libraries to become more than centers of information to centers for collaboration and creativity. In the past month two prestigious universities have selected Innovant products for their campuses. The University of Chicago selected Innovant’s Conference line for their Regenstein Library reading tables and York University in Toronto selected FORm_office for their Osgoode Hall Law School collaborative workstations. In April Innovant was awarded similar projects for Marist College in upstate New York, and we are currently pursuing numerous high profile higher education projects across the country with our benching and conference products.
Innovant Sponsors Interior Design Magazine’s “Giants Party"
After completing the prestigious trading desk and benching installation in Chicago, Interior Design magazine set the facility as the site of its 2011 Giants of Industry party at Neocon and will be featured in the July issue of Interior Design Magazine.
Innovant Launches a New Website
Over the past 20 years, Innovant has been pushing the boundaries of industrial design in the office furniture market, and responding to the ever-changing needs of the workplace. By working directly with their customers and using artful storytelling to sell a high-quality bespoke product, we have been highly successful in a relatively small marketplace. Today, few people know the stories that make Innovant desk unique, innovative, timeless, and sustainable. The innovant.com redesign will allow us to represent ourselves in the light that is reflective of who we are as a company and the principles we stand for. Come check us out to find out more about our story!