The story behind Hello – Anatomy of Organizations

Background

The Hello-project, initiated by Stockholm Furniture Fair, will run for three years (2011-13) and explore different elements relating to the modern office and our work culture from a design perspective.

The installation is based on a number of value and function words that characterize this year’s theme and shape it with the aid of, for example, furniture, light and materials from all four corners of the fair. It includes a seminar program in talk-show format, with specially-invited guests who will discuss the topic based on their different horizons. The theme for this years’ production was the organization and how it shapes – and will shape – future workplaces.

Existing within ”a void”

”Remember your humanity and forget the rest.” – Albert Einstein

An organisation viewed from outside provides very little information about what is going on within its walls – its skin if you will. A bit like extraterrestrials viewing the earth from space for the first time – a green and blue planet, seemingly in harmony, but rather incomprehensible. The impression from outside can be said to be ”a void” – it tells you nothing about what is going on on the inside – the forces required to achieve the balance witnessed offset one another to the casual observer. The surface does not reveal anything of the balancing act required to achieve the state of equilibrium. The sum of all the processes working on the inside to achieve stability is not visible. In order to really understand an organisation’s complex functions and what it takes for it to achieve balance, we need to experience it from the inside.

In our installation we have picked out a number of basic functions we consider to be building blocks for any successful organisation. We have then chosen to link them to the ”organisation” closest to all of us – the human body.

Installation design by Monica Förster Design Studio.

Floor from InterfaceFLOR.

Constructions made in Dendrolight from Riga Wood

Lei – chair design by Monica Förster produced by Office Line. Sun, Dot, Cake Table design by Monica Förster produced by NolaFloor from InterfaceFLOR.

VISION – BRAIN

 ”An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all”. – Oscar Wilde

Belief in an idea provides a foundation for organizational processes, whether political or commercial. Inspiration connects everything and shows us what we can achieve if we work together. It is, essentially, “why we go to work in the first place”.

Rita Nakouzi and Stefan Nilsson discuss the future anatomy of organizations. From ‘The Hello Show’. Presented in co-op with Struktur.

The Hello Show

The seminar segment – The Hello Show – deals with the organization phenomenon from a number of angles and roles. It takes an in-depth look at WHERE, WHEN and HOW we form organizations, and focus on the public environments in which this takes place.

It is devised as a moderator-led talk show, where the guests discuss the topic. In this way we hope to communicate experiences from many different perspectives in a light-hearted way and thus offer a shared platform from which we can discuss organizations of the future. You find the schedule from this years’ The Hello Show here.

(more videos to come! Check out our Facebook page for updates)

CREATION – HEART

 ”Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind” – Madonna

The creative process is what drives innovation and devel- opment at an organization. It works in the same way as the heart, pumping and driving processes forward by providing innovative vitality and ideas.

Floor – Re.Source from Balsan/ Dahl agenturer.

Acone – by Abstracta.

The story behind Gaia (for EFG) . Read one of the creators’ view on the future work space here : How can ”space” be innovative? by David Bruér

EFG – Gaia- A Cradle to Cradle Workspace.

ON-Officechair by Wilkhahn, Lamp designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune produced by Wästbergs.

The history of chairs. Find interesting books on design and architecture at konstig.se

ADMINISTRATION – STOMACH

”Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them”. – Paul Hawken

Without good planning and management, a group has no direction. Good administration brings order and balance to the organization body and functions in a similar way to the stomach, supplying all parts with energy and converting information into business that sustains the organization.

Aucustic panel produced by Mitab, Work station design by Fredrik Paulsen, office stationary from Deskstore, Floor by Carpet Concept/ Dahl Agenturer , Litterbins design by TAF produced by Nola . No5 Storage System produced by Voice.

Mag vision (whiteboard) Abstracta, Blancowhite lamp Santa&Cole / Dahl Agenturer, Ilse Crawford Lamp produced by Wästbergs .Work station design by Fredrik Paulsen, office stationary from Deskstore, Floor by Carpet ConceptDahl Agenturer , Litterbins design by TAF produced by Nola . No5 Storage System produced by Voice. Chair produced by Wilkhahn.

Mag vision (whiteboard) Abstracta, Blancowhite lamp Santa&Cole / Dahl AgenturerIlse Crawford Lamp produced by Wästbergs, office stationary from Deskstore, No5 Storage System produced by Voice.

Lamp produced by Zero, Work station design by Fredrik Paulsen, office stationary from Deskstore , Floor by Carpet ConceptDahl agenturer , Litterbins design by TAF produced by Nola.

PRODUCTION – MUSCLES

 ”An idea that is developed and put in to action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea” – Buddha

Eventually, action needs to be taken. Thoughts, ideas and visions must have a physical manifestation. An organization’s results ultimately come from the muscles’ ability to get something done.

GRID pendants design by Front produced by Zero, Plug-in lamps design by FUWL produced by Atelje Lyktan, Nomono table design by Fredrik Mattsson produced by Horreds, Floor by Carpet Concept/ Dahl agenturer , Litterbin design by TAF produced by Nola, Mag vision (whiteboard) Abstracta.

Constructions made in Dendrolight from Riga Wood.

Plug-in lamps design by FUWL produced by Atelje Lyktan,  office stationary from DeskstoreNomono table design by Fredrik Mattsson produced by Horreds, Mag vision (whiteboard) Abstracta.

COMMUNICATION – LUNGS

 ”The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives” – Anthony Robbins

Communication is the lungs of an organization. A two-way function that enables us to aerate and oxygenate the system with fresh input and exhale our messages and thoughts.

(Right room) : Floor by  Balsan / Dahl agenturer, Babylone plantlamps from Greenwork, Noton acoustic panel design by Claesson Koivisto Rune produced by Swedese, Alcove Highback Sofa design by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec produced by Vitra.

(Left room) : Abstracta acoustic panel, Slice chair and table designed by Nina Jobs produced by Gärsnäs, Floor by Carpet ConceptDahl agenturer.

Constructions made in Dendrolight from Riga Wood .

Floor by  Balsan / Dahl agenturer, Babylone plantlamps from Greenwork, Noton acoustic panel design by Claesson Koivisto Rune produced by Swedese, Alcove Highback Sofa design by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec produced by Vitra.

Plants by mother nature.

(Left room) : Abstracta acoustic panel, Slice chair and table designed by Nina Jobs produced by Gärsnäs,  Mobile Plant Wall from from Greenwork, Riddle Magazine Hanger designed by Isaac Chen for SwedeseFloor by Carpet ConceptDahl agenturer.

(Right room): Floor by  Balsan / Dahl agenturer, Babylone plantlamps from Greenwork, Noton acoustic panel design by Claesson Koivisto Rune produced by Swedese, Alcove Highback Sofa design by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec produced by Vitra.

Abstracta acoustic panel, Slice chair and table designed by Nina Jobs produced by Gärsnäs,  Mobile Plant Wall from from Greenwork, Riddle Magazine Hanger designed by Isaac Chen for SwedeseFloor by Carpet ConceptDahl agenturer.

//The Hello Team





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