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Business Interiors by Staples and Metropolis Magazine Announce Second Annual Workplace of the Future Design Competition
|By Business Wire
|June 9, 2014 07:03 AM EDT
Students, emerging designers and industry professionals can architect
their vision for the workplace of the future in a competition hosted by
Business Interiors by Staples, the furniture and interior design
division of Staples Advantage, and Metropolis, the magazine of
architecture, culture and design. The second annual contest, Workplace
of the Future 2.0, starts July 1, 2014 with a call for entries that
invites architects and designers to submit concepts that depict how the
workplace will change in the next 10-15 years.
Key trends that emerged from last year’s contest included reclaiming
urban space, re-imagining office furniture, employee-centric design and
The workplace is changing rapidly, with 8,000 Baby Boomers reaching
retirement each day, Millennials entering with new expectations and
technology blurring our personal and professional lives. With these
trends as the backdrop, Workplace of the Future 2.0 will highlight how
design visionaries respond with ways to reinvent how we work.
"Digitization and innovations in technology have transformed how we
work, play and experience the world," said Metropolis
Publisher and Editor in Chief, Susan S. Szenasy. "They have also changed
the way workers interact and use their physical work space. These
innovations allow designers to re-imagine what’s possible. This
competition is a great opportunity for architects and designers to
unleash their creativity and re-imagine workspaces.”
“The design community responded with incredible vision and ingenuity,
which helped the architecture and design community understand the
evolving needs of a mobile, virtual 21st century workforce,"
said John Michael, Vice President and General Manager, Business
Interiors by Staples. "This year’s competition will foster conversations
and concepts about digitally connected, productive, sustainable and
Business Interiors by Staples is the contract furniture and design arm
of Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
With more than 25 years of providing quality furniture solutions, it
helps organizations of all types and sizes—from small, local companies
to large Fortune 1000 companies—create more productive, healthy and
sustainable workspaces. It is one of the largest contract furniture
dealers in North America and one of the only companies with direct
relationships with more than 250 manufacturers.
About the competition:
Entry deadline is October 6, 2014. Business Interiors by Staples will
award $7,500 for the top design, and $2,500 for the runner-up. For more
details about the competition and for entry details, please visit www.metropolismag.com/workplace-of-the-future/
and watch for ongoing updates from Metropolis magazine.
Business Interiors by Staples to lead a session titled, “How Will We
Work in 2020? Furniture and Design Considerations for the Future
Workplace” at NeoCon:
Dan Lee, National Design Manager for Business Interiors by Staples,
along with AJ Paron-Wildes, Regional Architectural and Design Manager
for Allsteel and last year’s competition winner, Joe Filipelli, will
present a session titled “How Will We Work in 2020? Furniture and Design
Considerations for the Future Workplace.” The presentation will take
place on Tuesday, June 10, from 4-5 p.m. CDT in seminar room 1473A.
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more
ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they
want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers
more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom
supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies and Copy and
Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards
Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston,
Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia,
Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS)
is available at www.staples.com.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, helping them make more happen with more products, greater
cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage
provides its customers, including global businesses, local, state and
federal government, healthcare organizations and educational
institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive
products and services like office supplies, technology, printing,
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a
customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service.
More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
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