29 March 2018
Throughout Asia Pacific the workplace revolution is coming full force. We chat to CBS about the changing face of work in our region.
By now, the design industry is well aware that workspaces are changing. A far cry from the staid, monochromatic offices of yesteryear, today’s workspaces are agile and adaptable, with a focus on crafting inspiring, dynamic environments that foster worker productivity and happiness. Overwhelmingly, employees and employers alike are demanding spaces that nurture both professional and personal growth and incorporate health and wellbeing concerns into interior design, furniture selection, and fit-out.
Against this backdrop, continuous innovation and an unrelenting forward-focus within workplace design are essential. Few companies understand this as well as Colebrook Bosson Saunders (CBS), who are partnering with Indesign to present the Work Space category at this year’s INDE Awards. Since their establishment in 1990, CBS has forged a reputation as leaders in workplace ergonomics with a penchant for developing unique solutions for interfacing furniture and technology. Over the years, the company has remained driven by a desire to create spacious, healthy environments for workers in a range of work environments including offices, hospitals, trading floors, and universities.
Built on a bedrock of ergonomic research undertaken with Italian computer manufacturer Olivetti and equipped with multidisciplinary design skills encompassing architecture, product design, and furniture design, CBS is a true design powerhouse. For decades, their unique approach to incorporating technology and health into practical furniture solutions has set the curve for workplace ergonomics around the world. Today, the company has a strong global presence, with offices in the UK, Australia and Asia, in addition to a growing international network of manufacturers, dealers, and distributors.
Around the world, the CBS brand is synonymous with leadership in environmental sustainability and product design. Regardless of the scale or nature of the project, CBS view product specification as an opportunity for achieving sustainability goals, taking sustainability down to the most granular level for all building options. No project is too big or too small for the company’s inspired approach to sustainable design, which has been recognised by Green Star accreditation and embraced by offices across the globe.
Two of the company’s earliest innovations – with Wishbone being the world’s first flat screen monitor arm – remain in wide use in workspaces around the world, and the company continues to garner acclaim at international design awards. To date, CBS’s award shelf includes numerous Red Dot design awards, a Silver NeoCon Award, and a Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) award for Ergonomic Excellence – amongst other accolades.
Part of what sets CBS apart from competitors within the furniture design space is its recognition that the end user has changed and diversified. Designing healthy and productive work environments is no longer a question of one-size-fits-all, and must instead cater for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. As such, CBS pays close attention to the specifics of every design brief and carefully tailors solutions to meet every need and challenge.