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Home Living 品味家居 Squarefoot.com.hk squarefoot.com.hk @hk_squarefoot Squarefoot.com.hk @squarefoot.com.hk squarefoot 香港房地產物業指南 With its greater China head office and showroom in Quarry Bay, The JEB Group consists of JEB, a commercial partitioning system of products and services; BW, a distributor of predominantly European office furnishings; Infinity, an interior finishing products and services arm; and JEB Custom Projects for bespoke industrial solutions. Wall has been with JEB since the early 90s, and has pretty much seen it all when it comes to furnishings. “Some manufacturers produce families of chairs, for people looking for a common design language for meeting rooms, executive offices and lounge areas,” notes Wall. “Others are about iconic chairs that may change colour or upholstery, but there is just one version—like the Eames Lounge and Ottoman.” As personal work spaces become smaller due to shrinking technology, private offices are becoming obsolete in less conservative industries. Some have non-dedicated spaces, for staff who spend most of their time on the road. To meet these needs, BW offers semi-enclosures that push the boundaries of the chair, such as Vitra’s Alcove. Its upholstered high back and side has a degree of sound absorption, allowing for quiet work or private calls. “I think the biggest change to the office in recent years is that staff experience comes more into play,” Wall notes. “Café culture is seeping into the office, and we are seeing more sofas and casual café chairs used for meetings. In our office, we put worksurfaces on top of filing cabinets, for people to meet informally or spread out a drawing in the middle of the office. We have music in the background and a funky design. We provide great coffee. People like coming to this work environment.” Wall察覺到:「有些製造商生產一系列款式 類同的座椅,應付一般會議室、行政人員辦 公室及會客室的需要。其他則只專門生產一 款富代表性的設計,但會採用不同的顏色及 裝飾物料,好像Eames躺倚和腳凳。」 由於辦公室科技趨向簡單微細化,私人工作 空間亦相對較小,特別在一些不太傳統的產 業,私人辦公室已經過時。經常要外出工 作的員工,都沒有固定的工作間,為了配合 這方面的需要,BW提供半密封式的座椅設 計,例如Vitra的Alcove梳化,高聳的靠背和 側板在一定程度上可以隔音,讓使用者擁有 寧靜的工作空間,更方便傾談私人電話。 Wall表示:「我認為近年辦公室設計的最大 轉變是更重視員工的體驗。咖啡館文化逐漸 滲入辦公室內,會議室採用更多舒適的梳化 和輕便的座椅。我們的辦公室設計時髦,還 有背景音樂,工作木台面安放在文件櫃上,讓 同事可在輕鬆的環境下面談,又或在辦公室 的中央把設計圖打開,一同研究。我們又為 員工提供美味的咖啡,人人都愛在這樣的環 境下工作。」 www.thejebgroup.com 42


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