Stockholm – In response to the realities of flexible working arrangements, digital technology consultancy Samsen has unveiled a lifestyle-driven workspace which takes inspiration from Japanese hospitality venues. The Samsen Atelier, by design agency Note Design Studio, intentionally avoids a conventional office feel through interiors that mimic wine bars. Created for both work and leisure, the adaptive space provides a communal environment for Samsen employees.
By offering an alternative workspace that prioritises employee wellbeing and relationships, Samsen recognises the need to accommodate its staff beyond practical elements. ‘The whole idea is to offer employees something different and add real value besides going to work every day,’ says Susanna Wåhlin, interior architect at Note Design Studio. Following on from the ideas we explore in Reworking the Workplace, businesses are faced with the challenge of creating work environments that respond to concerns about health, productivity and employee satisfaction.
While many companies have adopted to remote or flexible operations since the beginning of the pandemic, future workplaces have an opportunity to create such adaptable spaces that better facilitate interpersonal connections.
Businesses looking to create alternative workspaces should consider the interests of employees to design bespoke environments that meet their personal, social and professional needs.