FLS 3 - Green Offices
(March 2013 - June 2013)
The 3rd edition of Future Living Studio focused on « green offices » in Vietnam. The term « green offices » includes a wide range of inter-connected aspects and issues, from architecture to management to behavior change. The team defined an action field that could be explored and improved by a design approach. Characteristics such as comfort and different working positions, functionality, flexible and alternative workspaces, encouraging interaction between people and easily changeable interiors. This design line should be reproductible and adaptable to any green office, connecting the product design aspects to interior design issues.
From user and desktop research, creative brainstorming, design thinking and heated debate. The design team defined a vision for the future of offices in Vietnam and decided to explore adaptability, playfulness, flexibility and cultural heritage in the usage of products. We developed the collection of products and furniture with key sustainable design parameters such as local materials and techniques, stackable or flatpack, modular, minimalism and redesign.
FLS designers observed and analyzed the companies production capacity, its strengths and weaknesses through a series of site visits and process analysis, looking for opportunities for sustainable design innovation at the production level.
FLS used a range of engagement techniques to gain user insights about sustainability and the workplace. We went out on to the street and interviewed office workers, created an online survey. We also met with experts working in the sustainability field and innovative workplaces to discuss the biggest challenges and opportuntiies for FLS and gain insight to their ways of working.
Learning by doing
The collaborative approach of FLS is based on learning by doing, engaging directly with people and making to develop designs. During the 3rd edition of FLS in Hanoi, we did it in distinct ways:
We explored the traditional materials and techniques in order to identify opportunities for new shapes and new ways of joining and to understand the material capability; develop new functions, and product ideas which are suitable to the company capacity. We did two workshops with the factory workers to learn traditional skills and build familiarity with the people and explore ways we can work together.
Vietnamese craftsmen are known for being very skillful however are used to reproducing the same products over and over. By working directly with them FLS brings creativity and innovation that aims to « disturb » this usual process. Through the challenge of resolving technical conflicts, or adapting a concept to the material constraints, craftsmen and designers generate together new results and further potentials.
3. collaborative workshop
FLS have created a hands on skills transfer, working together in the SPIN workshop to develop some of the prototypes and problem solve as we go.
We organized two Open Studio Days at different times of the design process, in order to inform the public about our approach and involve them in the user testing phase.