With the year now drawing to a close, the industry looks ahead to all that the future might bring.
One such example is explored in this month’s Inspire, as architects Antonio Girardi and Cristiana Favretto address the uncertain future of the world’s agriculture. Jellyfish Barge offers a revolutionary solution to a worldwide problem of scarcity of water and cultivable land. The floating, modular greenhouse is made from recycled materials and provides a location for farming as well as water distillation. Read about this unique project on page 8.
2014 has seen a number of innovations within the office design sector. From zoning movements and open plan solutions to new spaces designed specifically for collaborative work, all motives aim to create office environments that ignite productivity at the same time as nurturing employee wellbeing. This issue’s Flooring feature discusses how the workplace environment is becoming ever more important because of its impact on health and productivity. On page 32 Abby Chandler, Commercial Manager at flooring specialist Heckmondwike FB, presents colour as a key component to the psychology of office design.
Elsewhere in this month’s issue, the Furniture focus on page 24 demonstrates a return to traditional designs, a bespoke spotlight presents a modern furniture designer who draws inspiration from natural materials and the regular Expose feature shows a British manufacturing success story on page 20.
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Finally, on behalf on the Inex team, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support over the last year and to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.