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Retreat Zones

The CoWork lounge provides a place for nomadic workers to meet, greet, focus and work.

Photo courtesy: Inform Contract and BuzziSpace

INFORM Contract and BuzziSpace present the useable CoWork lounge at IDS Vancouver for attendees to retreat to a quiet zone to catch up on emails, make a phone call, charge devices or have a meeting. The lounge will showcase furniture, lighting and acoustic solutions and workplace options for the rapidly growing trend of co-working for nomadic workers.

Due to the new ways of working, changes in the office real estate landscapes result in a higher demand for flexible working spaces. “In light of CBRE’s Americas Occupier Survey Report 2018, we believe that the popularity of co-working is a response to rising real-estate cost and the surge towards leasing flexibility, both in our local market and beyond,” says Yvonne Littlewood, Workplace Strategy Consultant for CBRE. “We expect the co-working model to build even more momentum in the coming three years.”

BuzziSpace understands the need for creating a range of flexible microenvironments within a space, providing people with the choice of where to work depending on individual wants and various tasks. INFORM Contract and BuzziSpace teamed up to create the CoWork lounge for people to experience the mobile office, varied meeting areas, and focused workspaces outside of the traditional office space.

The CoWork booth will include acoustic retreat zones, such as the BuzziBooth for focused work and the BuzziHood to take phone calls. Additionally, the lounge will also feature a picnic table meeting area, acoustic wall panels, and acoustic lighting options.

Located in Vancouver, Canada, INFORM Contract is the commercial lighting and furniture division of INFORM Interiors, a retail showroom established in 1963 by founder and Danish furniture designer Niels Bendtsen. INFORM Contract’s director Paul Sjaarda and team of professionals provide expert experience in sourcing products and new solutions for the ever-changing commercial interior environment, and have installed furniture and lighting in some of the West Coast’s most prestigious and award-winning offices, institutions, airports, restaurants, hotels and museums.

They came together with BuzziSpace, which creates solutions for happy and healthy spaces around the world. With a mission to improve wellbeing through human centric design, the Belgian design brand provides original acoustic solutions, lighting and furnishings to meet the needs of the modern workplace—and beyond. It started with acoustics.

From there, the mission grew. Driven by an unbounded passion for solving modern design challenges, BuzziSpace continuously reimagines furnishings to be more functional and fun. The brand's in-house studio collaborates with talented designers to provide new ways of working and living—comfortably, collaboratively and sustainably.

Founded in 2007, BuzziSpace has grown into an award-winning acoustics leader. The Antwerp-based company has established an international presence with showrooms in Antwerp, New York, Chicago, and Aachen, and its own manufacturing facilities in Bladel (NL) and High Point (US).

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