Clerkenwell Design Week – Revolution in workplace interior design

  • 18 May 2015

Howard Chapman, Editor of Buildingtalk

I will be at THE VAULT showroom, 8 St Johns Lane, London, EC1M 4BF during Clerkenwell Design Week to interview interior designer Gary Wheeler live online via the new Periscope technology promoted via Twitter, Follow Buildingtalk on Twitter to get a live link prompt on Thursday lunchtime, 21st May. You can comment live during the interview but do keep it clean or I will be in trouble.

Why Millennials demand change in workplace design

Workplace design must change for Millennials

Millennials, the generation born after 1980, are now getting into their economic stride and about to move into their prime spending years.

According to Goldman Sachs research, Millennials are one of the largest generations in history and are poised to reshape the economy. Their unique experiences will change the ways we buy and sell, forcing companies to examine how they do business for decades to come.

In 10 years time they will be 75% of the workforce. but they are not just an age group.

What will the office of the future look like?

What is really transforming the workplace is the Millennial mindset that is expressed through four key dimensions each with profound implications to design:

  • Connectivity
  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility
  • Autonomy

GARY WHEELER and GRANT K€NIK at Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week 19 -21 May 2015

Interior design specialist GARY WHEELER, founder partner at WHEELERKANIK, will be interviewed along with GRANT K€NIK by Buildingtalk during Clerkenwell Design Week on Thursday 21st May at around 1pm, live and interactive via Periscope.

The inteview wiil be at The Vault showroom, 8 St Johns Lane, London, EC1M 4BF Phone: 020 7566 0440

Grant will explore how workplace design can play a key part in attracting and retaining future talent by creating settings which support each of these key dimensions – and give us an insight into what the office of the future will look like.

Gary Wheeler says: Socialisation at work has become much more important. The water-cooler used to be looked at negatively. Not any more. Its where you go to find people you trust to exchange knowledge. CafŽs are the knowledge marketplace. Head-down work amounts to about half your time in the office, and it is shrinking compared to collaboration, which is growing, especially as more women enter the workplace who want sharing, validation and feedback.

Download Periscope and watch this live video on your iPhone or iPad and join in the conversation!


Gary Wheeler

About Gary Wheeler

Gary has dedicated his career to improving the quality of work and life through design. His work has transformed the environment of companies such as Apple, Time Warner, and JP Morgan, and created beautiful homes and retail spaces in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East.

In 2009 Gary co-founded WHEELERKANIK after years in leadership positions at firms like Perkins andamp; Will, NBBJ and Gensler.

Gary is a recipient of the IIDA Lifetime Achievement Award and a board member of the Design Futures Council. He is also the only member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame working in corporate interiors in Europe today.

A pioneer in moving the profession beyond aesthetics, Gary is a contributor to workplace research and a regular speaker on the impact of strategic design.

About Grant Kanik

Grant Kanik

Grant, a co-founder at WHEELERKANIK, believes that design should have a measurable impact. He combines research, benchmarking and critical insight to determine where design intervention is most needed and what value it creates.

Credited with designing the office of the future by the Financial Times, Grants wide-ranging experience in the corporate, retail, hospitality and residential fields results in stronger, more rounded solutions.

He has helped transform organisations such as American Express, the London Stock Exchange and Edelman PR. A versatile designer, he also creates outstanding residential and retail spaces in the UK and abroad.


Link to Goldman Sachs Infographic on Millennials




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