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BVN Stories, News — June 3, 2022

BVN’s London studio shows festival visitors how to make their WorkPOP.

The UK’s leading design festival was given some Australian spirit at the end of May, when BVN London hosted an installation and talks series that reimagined when, where, how and why we work.

Between the intermittent British weather, visitors to the festival used the WorkPOP installation space on Clerkenwell Green for meetings, work, conversations, media updates and a daily cocktail hour with an ‘on brand’ Aperol spritz, or two.

The installation itself paid homage to the ethos of re-ply, our New York initiative. Bright, eye catching and assembled from recycled materials, it put the “pop” in our WorkPOP initiative! Made from recycled acrylic materials by our partners Second Home Co working, the structure has a circular lifespan, and has now moved to London Fields to support its creative community.

BVN’s New York team, along with Principal Matthew Blair from Sydney, and co-CEO, Neil Logan from Brisbane joined, to showcase our inherent collective creativity.

To kick start the content stream, our Strategy Director, Work + Place, Esme Banks Marr led a discussion on the layers of the workplace ecosystem. Covering what we mean when we say ‘work’ and ‘place’ and what these things mean to employees, and how organisations can enable people to be their best authentic selves.

Esme was joined by organisational psychologist and academic, Dr Jo Yarker, Head of Real Estate EMEA at Macquarie Group, Rhebeckha D’Silva, and our own Studio Lead and Design Director, Susanne Mayer.

Wednesday saw another panel discussion take place, taking the discourse deeper into finding clarity and meaning behind the language we use around work. After the past two years, it has become heavily apparent that clarity is key, and communication and engagement at all levels through all channels is crucial for the success of elastic work.

Jo Sutherland, Managing Director of specialist built environment communications agency, Magenta Associates, led the discussion, joined by Kasia Maynard, Editor of the WORKTECH Academy, Ceinwen Jarvis, Head of Marketing at Second Home, and Esme – whose background is in research and communications.

Alongside all this activity, we were also joined by the ‘Workplace Geeks’ podcast, who live recorded episodes with Dr Imogen Privett and Dr Jo Yarker, to get their respective views on current workplace research and theories.

The final day of the festival saw our co-CEO Neil Logan take to the stage, to share his views on collective creativity to design a better future, alongside Oanh Nguyen Henriksen, of Danish architects Dorte Mandrup, and Benjamin Lesser, of London’s leading developer, Derwent.

Never should we cease to share opinions and converse! Our BVN London team is always happy to debate work and place and is actively speaking at conferences around the world about how theory translates into practice. This is our focus in London right now.

Get in touch if you’d like to talk about how we can help you with reimagining and redesigning your London HQ.

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