Ebner Publishing’s publications include the world’s largest watch magazine Chronos, known in the US as WatchTime. With their focus on timepieces, the publishers know pinpoint precision and luxury style when they see them. Their ultramodern headquarters in Ulm, Germany, reflect these qualities: stunning architecture, integrated energy efficiency solutions and a spacious modern working environment.
When creating the office layout, they grasped the chance to be at the forefront of the activity-based workplace design movement, freeing their workforce from single workstations and introducing relaxation areas alongside a variety of working areas customised to a particular function. To create the partitions for these different areas, there was only one option: the USM Haller modular system. Finished in a clean, neutral light grey, Ebner designed a series of bespoke pieces with extensive drawer-based storage in three layers at the bottom, topped off with a mixture of closed shelving, magazine display shelves and open display shelves at the top. These larger units are supplemented with waist-high storage features that provide subtle zoning without breaking up the openness of the space.
The pieces thus do triple service: storage for the company’s documentation and other business effects, display for their own magazines and periodicals and elegant workspace partitioning. Best of all, the modular furniture allows for constant reconfiguration, bringing true dynamism to the space: the partitions can be moved or adapted at any time to accommodate a growing workforce, introduce new areas, or simply for a change.
Each of the working areas also features USM Haller desks that are not only tailored to a particular function, but that also make use of a height-adjustment feature, allowing them to adapt to meet specific requirements at a moment’s notice. Open breakout areas encourage collaboration with height-adjustable USM Kitos tables with circular tabletops.
The result? A tailor-made environment that meets the business’s exact needs with precision and elegance, letting them deliver the best results - on time.
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