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The Art & Science of Design Film Series

Date posted: 30 August, 2018

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The Executive Centre (TEC) has collaborated with long-standing design partners to create a film series exploring trends in wellness, productivity and lifestyle as it relates to the modern workspace. Since 1994 TEC have worked to create thoughtfully articulated workspaces that prioritise both aesthetics and functionality, catering to ambitious professionals and industry leaders looking for more than just an office space. TEC has cultivated an environment designed for success with a global network spanning Greater China, Southeast Asia, North Asia, India, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and Australia, with sights to go further and grow faster. This documentary series covers the ongoing relationship between TEC with Fiona Hardie ID, Timothy Oulton, 9AM and Herman Miller.

TEC has worked in partnership with Fiona Hardie ID since 2005. The first collaboration was the design of the space in the Taipei 101 building. Since this time, Fiona has been an important figure in the evolving aesthetic of The Executive Centre. The first film in the series centres on the evolution of design and the shifting dynamic of the workplace, a dynamic that is increasingly open and collaborative. In terms of the working relationship, Fiona explains the natural progression and transformation of the process, “We’ve developed together really, we’ve worked together, and we keep unfolding new ideas. We accept that it’s an organic process. As the workplace changes, it’s very important, not only for TEC, but for me to keep up so that we can maintain this relationship, together.”

The second film in the series covers the relationship with Timothy Oulton and is an exploration of the exchange between aesthetics and utility. Timothy Oulton explains, “If you make a space beautiful, people just behave differently, and it’s always a change for the positive, even in a workplace. If you feel comfortable you’re much more open to different ideas, different perspectives apart from your own.” At The Executive Centre, Members can immerse themselves in the enduring quality of the Timothy Oulton look and feel and this film is a meditation on the power of beautiful design.

TEC and 9AM have worked together since August 2016 to offer simple innovations that address one of the biggest problems in the traditional workspace, simply put, we sit for too long each day. 9AM have innovated height-adjustable standing desks that respond to ongoing productivity solutions. Alex Hu of 9AM explains this brand of functional ergonomics, “Our innovation on the smart standing desk triggered this partnership, as TEC is also looking for new ideas that can surprise and benefit their Members….TEC and 9AM are heading in the same direction. With the help of technology, we believe that a well-designed space should not only provide a place to work, but also inspire and energise people when they’re working.” Simple innovation, maximum benefit and a future-first partnership that creates a truly seamless work experience has been the hallmark of the ongoing association between 9AM and TEC.

The final film in the series is in collaboration with Herman Miller and showcases how evolving design philosophies about the modern workplace are bought to life at TEC. Maria Andreu of Herman Miller explains, “The qualities of a good workplace really need to show a deep understanding of what makes us human. The Executive Centre is a living example of Herman Miller’s mission, which is to inspire designs to help people do great things. When you walk into all The Executive Centre spaces, you can really feel the positive attitude of the people working there.” The film celebrates the longstanding partnership that gets to the heart of a deep, scientific understanding of how people live and work alongside thoughtful design.

The series celebrated at a launch event on August 30 and is released in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Japanese and Korean. TEC looks forward to developing centres that continue to push the boundaries of traditional workspace design. In celebrating innovative materials, exceptional craftsmanship and seamless product experience we will continue to provide best in class service and experience for Members throughout the expanding global network.

About The Executive Centre

The Executive Centre (TEC) opened its doors in Hong Kong in 1994 and today boasts over 125+ centres in 30 cities and 13 countries. It is the world’s third largest serviced office business in Asia with annual turnover in excess of US$200 million.

The Executive Centre caters to ambitious professionals and industry leaders looking for more than just an office space – they are looking for a place for their organisation to thrive. TEC has cultivated an environment designed for success with a global network spanning Greater China, Southeast Asia, North Asia, India, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and Australia, with sights to go further and grow faster. Each Executive Centre offers a prestigious address with the advanced infrastructure to pre-empt, meet, and exceed the needs of its members. Walking with members through every milestone and achievement, The Executive Centre empowers ambitious professionals and organisations to succeed.

Privately owned and headquartered in Hong Kong, TEC provides first class Private and Shared Workspaces, Business Concierge Services, and Meeting & Conference facilities to suit any business’ needs.

About Timothy Oulton

The story of Timothy Oulton started back in 1976 with a small antiques shop, owned by Tim’s dad. Profoundly influenced by his love of antiques, his father’s military background, and an inherent affection of British heritage, Tim created an authentic, visionary brand with the deepest integrity and a passion to deliver the extraordinary. Handcrafted with only the best traditional techniques and fabrications, each Timothy Oulton piece is inspired by the past, but reconceived from a modern perspective, producing uniquely authentic collections which push the boundaries of furniture design.

About 9AM

9AM is a Beijing-based technology company that focuses on providing enterprise smart workspace solutions. 9AM designs and produces its own smart standing desks. Using standing desk as the intelligence carrier, 9AM aims to create client a customized, healthier and smarter workspace. Leveraging the latest technologies as IoT, Big Data and office behaviour analysis, 9AM also has products as office digitization management and workspace data analysis system.

Around the globe, 9AM offers the on-demand enterprise service, fulfilled by local team on a one-to-one basis. Up to now, 9AM serviced over 400 clients with fully customized workspace solutions.

9AM’s roadmap of projects covered Greater China locations of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and nations of Japan, UAE, U.S., Singapore, Finland, Vietnam, Australia, etc.

About Herman Miller, Inc.

Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal.

The company’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and it has received the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the past 12 years, and has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index for the past nine years.

In fiscal 2016, the company generated $2.26 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people worldwide. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

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