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Colección Qadro de Steelcase. Qadro collection for Steelcase. The evolution of the work environment: from the organization to the relationship Mario Ruiz, the industrial designer, talks to us about the changes he has witnessed in the design of offices and work environments over the last 20 years. From the organization to the relationship, or how the user is now in command. The world of the office is one of the areas where the evolution of industrial design has been most noticeable over the last few decades. I have been designing furniture for workspaces for more than 25 years, and the experience has shown me that such changes are a translation of everything that is happening on a social and cultural level. I think that, now, what we are seeing is a way of working in spaces that have a more comfortable image. As a matter of fact, the creative process involved in designing furniture for both residential and office use is the same. What changes is the project, the customer profile and the end user. In a home, it is important who buys an object; in the office, the buyer is not the user, but the buyer decides which people are going to it. 22 spaincontract. Meeting Point. Mario Ruiz Offices 20 years ago For 20 years, the universe of the office has gone through different phases. At the beginning the important thing was the organization of the physical documentation; then came the concern for ergonomics; later electrification of work environments; then the ease of assembly ... And at this moment what they have been working on has evolved, so that what office furniture is trying to solve revolves around other priorities. Today, technology is no longer in the furniture, it is with the people. No more wiring. For this reason, what furniture seeks to solve are questions of interrelationships between people. Colour? Yes, thanks Designers work with colour, it is a fundamental material when creating a project. From the beginning of any work, we designers suggest colours. Once the project is approved, the choice of colours is a phase in the process when the manufacturer who has a voice can confirm what is being suggested satisfies the needs of the brand. But just any type of tone will not meet all requirements. Colours transmit emotions, they help us, but they can also hurt us. Depending on the location, cultural issues arise that represent a fundamental starting point when making decisions about what is best for each space or for each project. The chair, the paradigm of the office People are different, we work in different jobs,


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