You worked for Lissoni Associati for ten years until December 2008 and you became head of the design department pretty rapidly. What do you think qualified you in particular for such a position of responsibility.
Oh, that's a difficult question for me to answer. Perhaps it was my ability to get on with people and to put together a team of people who would approach their work with motivation and enthusiasm. In addition I find myself naturally aligned with Piero's way of designing, which is of course fundamental to such a position. This is why we still work together, for example for Knoll.
What kind of office/working-situation did you see as precondition for your design?
For sure we had concepts of what an office should be, how people should work and what they should need. This was also to be combined with Knoll's and the known market requirements for an office system.
With this project we considered very closely the user and specific unresolved problems that arise from working all day at a desk, such as aches and pains deriving from using a mouse - hence the "arm-rest-mouse-pad", and arm ache from forearms resting on hard, sharp desk edges - hence the "soft arm pad".
I personally believe that part-time freelance work is, in many cases, a very positive thing as it allows people to organise their own time, to focus on certain tasks and work intensively and with motivation on them, rather than waste time in the office at times when perhaps there is actually nothing to do! This style of working improves the quality of life for the worker and allows more freedom to spend time with family, friends etc.
Thankfully, increasing numbers of people are working temporarily, freelance or as consultants and therefore may have more temporary positions on a larger "bench type" structure, or may spend much time out of the office. Considering this we also focused on personal space within a bench system and created the pin board and writing mat as well as a series of acessories for personal use and a storage system which may be ordered in small modules to provide larger, lockable space for personal documents.
Another design angle was of course re-use. All the WA sytem can be very easily set up and taken down again and re-used in other ways and configurations. This means that the system can grow and adapt as a company grows and adapts. The system can even move buildings with it's owners.
Reception and entrance lobby interiors at the Traversi building, Milano, designed by Marc Krusin