Okamura Co., Ltd.
Released creative furniture “WORK VILLA” that enhances team cohesion and creates exchanges inside and outside the team
Combining “hanging places”, “engawa” and “alleys” creates various forms of communication
Okamura Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, President and CEO: Masayuki Nakamura) will launch the creative furniture “WORK VILLA” in November 2022 to enhance team cohesion and create exchanges inside and outside the team. It will be released from “Work Villa” is a unit that combines a space that serves as a gathering place for team members, consisting of sofas, meeting tables, shelves, etc., and a porch that leads from the gathering place to the outside. By arranging multiple units, the paths created between the units create accidental communication between passers-by and people sitting on the porch. As a gathering place for the team, it has a moderate feeling of confinement, and expands communication by connecting the inside and outside on the porch.
Telework is spreading, and hybrid work that combines office work and telework is spreading. Hybrid work is a flexible way of working that allows employees to choose where to work according to their purpose and needs, regardless of time and place. According to Okamura’s survey*, there are many workers who feel that there is a lack of communication about work and that they do not understand the status of team members and work partners in hybrid work that combines commuting to the office and telework. In addition, 70% feel that the office needs a place where team members can gather.
* Awareness survey on hybrid work. Okamura implemented in 2022, the metropolitan area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba), the Chukyo area (Aichi, Gifu, Mie), the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo),
Questionnaire survey targeting 1,000 full-time employees working for companies with 100 or more employees located in Fukuoka Prefecture [Image 3
In order to produce new results, it is important to work together as a team toward the same goal. What is necessary in the office to solve problems is to create a place where team members can feel how they are doing. It is possible to create a base for each individual to conduct their own work and ask others around them for confirmation and a little consultation as needed, and a base for team work that fosters a strong sense of camaraderie by setting up an exclusive space for each department or project. It is important.
“Work Villa” creates a place that serves as a team base that enhances team cohesion. As a gathering place for the team, it has a moderate feeling of confinement, and expands communication by connecting the inside and outside on the porch.
―Characteristics of Creative Furniture “WORK VILLA”―
“Work Villa” is a unit that combines a space that serves as a gathering place for team members, consisting of sofas, meeting tables, shelves, etc., and a porch that leads from the gathering place to the outside. By arranging multiple units and combining “hangouts”, “engawa” and “alleys”, it is possible to create various communication. ・Hanging place
It is a place that can be a team base where information can be shared immediately. Combine sofas, meeting tables and shelves for team meetings or individual work. With an open setting that is easy to enter and exit, team members can feel free to stop by. By becoming a base for each member, it enhances the team’s sense of unity. [Image 5
It is a place that connects the inside and outside of the team. The veranda extends outside a unit that combines a sofa, meeting table, and shelf for seating. People around you can see how the team is doing, and you can easily ask for opinions and chat, connecting people and places. It also works as a small work space.
It is a place that connects teams to teams. It is a passage between units that can be created when multiple units are arranged side by side. It creates accidental communication when people pass each other. Casual communication can lead to new ideas.
●Examples of communication that can be achieved with “work villas” ・Feel free to talk to each other
You can talk to people in the hangout from the porch. Communication with people outside the team is born like a neighborhood relationship. ・Communication across teams
On the porch in the corridor between each team, we will create a space like a meeting beyond the boundaries of the team. Feel free to come together to share your ideas.
・An accidental conversation is born
■ Sofa station
*All sizes are mm
Sofa panel/sofa body: 3 colors (beige, light gray, dark gray) Table top plate, edge side plate, edge side top plate: 3 colors (light greige, greige, dark gray)
Shelf/base/table legs: 1 color (black)
Cushion (LL/M): Twill 10 colors (beige, light gray, gray, dark gray, dark blue, sage, dark green, yellow green, terracotta, pale pink) Seat cushion: 3 colors of twill (beige, light gray, dark gray) Cafe table/Personal table: 4 colors (Light Greige, Greige, Dark Gray, Black) Tray: 3 colors (copper, tin, black)
A combination of sofa module, shelf module, table module, cushion LL x 3, and cushion M x 2 is 2,310,900 yen (excluding tax).
■ Sales target for the first year: 300 million yen
□Okamura Website Creative Furniture “WORK VILLA” Special Site https://www.okamura.co.jp/product/others/work_villa/sp/
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