Crafting privacy

Murmur collection
Produced by
Elementa, Norway

Floor modules - Grounded, Hovering
Table module - Modesty
Ceiling lighting - Elevated
Oil free open space divider made with ash wood, textile and metal

Exhibition
Norwegian Presence
Milano 2019

Open workspaces are adaptive, social and space efficient, perfect for creative sharing and social interaction. At the same time many people find these spaces distractive. Objects in living spaces are active agents that can enhance our energy or take it away. The Murmurs are designed to follow our activity patterns and create a healthy and friendly environment. Together with Elementa, we committed to make a collection entirely from fossil-free materials.

Co-workers

We met people in different kinds of open spaces in Oslo, Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam who shared their thoughts, needs and rituals within their co-working spaces. We tested the first ideas of the Murmur with simple models in co-working spaces in Oslo and Marseille. Out of the observations and feedbacks we discovered three major insights: Living modular rooms give the experience of a new space. Nature and randomness brings life and value to rooms. Visual confidentiality and echo sound-absorption provide a needed privacy in open spaces.

Private in the communs

Beginning 2017, we tested the first ideas of the Murmur with simple models in co-working spaces in Oslo and Marseille. Out of the observations and feedbacks we discovered three major insights: Living modular rooms give the experience of a new space. Nature and randomness brings life and value to rooms. Visual confidentiality and echo sound-absorption provide a needed privacy in open spaces.

We extracted from the immersive process with people the following point-of-view: an engaged Community Manager who had a former unfulfilling career, is busy juggling the daily space management with anticipating future content, needs changeable rooms and big light furniture that doesn't get lost, store away without taking space and effortlessly adapt and bring value to any type of event and member, because a successful co-working space is one that is alive and experienced as a new space from one hour to the next, at the same time as it provides individual privacy.

Based on those conclusions, we tested several scenarios and created their essence in MurMur, an extension of ourself in spaces, protecting your thoughts and activities visually and offering a more serene acoustic environment, in any space or situation.

Murmur

Murmur is enhancing the visual confidentiality requested by people. It also includes the most harmless collection of materials, with Norwegian regional wool based fabric, solid wood, and a design principle allowing anybody to fix and upgrade MurMur on its own way. This is truly addressing a longer longevity and life to MurMur, for the best of Nature and all of us.

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