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Culture

Changing interiors: new social relationships

28 Feb · 11h00

© Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Tony da Silva/LUSA

The reception room for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union on the 50th floor of the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels was reorganised with an integrated modular system designed in 2019 by Roberto Alves and João Teixeira for Cadeinor, which they called the Nexus System.

 

Their aim with this system was to change the paradigm of workplaces, normally closed and confined, isolated and not very comfortable, turning them into open environments that are more comfortable and conducive to working together. The Nexus System is made up of the following modules: furniture with soft seats and in different layouts, sizes, versions and colours, with optional elements; connecting bases in wood veneered MDF, with electrical sockets and USB ports; upholstered coffee tables with a wooden top, and central modules.

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© Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Tony da Silva/LUSA

Flexible, technological solutions conducive to creativity

The modular versatility of the Nexus System makes different spatial layouts possible, whether in straight lines or curved, proposing flexible, technological solutions for each workplace that are conducive to working together and people exchanging ideas, being creative and negotiating. In other words, the teamwork that is so necessary for organisations to perform well. The materials used, from wood to fabric, and the bright, cheerful colours, together with plants on the tables or on the modules, give the workspaces a human touch, making them more inviting and dynamic, while always bearing the well-being of the staff in mind.

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Rethinking interior spaces given the new reality

With the Nexus System, the curator, Bárbara Coutinho, Director of MUDE, aimed to show the multipurpose nature of interior spaces, from housing to the workplace, aware of how profoundly they have been changing, mainly due to the new contexts and needs created by the pandemic, which has generated new realities, mindsets and social relationships.

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© Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Tony da Silva/LUSA

According to the curator, the debate will be whether to opt for the environments that privilege isolation and hierarchical, segmented organisation that were beginning to lose their meaning, but which do provide for privacy, concentration and silence, or to choose the option of continuing to invest in less hierarchical and more horizontal structures, through modularity, versatility, fluidity and comfort, conducive to more dynamic, participatory and cooperative work processes.

 

These premises made it fundamental to redesign the furniture, while always taking the dynamics of social relationships into account.