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Paperworld 2018: special show ‘Future Office’ puts emphasis on health and safety

Jul 5, 2017

New: numerous brand manufacturers to exhibit in the area dedicated to health in the workplace

Paperworld 2018: Sketch of the future office
Sketch of the future office 2018 with the focus on health. A course (here in blue) leads through the individual stations of the special show.

Paperworld 2018 is all set to provide new insights into the ‘Future Office’. The second edition of this special show in Hall 3.0, which celebrated its successful debut in 2017, will concern itself with health. From 27 to 30 January 2018, the ‘Future Office’ will be all about the well-being and health of office staff. With this as its emphasis, the leading international trade fair for paper, office supplies and stationery in Frankfurt am Main will be spotlighting a hot topic for the sector and its future, as far as offices are concerned.

A healthy, safe workplace with opportunities for personalisation of design and for being able to withdraw to a quiet space are crucially important, if motivation and productivity of the staff are to be maintained. The German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has established that employees take around 15 days a year off sick – and this figure is increasing annually. That is why companies are increasingly investing in the promotion and management of health. What that might look like in reality and what possibilities exist for creating a ‘healthy’ working environment are all things that visitors to the trade fair can expect to find out, first hand, at Paperworld.

“I am pleased that we shall be laying emphasis on this important topic of health in the ‘Future Office’ special show at Paperworld, and shall be presenting some suggestions for solutions. Paperworld invests a lot in its supporting program in order to present new insights to visitors and exhibitors, and at the same time to provide ideas for a successful business” says Michael Reichhold, Director of Paperworld.

How does the ‘Bad Office’ become the ‘Healthy Office’?

The design concept for the special show is once again in the hands of the architectural firm of Matter, with internationally renowned architect André Schmidt from Berlin and the highly regarded architectural platform ‘World-Architects’.

“The design is based on the idea that you only become aware of the negative factors when you use the office on an everyday basis,” explains architect André Schmidt. That is why the central point is the ‘Bad Office’, where life is loud, crowded, hectic and uncomfortable. Visitors start from here and wander through the ‘Healthy Office’, which provides them with positive and opposing impressions. Six areas contribute to an overall healthy office atmosphere: the office space, furniture, catering, working practices, staff and task, and these are all explored one by one in the dedicated special show. So, visitors trace a path through individual locations with acoustic experiences and lighting scenarios. They can try out a display of seating and get information about the quality of meals and about bio-rhythms; they can experience the atmosphere in quiet areas, to which people can go and discuss their new impressions in a café. In addition, there is some highly relevant and useful information to be had in specialist lectures and guided tours. The topics, which are aimed at specific target groups, change daily.

New in 2018: exhibition space for brand manufacturers

“The content of the special exhibition is aimed at architects, facility managers and planners, as well as at retailers of office supplies, equipment, fittings and furnishings. Thematically appropriate lectures and guided tours are currently being worked out for both target groups,” says Reichhold. Also new in 2018 is an additional exhibition area within the special show, in which brand manufacturers can present to visitors their products relating to acoustics, lighting, air quality, hygiene, ergonomics, sustainability, furniture and office supplies. Companies that have already signed up include Active Office GmbH, Agoraphil GmbH, Casio Europe GmbH, Durable Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG, Fellowes GmbH, Holtz Office Support GmbH with Magnetoplan, Legamaster GmbH, Jakob Maul GmbH, Novus Dahle GmbH & Co. KG, Pelikan Vertriebsgesellschaft mgH & Co. KG, Sigel GmbH, Tesa SE and Wilkhahn Wilkening + Hahne GmbH & Co. KG. Guided Tours visit Ideal Krug & Priester GmbH & Co. KG, Bi-Silque SA with Archyi and Desq International.

Background information on Paperworld
Every year, the leading international trade fair in Frankfurt am Main presents the latest products and trends of the paper, office supplies and stationery industry. Clearly arranged, Paperworld offers the world’s biggest range for the office sector, e.g., commercial office, stationery and drawing products and solutions, and the stationery sector, e.g., paper, school and stationery products for private use, as well as gift articles and wrapping materials. Paperworld is the highlight of the year for the sector and a source of innovative business ideas for the wholesale and retail trades, for book sellers, the internet and mail-order trades and commercial consumers. Additionally, its multi-faceted event and congress programme offers inspiration and expertise not only for retailers but also for architects, planners and facility managers interested in the latest office trends and interior-design concepts.
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