FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Out of Office: Evolving the 9-5 at A/D/O by MINI (in collaboration with TORTUGA Living and Alex Gilbert) is a site specific and live interactive exhibition at A/D/O by MINI, the interdisciplinary creative space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The exhibition explores thematic connections between office concepts, objects, and technology live in an active collaboration space, prompting designers to expand their role in the creation of new, humanistic formats for work. The exhibit supported a series of events and workshops on the design, culture, and technology of work. Out of Office included contributions from Herman Miller, Nonfood, and Cher. Soft-Firm designed and coordinated fabrication of custom millwork, collaborated on graphic design by Studio TheGreenEyl, and commissioned original digital content by Channel Studio.
The installation included an exploration of the history of the office with objects tracked on the macro scale on a graphic and object timeline. Two speculative installations allowed visitors to explore an office defined by physical and virtual optimization and choice. Water Cooler Talk recalls the symbolic heart of the office is updated with a live feed from the communication platform Slack. In Wellness 2050, A/D/O’s conference room is immersed in the Windows XP desktop background, with eponymous start-up sound slowed to 24 hours, projecting health and wellness to the extreme.