Author：Professor Dr. Peter Zec|2019-1-7(This passage is concurrently published on the Economic Daily)
Office has become one of the most important places in life as we spend a lot of time there. Office design now has a new meaning – to facilitate work. I am very lucky to work in one of the best places in Germany. My office is located in the Zollverein in Essen coal industrial complex in Germany, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and a shrine of industrial culture. My office is on the top floor and used to be a boiler house. This means a lot to me. I am able to generate new ideas and exchange ideas with my colleagues. In the spare time, I enjoy the spectacular view of Essen(a German town). I put a few classic designs in my office, such as a desk made by Tenco, an Italian furniture company, and designed by Norman Forster, a British architect; My office chair is from the FS series of Wilkhahn, Germany. Both designs received the appreciation from design jury of Red Dot Design Award.
Desk chair – se:joy
Perhaps not everyone has the opportunity to work in a magnificent building. However, most office blocks shouldn't just have a monotonous design, compressing hundreds even thousands of cubicle offices in a narrow work space, which resulted in uncomfortable working experience. Work has increasingly been seen as a part of life quality. The younger generation questions the meaning of work itself. It has to be fun, and it has to fit into the younger generation's perception of life. On the other hand, employees also start to value the comfort in the office, so the enterprise should not only make improvement on payment, but also on working space and environment. The pioneers of this issue are enterprises like Google and Facebook. When, where and how employees work is not the point. Offices look like playground or theme parks in which pool tables, mini-golf courses and meeting rooms designed like leisure bars fill the whole room. Graffiti on the wall provide staff interactive and creative working environment.