When we think about open-plan offices we often picture energetic and social work environments. Enthusiastic people in cool locations. Bright, open spaces where creativity and collaboration flourishes. It’s cost efficient, it’s social, it’s motivating, it’s trendy, it’s the future. And it is distracting. It is stressful, and it can actually decrease productivity. Yet more and more employees are now in open plan offices.
But can’t we just give everyone headphones or muting microphones?
Even though humans are social creatures research show that we need shielding and the sense of private space. The most efficient open plan offices have shielding that is so high that you have to stand to see and contact your colleague.
Did you know that research show that open plan offices can decrease productivity with 15 %? A small distraction can make you lose focus up to 20 minutes! And it can create health issues and increase sick leave. We are looking at high costs!
Not to mention what it does to the environment! An open-plan office is constantly changing and every year large quantums of fully functional furniture and inventory ends up as waste. A lot of it comes from offices. We all know it. But changes to work environment does not have to be at the expense of the environment.
We have many satisfied customers, for example Bergen.Works, who says:
With Ope we have made the perfect solution for our Co-Working space. We have managed to create rooms within a rom – using room dividers which give shielding and help to keep the rooms open and light and inspire to creativity and innovation.
Ope is the new thing within office interior that optimizes people’s environment in open-plan offices. Ope is modular and consists of modules that can be built and taken apart according to need – just like LEGO.
So what separates Ope from others, besides that it is modular?
Our solutions transform open plan offices into good working environments through variety and flexibility. Each module can be open or closed. Giving you endless possibilities to customize solutions for different rooms and employees. Wool cushions act as sound absorbers and bring colour to the interior.
So with Ope you get a Kinder-egg; storage, shielding and sound dampening. You get a room divider without closing off light – and which is open enough so that it inspires interaction. You can also create a room within the room and make social spaces.
The click patent in the connectors is the key that enables you to easily assemble the modules so that you can customize solutions to get the best working environment for your office and employees – and you can rebuild and expand with just a few clicks.
Sustainable design // circular economy
Buildings and interiors are constantly changed by their inhabitants. This process normally costs more than you like and puts a strain on the environment through excessive use of resources. Ope embraces this knowledge, and has created a modular system based on the principles of circular economy.
That is way Ope has a classic and timeless design with components that can be used over and over again.
We have reversed vending for all our used components to ensure that none of our products end up as waste.
We rent out components to businesses that only needs furniture for a short period, thereby reducing unnecessary mass production.
In collaboration with SINTEF and IVAR we will now look at the possibility to create a new composite material of recycled ocean plastic. If we succeed, you will by buying Ope, help clean up the ocean.