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Florence Knoll Bassett

We were saddened to hear over the weekend the news that Florence Knoll Bassett passed away at her Coral Gables home in the US. She was 101. Florence was a world-renowned architect and designer, and a pioneer of American office design.

Florence met her husband Hans in New York in 1941 and helped him to establish their revolutionary Knoll Planning Unit. Where Hans’ skills lay in business acumen and salesmanship, Florence brought her unique design skills, creative visions and a network of contacts.

Credited with being the defining force in creating the standard for the modern corporate interiors of post-war America, she revolutionised the world of post-war office interiors.

Images courtesy of the Knoll Archive.

Florence and the Planning Unit were responsible for the interiors of some of America’s largest corporations, including IBM, GM and CBS. She saw herself as more than “just an office designer”, rather as a creative force. Showing wisdom beyond her time, The Planning Unit assessed each client’s individual requirements using meticulous research and planning. This included as standard rigorously defining patterns of use and understanding company culture before presenting a comprehensive design which was informed by the principles of modernism and beautifully executed in signature Knoll style.

The first woman recipient of the Gold Medal for Industrial Design from AIA in 1961, she went on to receive the highest award for artistic excellence in America, the National Medal of Arts, in 2003. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends, and as an office fit-out, design and furniture company, we are grateful for the legacy that Florence has left us all.

She had that ability, to critique [something], to tear it apart and put it back together. She was something else.” Bob Longwell

That revolution in the office took place 20 years ago and Florence Knoll, the woman who led it, is today the single most power­ful figure in the field of mod­ern design. To be accepted by Knoll is to have it made.” New York Times, 1964

The Planning Unit existed because of my background in architecture. It was the very first furniture company [that] ever had a planning department.” Florence Knoll Bassett

Office Design Trends 2018 – A Review

Not including this blog post, we have published almost 50 updates on office design, office furniture and commercial property in 2018 covering all aspects of design, employee well-being, office furniture and office fixtures. So, with 2018 drawing to a close we thought we'd take a look back and see which posts were the most popular with our audience.

Office Design Trends 2018 - A Review

The word "popular" is always going to be open to subjectivity, but in order to quantify this we reviewed our top three social media sites and looked at the analytics for the blog posts we shared over the past year. Breaking this down into three social media platforms and analysing the posts that performed the best, and therefore those we have chosen to call the most popular, these are as follows:

20sixltd LinkedIn:

Our top performing posts on LinkedIn covered types of office partitions, office furniture, and office design trends, with the most popular post being the article we wrote on 5 ways in which to create a healthier workspace:

Healthy Workspace?

20sixltd Facebook:

We all know that your audience on Facebook is not the same as that on LinkedIn, and therefore we were expecting to see a different result here. But we were wrong. The same blog post, how to create a healthier workspace, outperformed all of the others by a considerable margin. But the others in the top five were different to LinkedIn's top four posts and included one of our favourites, it being a bit of fun, on tree house offices:

Tree House Offices

20sixltd Twitter:

Our Twitter page took a little more sifting through as we have shared more articles here than on any other social platform. Interestingly, none of the top five posts here matched either the LinkedIn nor the Facebook top fives, but covered office design trends, the use of glass in office design and options for greener offices. Our top performing post on Twitter referenced the use of art in the office as a means of increasing workers productivity:

Can Art Boost Productivity?

But The Winner Is:

There were a handful of blog posts that stood out across all of our social media as well as our Google analytics account - and these were the four updates that had nothing to do with office design, furniture, fixtures or other aspects of commercial property. 20sixltd were incredibly proud to have been sponsors of two amazing veterans who rowed across the Pacific ocean raising funds for charity. And these guys were the most popular updates if we add up all platforms.

Congratulations Cockleshell Endeavour

We're taking a well-earned break now but will back in the New Year to keep you posted on all you need to know about the world of work and commercial design.







Congratulations Cockleshell Endeavour

Crack open the Champagne! We had confirmation late last night the Mick and Sparky have done it - they have rowed 2,400 miles across the Pacific ocean, hunkered down to ride out Hurricane Lane and spend 82 days together in their boat, Bojangles.

As if the row wasn't challenging enough, Sparky can now wear the crown of the first blind person to row across the Pacific. Once back on terra firma they continued to act as the proper gentlemen that they are and gave over 5 hours of media interviews to, amongst others, CBS, ITV News, Channel 5 News, Good Morning Britain, the ITV and BBC news programmes in Sussex, Devon and Lincolnshire and BFBS.

And the icing on the cake is that they have raised over £10,000 for their charities, Blind Veterans UK and The Royal Marines Charity.

We are so proud of their achievements - a real inspiration to us all. There is still time to add your donation to their funds: Cockleshell Endeavour Just Giving Page

Here are some of the images the guys have shared on their Facebook Page - we're looking forward to welcoming back home where The Coach House have promised their pints are awaiting them.

Well done guys!

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Cockleshell Endeavour Latest Update


Its been more than a month since we told you about 20six sponsoring Steve and Mick in the Great Pacific race so we thought we should give you an update.

On 16th June they had a bit of a set back, when they snapped not one, but two oars - luckily all boats carry spares. The weather hasn't been terribly kind to them, nor to some of the other competitors, and Bojangles is now just one of three boats left in the race. We have this as the latest update from the Great Pacific Race website, and you can follow them live on the home page tracker.



On June 20th we had another update from our intrepid rowers via their Facebook Page that informed us:

"We’re getting there. First 11 days challenging. Wet through and cold throughout.. oh and a gale to contend with."

Then two days ago we heard this from them,

"Finally looks like a gap in the weather to get west. Temperature is better too at last! All good and hopefully the end of a pretty tough start. Looks good for westerly progress at last.. all downhill now!"

We are so proud of these guys and all that they are achieving - it is an absolute honor to be sponsoring their boat and we wish them continued good luck. If you would like to show your support we are in no doubt that they would welcome it, so please see the links below to their Facebook and Just Giving Pages.



We've heard more news via their Facebook Page: Were you aware that of the three remaining boats it's only ours that has two rowers? Pacific Terrific are a trio, and Uniting Nations are a team of four. And, of course, one of our rowers is also blind.

Having been at sea now for three weeks, the team are making fantastic progress, rowing an incredible 23 nm over the last 24 hours and are officially rowing in the “right direction” - all of the boats are pointing towards Hawaii for the first time.

We'll let you all know when we get more news ourselves, but here in the 20sixltd offices we couldn't be more proud of the guys.