1. Steve Jobs 
Ben Capper, of The Furniture Strategist, shares why Steve Jobs founder of the visionary brand Apple made the list: ‘’His vision and development of technology has driven change in the way we work - and ultimately changed our places of work.’’


2. Ronald van den Hoff
‘’We are moving more and more towards a knowledge-driven civilization where we can work anywhere, anytime, no doubt about that! Ronald’s book, Society 3.0, is a must-read. It perfectly captures the effect the financial crises and changing business models have on the future of work. And the worldwide locations of Seats2Meet co-working hubs embody that change’’ as noted by Leo Schouten, director of Prooff.


3. Ben Waber 
A new rising star, as anticipated by Juriaan van Meel, workplace expert and author of books like Workplaces Today: ‘’Ben Waber, the man behind Humanyze, a start-up company (with big clients) that uses badges to track social activity at work, to help companies manage and boost collaboration. Spatial configuration plays a crucial role in this. Social data, from all sorts of sensors, will most definitely impact how and where people will work.’’


Photo: Activity based working with the WorkSofa at Erasmus University (NL), credit Roos Aldershoff




4. Generation Y & Z 
‘’These generations will continue to drive change in the arena of workspace design. A lot of high-end multinationals want to recruit only the best of the best. Whilst just a typical desk and office chair, cubicle-style, doesn’t cut it for these ’knowmads’. They are in search for a method of working and workspaces where they can tap into the companies DNA, meet their colleagues and reinforce their intrapreneurial spirit. Since their way of working has more to do with Einstein (creative & multi-disciplinary), than with Newton (rational, logical and linear)‘’,  Leo continues. 


5. Erik Veldhoen 
‘’Erik Veldhoen, started Veldhoen + Company, was one of the founding fathers of  New Ways of working and first coined the term ‘activity based working’. A true workspace visionary’’, shared by Maciej Markowski, associate director and workplace consultant at JLL.


6. Michele de Lucchi
Leo shares about his choice: ‘’with his installation ‘The Walk’ at the 2015 edition of Salone del Mobile Italian architect and product designer Michele grabbed our attention. He sees the contemporary office as ‘a gymnasium for the mind’ with 4 spaces: The Club (an area for quick informal meetings), Free Men (considers the balance between private and collaborative space in the office), Agorà (fostering a sense of community) and Laboratory (where workers can learn skills and explore new processes).’’


Photo: Generation Y in the EarChairs at the University of Westminister, Marylebone Campus (UK)


7. Frank Duffy 
‘’Frank (founder of international architectural and design practice DEGW, acquired by Aecom) is the true godfather of activity-based working. In the  early 90s, he and his firm experimented extensively with new ways of working. Later on, Duffy wrote about the city becoming the office, with people working everywhere’’, noted by Juriaan. 


8. Frank Becker and Bill Sims 
‘’Both professors at Cornell University, accomplished authors, they established the International Workplace Studies Program. That is where I was first introduced to them in 1988. They have a keen eye for the international developments in design and use of work environments. Very modest in their research: the longer we search for answers the less we actually understand how it all works. But talking about these doubts makes us move forward’’ remembers Wim Pullen, director of Center for People and Buildings. 


9. John Worthington 
Urban and space planning play a big part in designing optimal workspaces. Architect John Worthington, director of The Academy of Urbanism, was one of the first pioneers in adapting these strategies to fit the needs of the knowledge-based economies. He is one of Maciej favourites as well. 


Photo: Collaborative working in the #005 SitTable at Livinge Edge (AUS), credit by Tyrone Branigan


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Workspace design and its key influencers are in a continuous state of flux! That's why we left some space for your contribution. Who do you believe should make the cut? Share your favourite with us through Social Media, using #Prooff10, or shoot us an email.


2016 signifies our 10 year anniversary, as Prooff was launched at the 2006 Biennale Interieur (Kortrijk). To celebrate this we’d love to share our insights and inspiration on the progressive and innovative workspace with you. All in list form, because who doesn't love a good list! Check out all the lists here and celebrate with us using #Prooff10


Photo: the OffSize at HNI, Rotterdam (NL)

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