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We caught up with Simon Jordan from Jump Studios to find out more about this exciting architecture and design firm and the future trends within workspace design.

What does the brand stand for?
A point of excellence in the work, rather than a point of difference.

What are you trying to achieve?
Through good design, improve how we experience the built environment.

How is the studio evolving?
As architects, we think technology and how it will increasingly mediate the world around us, how the digital world is permeating the physical world, is interesting. We are already developing skill sets around designing digital interfaces to complement our architectural skills.

What exciting projects are you currently working on?
We’re working on a series of innovative workspaces for Google and Yahoo! Saatchi & Saatchi, Mother London, Sutherland Global, Nike and Rapha, to name a few.

Where do you draw your inspiration?
From the good designers that populate our Studio!

Who do you admire both within and outside your industry?
Brands or organisations who have a clearly defined ‘higher purpose’ than merely the profit motive.

With your experience having worked for a myriad of exciting clients have you noticed any particular changes or trends emerging within workspace design?
I think if we take a step back from the architecture, and look at prevailing social, economic and technological trends you’ll see the clues; the demise of state and social institutions have given birth to a more informal social culture, and that’s reflected in more informal, less hierarchical work spaces. With the Western, liberal democracies having to deal with maturing economies, we find people working harder and spending more time at work, hence the provision of more lifestyle amenities; showers, cafes, play areas and learning environments. Technology is liberating people from desk bound computers and we see a move to more eclectic and diverse work settings, perhaps more domestic in feel – which brings us full cycle to informality again!

Taking this one step further If you were given a blank canvas by a client to design the workplace of the future, what would it look like?
I’d love to see clients think differently about work spaces being closed, introspective, private spaces and open up to more community focused, shared and collaborative spaces, perhaps with a shifting mix of like minded tenants – perhaps brining together business partners, supply chain, even customers, under one roof. Making it more accessible too.

Turning to Jump Studios itself where would you ideally be located?
East London for it’s vibrancy

What would it look like?
It’s more important how it feels, rather than how it looks….when designing, it’s always important to define the experience you are looking for first hand, before designing any spaces, elements or furniture.

What is most important to you – location, cost, transport, amenities?
A confluence of all these is the ideal

Would you consider moving to areas such as Haggerston, Dalston, Hackney Wick or what about south of the river Bermondsey, New Cross or Peckham for example?
London continues to be seen as a city at the forefront of progressive culture and creativity and this is in partly due to the concentrated, dense nature of the city; you end up with architects, fashion designers, musicians, technologists, artists all sharing the same spaces which leads to more interesting outputs. So long as London maintains this ‘friction’ any area including those mentioned will be desirable to ambitious creatives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Is it imperative for your business to be in London?
Yes, but not exclusively in London. It is the best place for creativity, and so good to reinforce our positioning on a global stage, good for recruitment, good for retaining the best and brightest and not a bad place to live either!

To see more of Jump Studios amazing work please see www.jump-studios.com

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