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Godrej Interio and Design Dekko host webinar on ‘Re-imagine Workspace in the post-COVID-19 world

Mumbai, NFAPost: Furniture solutions brand Godrej Interio believes that existing office space needs a rethink to take on post-Covid-19 business environment.

Speaking at a webinar on Re-Imagine Workspace, organised by Godrej Interio and Godrej Group’s owned media platform for architecture and design professionals Design Dekko,  Godrej Interio, Head – Associate Vice President, Marketing (B2B) Sameer Joshi said today’s offices are designed to bring people closer, foster collaboration, teamwork and increase the speed of response.

“They are not designed to separate people and thereby prevent the spread of the disease. In the past, when we designed offices, we always looked at how do we enhance people productivity? How do we generate maximum returns from costly real estate for our clients?,” said Godrej Interio, Head – Associate Vice President, Marketing (B2B) Sameer Joshi.

Post COVID-19 outbreak, while designing workspace, Sameer Joshi said there is a requirement to work with a new set of boundary conditions, those recommended by doctors and medicos.

“Godrej Interio, therefore, strongly believes that existing offices need a rethink. This webinar series is a step to provide multiple perspectives from leading experts which would serve as a guide when designing workspace in the future,” he said.

Plausible solution

The inaugural session of the webinar also had the presence of over 400 registered attendees. Participants witnessed the best of the experts from across the world to explore the challenges and the plausible solutions to re-imagine workspaces in the post-COVID-19 world.

The webinar began with a keynote address by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Senior Design Principal Rafael Pelli. In his keynote address, Rafael Pelli highlighted various short approaches and long-term solutions to how office spaces must be re-imagined post the pandemic. 

Following the Keynote, an engaging panel discussion encompassing industry-leading experts such as John Alok Decruz, Director – Projects, Morphogenesis; Anil S Mathur, Chief Operating Officer, Godrej Interio; Col. Praveen Kumar, Head – IPD (Infrastructure Planning and Development), Tata Consultancy Services; and Organisational culture, employee engagement and experience expert, Ajith Nair, was held. The session was moderated by Sameer Joshi.

During the one-hour webinar, the panellists explored and deliberated upon the subject from multiple vantage points including design, materials, execution, people, culture and management as we prepare for the New Normal. 

Platform for collaboration

Commenting on the webinar series, Godrej Group Vice President & Head of Corporate Brand & Communications Sujit Patil said Godrej Group has always been at the vanguard of creating platforms that foster engagement and collaboration.

“Design Dekko is a community for professionals from architecture, interior design and allied sectors to showcase their work, ideate with their colleagues and collaborate with their peers. The Re-Imagine Workspace webinar series is one such step towards leading conversation as a thought-leader, explore challenges, and reach a consensus on plausible solutions to re-imagine workspaces in the post-COVID-19 world,” said Godrej Group Vice President & Head of Corporate Brand & Communications Sujit Patil.

Godrej Interio (GI) is India’s premium furniture brand in both home and institutional segments with a strong commitment to sustainability and centers of excellence in design, manufacturing and retail.

Led by the largest in-house design team in the country in the furniture category and awarded with 34 India Design Mark Awards till date, GI aims to transform spaces with its thoughtfully designed furniture to create brighter homes and offices with products that have the highest design quotient in aesthetics, functionality and technology. With consistent pursuit of excellence and a special focus on health and ergonomics, GI’s product portfolio comprises a massive range.

Comfort and aesthetics

Today, the company design and manufacture furniture for office spaces, homes, educational institutes, healthcare facilities, laboratories and more. Along with furniture it offers Audio Visual and 360 Degree Turnkey solutions. Each of its product range revolves around comfort and aesthetics while delivering well-designed, fun and functional furniture solutions.

Godrej Interio has 7 manufacturing facilities situated at Mumbai, Khalapur, Haridwar, Shirwal, and Bhagwanpur. GI’s Shirwal Plant is Green Co Platinum Certified, and Mumbai Plants are Green Co Gold Certified. GI is widely known for its comprehensive sustainability certifications for its products in furniture category.

GI commitment to the environment has resulted in manufacturing products with lesser environment footprint. GI has the widest range of green choices for customers which not only includes products but also services such as green interiors and recycling.

Currently present in over 650 cities with 250 exclusive showrooms and 800 dealers, GI is one of the largest divisions of Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., part of the Godrej Group, one of India’s largest engineering and customer product groups.

The brand boasts of noteworthy awards received so far- CII Exim Bank Award for Business Excellence 2016, Superbrands 2017-18, Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand 2018 Gold (Home Furniture and Modular Kitchen), TRA’s India’s Most Consumer-focused brand 2019, GreenCo Star Performer Award 2019, National Energy Leader Award at CII National Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2018.

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