Designer Q&A - Cushla McFadden

We value our partners - TomMarkHenry Director Cushla McFadden

We value our partners - TomMarkHenry Director Cushla McFadden

Hello again! Our Australian interior designer profile is back! We will be regularly featuring some of the very talented minds we collaborate with – both their inspirations and their quirky sides. Let’s hear from Cushla from designer firm TomMarkHenry as she shares a piece of her world with us.

Q: How many tabs do you have open right now and what are they?

A: 10! There’s the TomMarkHenry Gmail which is constantly open, a font website to purchase fonts for some new branding with, a couple of Google Drive tabs, a CV I was sent, the BIA UNSW (Bachelors of Interior Architecture UNSW) blog, a new client’s website, Hightail for large file sharing, Eco Outdoor to look for outdoor furniture for a job with, and our TomMarkHenry website to reference an old project!

Q: What is your favourite procrastination method?  

A: Browsing the internet, clearly. 

Q: Flat White or Cold Brew?

A: Flat white, almond milk if you're asking ;)

Q: If you need to choose, would you rather play rugby league in high heels or hike in them?

A: If we took high heels out of the equation, I would still rather hike, so let’s go with hike.

Q: Canned strawberries: innovation or blasphemy?

A: I'm sure they have their place...

Q: Where do you get your inspirations from?

A: Everywhere! Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places and the most unexpected times. Looking out at a particular scene, I will often notice a combination of colours and textures that works, which could be as mundane as a bit of timber left out on a footpath or the colour palette of an old building. 

Q: How would you describe your style and what influenced it?

A: My personal style is quite minimal and pared-back. I've seen my tastes change over time so keeping it classic and neutral means I can layer over time. 

Q: How do you start your morning?

A: Usually walking my dog Maxie, then meditating for 20 minutes before getting ready to get out the door. 

Q: One thing you can't live without?

A: Family. 

Q: What’s your most favourite project you’ve worked on and why?

A: Bondi's Best will always hold a special place in my heart. It was our first real project as TomMarkHenry and put us on the interior design map in Sydney. 

Q: Describe what your dream project looks like

A: A boutique hotel is our dream project!

Q: Do you have a favourite background music track for work?

A: Any TomMarkHenry Spotify playlist works a treat in the office.


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We are JEB: Q&A with Ricky on the Impact from the Right Partitions

Ricky Wong has worked on all sorts of partition projects with an array of clients. He now shares the essences of managing a partition project and how JEB has made a difference.

Q: What makes a good office partition system?

A: One concept we find very handy when approaching any project is that every office is different. There is no “one size fits all” strategy or design in partitions. You need to have a clear understanding of the design and technical criteria of the office in question, understand what is required at each step and provide the right customisation.  

Take JEB’s Integra as an example. Its operable walls offer a refined aesthetics while being stringently acoustic. This flexibility explains why this office partition system is so favourable among our clients.

Q: What key features do clients look for?

A: From my experience, clients are increasingly fond of a streamline design with high acoustic performance. They are also curious on what colour ranges are available for the glass panel system. Some would go further and request that no visible mullion to be seen at the glass joints. Standards for styles have definitely gone up in my opinion.

The JEB Integra Office Partition System

The JEB Integra Office Partition System

Many a client has asked about our X-Series and Integra partitions ranges for this purpose. With minimum aluminium framing, glass panel systems in multiple shapes and customisable hinges, these lines have long been servicing the demand for specific office partition installations – not to mention our vintage Brooklyn line.

Q: Have the requirements from clients changed over the years?

A: From my observation, there is definitely an emphasis on price economy and short lead time. Project managers want high quality of work delivered, quicker and cheaper.

Q: What is the secret in building a good partition system?

A: The secret to a successful partition system lies in the details. Does the product have the best quality possible? Does the installer have the workmanship to oversee each step to the finest detail? Are after-sales services being delivered? These questions all determine a project’s success.

We always follow up each case vigorously. From the bidding process, product and project managements to the turnkey process, we make sure each intent and request for a customised partition are overseen in the detail it deserves.  


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Q: How does JEB approach each project? Could you explain further?

A: When we seek out a project, we approach the responsible designers or architects directly. We emphasise on their design specifics and constraints, and showcase how JEB’s partition systems can contribute – JEB’s partition systems are known for their customisation, from handles, lock cases, cylinders, hinges to stoppers and drop seals. When we do so, we always demonstrate our capabilities with a set of shop drawings.

Once we are awarded a tender release, our representatives will hand over to the project team to oversee the entire site installation process. It takes different teams with unique capabilities to make our results possible.

Q: Is there an example?

A: We have recently completed a partition installation project for a global insurance company. Our team were challenged to come up with a plan with little time. Considering the scale of the project, accommodating multiple specifics with attention to detail has made the process quite formidable.

The X-Series Partition System - same as the one used in the example

The X-Series Partition System - same as the one used in the example

Our success came from our product quality and product management services. Our talented installers and representatives were able to build trust with our project management partner. Products were chosen particularly to suit the project – double-glazed Integra and X-Series provided the acoustic performance, while maintaining the much-desired modern streamline sleekness.

We kept communications as clear as possible and insisted on delivering each component to the highest quality. It was particularly satisfying when we received an appreciation letter from them.

About the Author

Ricky Wong is the Senior Sales Manager for JEB Partitions. He is based in our Hong Kong office. 

JAF Stone

Rock-solid, majestic and powerful. The JAF Stone is our latest architectural finishing products carved from the limestone. Every JAF Stone surface is the result of centuries of geological processes from the earth's crusts. Now, your interior can possess the same majesty as the forces of nature. 

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Marble Formation 

Marble is a metamorphic rock produced from limestone. The geological process involved pressure and heat in the earth crust. Pressures and temperatures are essential to produce this stone.  From these forces, fossils are eliminated and the texture of limestone is changed. 
 

Characteristics Of Marble

Marble is a stone with a firm crystalline structure and slight porosity. It can be polished to improve its lustre, making it a common and attractive stone for building applications. The restricted marble porosity, mainly when refined, makes it less susceptible to water damage. However, calcium carbonate, the main ingredient, is susceptible to acidic agents. The actual influence of acidic contact will vary with the kind of the acid. End-result from acid exposure could differ depending on solubility, and the influence on durability would vary.

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The JAF Stone is majestic as it as unique. We can customise each product with any sort of limestone or marble available from nature. With that, you can create your own class and magnificence that are unique to the world. 

To find out more about JAF Stone collection, email hongkong@jebgroup.com and see how it could upgrade your interior. 

 

We are JEB: Q&A with Craig on International Mobility and Workplace Fitness

Craig Nortje is our Technical Director for JEB Funiture Solutions and an avid fitness lover

Craig Nortje is our Technical Director for JEB Funiture Solutions and an avid fitness lover

November 10, 2017 - Craig Nortje is our Technical Director for JEB Furniture Solutions, who has returned to JEB family after taking a break to pursue a fitness career. He has previously spent 4 years in JEB Furniture Solutions, and is thrilled to assume his current role.

Q: Tell us about your new role and you career path.

C: As a Technical Director, I will work very closely with suppliers in the whole project management process. I will also be supporting the Sales and Project teams in their daily operations.

Before moving to Hong Kong, I was based in South Africa, working predominantly as a Design and Production Engineer. Over the last ten years, I have held different positions in sales and operations. I took a sabbatical from the corporate world and began my endeavours in coaching and personal fitness. I am fascinated by effects working demands have on peoples’ fitness and general health, and conversely the effects of improved physical health have on work performance. I think we can do more to promote better interaction with our office furniture and educate clients with solutions for healthier work spaces.

Q: What were you previously doing at JEB?

C: My first role was being the Project Manager at JEB Furniture Solutions. Then I moved to the operations side as an Operation Manager, and later became General Manager from 2010 to 2013.

Q: What made you come back to JEB?

C: I had stayed in touch with some of the staff after I left, and was then fortunate enough to come back to the JEB office as the in-house fitness trainer. From there I got to see how the team had evolved, and it looked like a community I would like to be a part of. When a potential opening became available, I jumped right at it.

Q: Describe JEB's culture in your own words.

C: It’s a fantastic working environment and I feel that the people all have similar attitudes and share common goals. I like to look at how a company conducts its business and the people within the organisation. Having great products is also a plus. And JEB has all of the above.

Q: Lots of people in the office know you as the company's physical instructor. What was the little course you were running?

C: The course I ran was a general fitness workshop in the showroom after office hours. I have felt first-hand the benefits of fitness on my health and my state of mind. Our Managing Director, Rob, felt the same way too. That was why he thought it would be a good idea to offer this to JEB staff.

Q: Will the fitness classes continue?

C:It will continue in some form in the future, but still need to work out the details. Who knows, I might become the unofficial fitness director here as well!

JEB Australia x REDDIE Party – a blast in the name of fun and equality

JEB Australia x REDDIE Party – a blast in the name of fun and equality

Located in Surry Hills near the heart of the Sydney CBD, the JEB and REDDIE teams and interior designers and architects from across the country helped transform the showroom into their biggest night yet, to showcase their newest partner’s product portfolio, blending the lines between commercial and residential.

JEB Compac Surfaces

The JEB Compac Surfaces is a fusion where nature, emotion, social codes and science are connected - a stone from another planet. 

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Carved with marble with various colours and styles, the series can be applied to surfaces on walls and floors, worktops as well as a variety of interior spaces and pieces of furniture. Israeli designer Arik Levy took his inspirations from the great frozen lakes of ice from the Arctic, where the surface can be flat and hard. The result imitates the sense of connection between different elements in everyday lives. 

"It is like the feeling of walking on it, walking on ice" he says in an interview, " it is everything about stability and fragility".

He hopes to achieve a sense of "emotional ergonomics" through connecting his own raw materials - intelligence, emotions, creativity - and the high-quality quartz. A timeless piece is thus created, and it is prehistoric as it is futuristic. 
 
Each product comes with a unique and natural vein, which captures the same geological events each rock has experienced in history. While having a unprecedented scale, veins can be customised for unique pieces or mass production. 

ICE WHITE:

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The white surface alludes with the ice sheets found in the Arctic. The veins amid the pure white marble capture the breathtaking majesty of our natural realms. The ICE WHITE can act as a sleek yet powerful surface or furniture piece in any interior. 

ICE BLACK:

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The ICE BLACK is a purely natural piece of craftsmanship. Its jet-black marble surface is juxtaposed with its wide an powerful veins. The result is surreal as it is practical - a timeless piece of rock-solid nature as your furniture or surface. 

To find out more about JEB Compac Surfaces collection, email hongkong@jebgroup.com and see how it could upgrade your interior. 

JEB Vitra Miniature Instagram Giveaway Contest

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As Vitra's exclusive partner in Asia Pacific, JEB Group is proud to announce the upcoming miniature giveaway contest. Between 1 and 28 October, we will give out one task on our Instagram account per week, and win your chance for a Vitra Miniature.

Though this round of activity is only available for JEB Instagram followers from Hong Kong and Singapore, we will be running events for other regions in the near future. Stay tuned.

Looking forward to seeing your creative minds in action!

Duration: 1 - 28 October 2017

Eligibility: JEB Instagram Followers from Hong Kong and Singapore

Activity Flow

1.         Every week, JEB will broadcast a question based on the Vitra Miniatures (4 weeks in total). Campaign must be entered by submitted an entry through the participant's Instagram account as an original work with the appropriate hashtag (see below), tagging 2 designers, tagging JEB Group (@JEB_Group) and Vitra (@Vitra).

2.         Participants must fulfil all campaign requirements, as specified below, to be eligible to win a prize

3.         Winners will be selected at the end of each week based on the creativity of the submission

INSTRUCTIONS & DYNAMICS

1         Each question will be based on the miniature in being given away for the week

2         Participants need to submit a hand-drawn sketch to their Instagram account to answer the question, together with all the hashtags and tags in order to qualify

3     Together with the specific hashtag #jebgiveaway, each week will feature a different set of hashtags. While #jebgiveaway is mandatory throughout each week, the weekly hashtags are optional. Weekly hashtags as below:

Week 1: #jeb #jebvitra #jebgroup #jebfurniture #jebgiveaway #organicarmchair #creativemind #massivesurprise #vitraminiatures #hongkongdesign #singaporedesign

Week 2: #jeb #jebvitra #jebgroup #jebfurniture #jebgiveaway #antonychair #creativemind #massivesurprise # vitraminiatures #hongkongdesign #singaporedesign

Week 3: #jeb #jebvitra #jebgroup #jebfurniture #jebgiveaway #pantonchair #creativemind #massivesurprise # vitraminiatures #hongkongdesign #singaporedesign

Week 4: #jeb #jebvitra #jebgroup #jebfurniture #jebgiveaway #plywoodelephant #creativemind #massivesurprise # vitraminiatures #hongkongdesign #singaporedesign

4     JEB Group may alter the instructions without prior notice - please refer to the Instagram post for the most updated instruction

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Terms & Conditions

1.     Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to individual follows of JEB's Instagram account currently residing in Hong Kong or Singapore. Employees of JEB Group, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees, followers outside the regions, and corporate followers of any kind are not eligible to participate in the Campaign.

2.     Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of JEB Group ("JEB") as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.

3.     Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting Sunday 00:00 (GMT+8) each week until the closest Saturday at 23:59 (GMT+8), with 4 weeks in total. The entire campaign with commence on 1 October and end on 28 October. All online entries must be received within the time-frame each week. Late entries (i.e. entries from outside of the time-frame) will not be accepted.

4.     How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting a hand-sketched task entry through the participant's Instagram account with the appropriate hashtags (see above), tagging two designers, and tagging JEB Group (@JEB_Group) and Vitra (@Vitra). The question for each week is different and the entry must fulfil all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of JEB. Only one entry per person per giveaway/week will be entertained. JEB does not hold the responsibility of acknowledging receipt of each entry. Any fraudulent attempts will constitute a disqualification from this event.

5.     Prizes: The Winner(s) of each week's giveaway (the “Winner”) will receive the miniature chairs sponsored by Vitra as per the entry week. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted and the prize is non-transferable. JEB will be responsible of shipping the prize to each winner's address, which winners shall provide. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted.

6.     Winner Selection and Notification: Winners will be selected by JEB internally based on the entry's creativity and brand relevance, and will be notified via Instagram instant messenger within TWO (2) days following selection of Winner, and will be publicly announced ONE (1) day after the selection. JEB shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices. If Winners cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 7 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to acknowledge result or provide address as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner will be selected.

7.     Terms & Conditions: JEB reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond JEB’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In case of any disputes JEB reserves the right to the final discretion.

 

JEB Echo Panel

JEB Architectural Finishes is pleased to introduce the latest collection of wall covering and acoustic tiles – JEB Echo Panel. This new series features an organic composition and can be easily installed. Read about each collection below.

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Splice Tiles:

This latest acoustic tile collection has superior quality in sound absorption. It is composed entirely of PET, which over 60% of that are recycled materials. Rear of the tiles are made of Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA), making installation extremely simple.

The simple yet eye-catching linear patterns come in three styles and are all connectable: Splice 45, Splice 90 and Splice Arc. Splice Tiles will add a stylish yet practical touch to your interior. 

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Terrain & Orbit:

The Terrain and Orbit selections are constituted by organic materials, offering a natural texture to the finishing. Their combination of 50% Flax and 50% polypropylene can effectively bring the essential green elements to any interior areas. 

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To see samples and get inspirations, email us at hongkong@jebgroup.com to reserve a showroom visit.

JEB Forbo Flooring System

JEB Architectural Finishes is delighted to introduce their latest collection – JEB Forbo Flooring System. Since flooring takes an important part of our everyday activities, choosing the right covering can make a vital difference to the overall ambience. JEB Forbo Flooring System is available for both residential and commercial use. Read about each collection below.

 

Allura LVT Tiles:

This collection resembles the aesthetics of the old-fashion wooden tiles without the downsides. It uses advanced production technology so that the appearance of the floor remains as seamless as the day it was installed. The Allura Wood combines the ambience of wood with the advantages of strong & comfortable LVT. The end product is a wooden floor which does not crack or squeak.

 

Marmoleum Slate:

The Marmoleum is a purely natural linoleum flooring collection. This natural floor covering is sustainable, durable, and involves amazing high standard of quality. It contains the attractiveness and warmth contemporary floor design, while almost entirely made from natural raw materials and highly recyclable.

 

Flotex Flocked Flooring:

Flotex is a remarkable combination of hard wearing and durable characteristics of a resilient carpet. Its hygienic and completely-waterproof surface makes it the only truly washable textile floor. It gives you the warmth of a carpet while saving you the hassle.

 

Bulletin Board:

The renewed collection offers a practical, simple solution and platform to gather up ideas. It is an all-natural material that can be applied in framed or mounted pin boards or directly to the wall. Its surface is tactile & colourful, creating a decorative yet idea-stimulating element in your workspace.

To see samples and inspirations, email us at hongkong@jebgroup.com to reserve a showroom visit.

International industry leader, JEB, opens its first Australian showroom

The first JEB Australian showroom is now open in Sydney. This is the first time JEB’s furniture and world-class partitions ranges being permanently showcased since it made its presence in the country in 2011.

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Housed in a heritage-listed building in the artistic Surry Hills district in Sydney, the new showroom displays JEB Partitions, JEB Furniture and JEB Custom Projects. It collaborates internationally with brands such as Koleksiyon (Turkey), Sedus (Germany), DUM Office (Amsterdam) along with a custom range of meeting room tables designed specifically for JEB Australia by renowned designer, Chris Hardy.

As demountable and acoustic partitions, high-quality commercial furniture and bespoke architectural features are available in one place, JEB is more accessible than ever to the architect and design industries in the country, making its ability to offer comprehensive services and products as one group unprecedented. The services support the entire project life cycle from specification consulting, drafting through to construction of the projects.

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JEB’s Managing Director Rob Wall, originally from Perth now based in Hong Kong, and his business partner Paul Dingley agreed that the building, the city and the products are a perfect match - possibly their favourite of the 7 showrooms. “Living in Hong Kong, we just don’t have these kinds of buildings, so I am kind of jealous, but immensely proud too”, he said.

Recently the Sydney team has completed two very challenging projects under the leadership of General Manager Tim Burndred, and Sales Director Australia & New Zealand Justine Mantel along with a team of project managers delivering our projects.

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The team supplied partitions for Lend Lease’s Headquarters in Barangaroo and the QT Hotel in Melbourne. Both solutions were incredibly complex and were customised by JEB’s internal industrial design teams. The team was also responsible for the showroom’s successful collaboration with world-class furniture brands Koleksion, Sedus and DUM Office, and serves clients such as Apple, QT Hotels, HSBC and more; their reputation for quality offerings and relationships is evident.

The JEB group is the proud result of over 20 years of experience in the industry. With three new showrooms opened this year alone - Beijing, Shanghai and Sydney - and Singapore upcoming, its global presence is set to grow. Visit the new space to see the exceptional products that are beautifully designed while highly practical.

 

 

JEB Group - Sydney Showroom

Email australia@jebgroup.com for visits and questions

Level 3
80 Wentworth Ave
Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

Shanghai Showroom Opens Amid Celebrations

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JEB Group marks another milestone as the Shanghai showroom was opened on 3 August amid celebration from members of the industry.

This opening also marks the third showroom opening in a row after the Sydney showroom opening in June and Beijing showroom in July.

Guests were eager to discover JEB’s latest inspirations and had a great time mingling with one another. Attendance was impressive as the signing board at the entrance was quickly filled with signatures.

The Shanghai showroom is a collaboration with architecture firm M Moser Associates. It features furniture from Vitra, Walter Knoll, HAY and stunning lighting from Waldmann. It showcases JEB’s best partitions and furniture combinations, and is set to demonstrate how office space could achieve functionality in multiple levels.

The original inspiration for the showroom was to create a destination for designers. The designing team believes that new offices should be haven for working and connection with others, while doubling as a social gathering place for events and small parties. The vision is to create an office space that is durable, flexible and attractive in the middle of the city.

The integration of JEB partitions and furniture brands is the heart of every process. The custom-made lighting accentuated the furniture as the focus of the display, and storage was considered as a part of the overall design.

The limitations from natural lighting and lack of ambiance from the outside surroundings gave rise to innovation. The showroom’s lighting has been redesigned to imitate natural lights coming in from different angles. A greenery in the middle of the showroom designated as the focus meeting point allows people to enjoy a different ambience without natural lighting.

 

The Shanghai showroom is located at Li Yuan Road in Huangpu district, and includes demos for executive office, meeting rooms and open work spaces. Please feel welcome to pay a visit anytime. 

JEB Group - Shanghai Showroom

Email shanghai@jebgroup.com for visits and questions

Unit 210/212,
Building A7,
Soho Liyuan,
No. 501 Liyuan Road,
Shanghai 200023, China

 

How we solved creating complex, custom pivot partitions for Lend Lease, Australia

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Although JEB is celebrating our launch of our first Australian showroom in Sydney, Australia, we have been working with the Australian market for six years. We’re honoured to have been invited to work with some of the top architects and designers on the most exciting new builds in the country. One of our most recently completed projects, the new head offices for Lend Lease, featured a custom JEB Partition that pushed our engineering and problem-solving skills to create a product that lived up to the robust and inspired brief by Dave Whittaker from Hassel.

Dave Whittaker is the imaginative architect behind the previous Lend Lease head offices, completed in 2005. Timber pivot doors were the key feature in that design, and both the client and designer wanted to evolve this concept for their upcoming Barangaroo address. This brand new harborside business district in Sydney’s CBD showcases 3 large towers, each boasting new office working models, innovative designs and integrated technology. The Barangaroo site demanded that the interiors of the new Lend Lease space also push boundaries to match the modern location.

As a response to this, boardrooms were to be situated around the the perimeter of the building to take advantage of the 360-degree views. Two parallel walls and two semi-circular areas define the tower floor plan. To preserve the view and light to the interior work areas, yet offer optional privacy to the meeting spaces, each of the rooms needed to be enclosed with glazed partitions made of switchable glass that provided a high level of noise reduction. Most importantly, these partitions needed to pivot, rather than being constructed from your typical fixed window and door scenario so that the users could open up the space when no meeting was in session to tie the spirit of the previous office in conceptually. This brief was presented to the JEB team through a series of renders and verbal briefs. With no precedent for exactly how this would work and no formal plans, JEB’s Custom Projects’ team needed to engineer a solution that featured automatic, switchable glass partitions and a high acoustic rating - no small challenge.

During development of the 3m x 1.5m glass panels, both practical and technical challenges arose. Layout and safety were concerns due to the pivots, and acoustic mechanisms, glass functionality and locking devices also had to be solved. Over the span of 7 months, monthly face-to-face meetings with an international team, led by Tim Burndred, and Dave Whittaker were held and countless 3D printed models were made, tested, improved and reprinted.

To deal with the weight, as well as keeping the open doors from protruding into the central area or boardrooms too much, the pivot needed to be placed in the centre of the panel, rotating around a central axis. The edges of the partitions then needed to be modified to ensure the smooth closure of the swinging edge, to which JEB proposed interlocking “L” shaped frames. These pivots operate mechanically (rather than manually), so another practical concern was the safety of people or objects that might be within proximity of the door while in motion. Speed was the first concern, so testing helped determine a reasonable pace where the door was fast enough to be efficient but slow enough not to crush an intrusion with its momentum due to the weight. Once this was perfected, the team experimented with both hard and soft close options. Safe, logistically sound partitions were only the beginning of the brief, however.

Considering the high value of each panel, the switchable glass had to be treated with extra care to safeguard against the client or supplier or builder having to replace any of the panels at any stage of the design, installation or lifespan of the building. To ensure the client’s trust in the door and hedge against the risk of replacement, the glass, which is actually two fused pieces of glass sandwiching electric mechanisms that control the opaque and transparent appearance, were sealed on all the edges. This extra step is unheard of on smaller panels; it is well above the standard. However, the seal protected the switchable mechanisms to prevent costly damage.

Tolerances were another major issue with such dynamic elements, especially as the partitions were to be prefabricated and shipped from Beijing and needed to allow for adjustments on site plus any variance between the plans and installation realities. JEB worked with a fantastic builder, Cubic, who coordinated structural requirements in unison with the development of the door system. Cubic was a huge support in the design and development process, problem-solving issues such as seals and closure and opening requirements, (among other things) alongside JEB.

The most complex of all the obstacles was the issue of sound privacy for the meeting rooms, which was a non-negotiable feature. In order to block sound on a pivoting door, door seals needed to be created for all four sides: mechanically operated seals on top and bottom of each panel, interlocking seals on vertical edges. Sliding doors only require the side seals as the track can be developed to contain a sound barrier in the floor and ceiling cavities. Typically, a door’s acoustic properties can be improved with increasing the glazing from single to double, but with the panels already being so large and heavy, this wasn’t an option. To overcome this, JEB spent a lot of effort sourcing a specialty acoustic glass and arranged for a special lab test to be conducted by an acoustic lab in Hong Kong. JEB invited the client, Lend Lease JEB’s headquarters to witness the test firsthand not only to give the clients surety in the result but to invest in the relationship.

Ultimately, the highly challenging brief and incredible vision for the space came together with a stunning result. The space is incredibly unique, and the focus is on the modern, waterfront location and the client’s internal culture and history. The complex intricacies of the mechanics, acoustics, functionality and safety are invisible when appreciating the space, which is absolutely our highest achievement with this project. The beauty of the partitions contributes quietly to the incredible success of the overall design, which is the best possible outcome.

Beijing Showroom Opening

Another milestone in JEB’s rapid international development is accomplished as JEB Beijing newly renovated showroom is opening his doors to public.

We are proud to show our entire range of partition superstars & operable wall products combined with carefully selected pieces of our high-end furniture brands.

We have created symbiose of the finest executive spaces in contrast to that we are showing a mixed set-up of training/leisure combined with a flexible work space, which we call future of “modern office”. In a fast-changing office environment where people not only should work and fulfill their daily tasks, they should feel “a bit like home” says Maurice Lauber General Manager China at JEB.

Nowadays as stationary computers and fixed workstations clusters are belonging to the past our staffs should have freedom to work everywhere – sitting on Walter Knoll Healey Chair or enjoy pleasure of working out of Vitra Alcove sofa makes work life significantly more efficient.

Exactly this work style with showcase in our Beijing flagship Showroom.

Our JEB showroom provides 360-degree solutions to your distinguished workplace – Walter Knoll executive Manager/meeting rooms and VIP leisure setup to Vitra’s super flexible training and collaboration & workplace arrangements.

Of course, don’t miss our lighting champion Waldmann, which surely enlightens your office. We show state of the art Waldmann premium products from customized pendant lighting to standing lights. Come and visit and feel this amazing lighting spirit from THE engineers of light.

Please come to visit our new exciting place - our team would be delighted to welcome you. We are here to serve you at his best.

JEB Group - Beijing Showroom

Email beijing@jebgroup.com for visits and questions

Room 1702,Tower C,
Grand Pacific Building,
No. 8, Guang Hua Road,
Chao Yang District,
Beijing 100026, China