One Workplace Unveils its First-Ever Office Design Fair

One Workplace headquarters. Photography by Bruce Damonte.


One Workplace
, one of North America’s largest commercial office furniture dealerships, has announced that it will be holding its first ever ONEder event later this month. The event, which will be held at One Workplace’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California, will run from September 23 to October 2 and will feature more than 40 artisans and manufacturers from around the world showcasing the latest in office design. During the 10-day event, several key-note speakers will be in attendance as well, including Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach , Pixar animator and director Andrew Gordon, and IDEO ’s David Kelley.


The goal of ONEder is to reshape the future of design and creativity in the workplace. For the past year, the company has traveled around the globe to meet and recruit artisans and manufacturers in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and beyond, and bring their goods to the North American market.

Jasper Morrison with his Alfi chairs for Emeco. Photography courtesy of One Workplace.


“We want to expose the value of design in every day life and show people new solutions that they may haven’t thought of before,” says Mark Anderson, creative director of One Workplace. “We’re basically creating a museum to office design.”


The hands-on event will be held inside One Workplace’s 35,000-square-foot showroom and participants will be able to explore and interact with new products and designs from around the globe. In addition to showcasing new pieces, there will be a 920-square-foot space called Gallery One that will feature a curated selection of classic products from designers, including the late Italian industrial designer Joe Colombo. One Workplace will also be transforming 5,000-square feet of its warehouse into ONEderland, which will house whimsical displays of products from participating manufacturers.


“The workplace is changing and many businesses no longer want to purchase furniture from the larger manufacturers,” Anderson says. “One Workplace wants to be on the leading edge of office design and ONEder will help us do that.”


Being based in the Bay Area, One Workplace has designed offices for numerous start-ups and Fortune 500 companies, including Bank of America, Netflix, AT&T, Google, and Apple.


Attendance for ONEder is free. Go here to see a schedule of events and to book a guided tour.

One Workplace headquarters. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

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