What leverage do we have as designers to improve our surrounding environment and heighten our connections to each other and improve our shared experience? We explored this thought through an in-house installation.
Hawken School approached us somewhat timidly with a need - “We would like to make a place of innovation where students would explore complex ill defined problems and engage in non-sequential iterative processes to solve essential questions” - a perfectly terrifying start to a Monday.
“The spirited buzz of preretreat techne chatter percolates around the beige interior of our Budget Rent-A-Car Kia Sedona, interrupted by the gentle twang of Landslide (the Dixie Chicks version, not the original) and Rammstein on shuffe repeat.” Read more about this brilliant character capture of the TECHNE team, as written by design associate Tom Sterling.
Let’s talk lighting temperature… If you’re anywhere near a designer, you’re going to hear some very strongly held opinions on which number is the best. You’ve found your way to our blog and therefore our opinions: 2700k is warm and cozy, approaching the color of candle light in feeling - this is where Danish hygge happens.
A yearly tradition for us at TECHNE has been a Friendsgiving potluck lunch including an office roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes + gravy, green bean casserole, brussel sprouts, and of course a can of cranberry sauce—complete with its signature imprinted ridges (no shaming, there is already enough ridicule to go around).
The classroom is a place where students come alive. Classrooms need to evolve so that all children have equal or equitable access to learning and engage students in actively in learning. Learn the 4 C’s of a 21st Century Classroom.
Our studio is a place where we have the ability to be ourselves. We have established a culture that allows us to speak up, share our honest opinions and feel like we’re all working towards bettering ourselves and the firm. Our culture directly influences the work we love and enthusiastic relationships we have with our clients. But first, coffee.
It is our collective intelligence, a set of principles that shape our designs and makes them recognizable to our clients through materiality, comfort, and the use of daylight to animate the places in which we dwell. We design for people and the ethos of shared values and collective cooperation; using our systemic knowledge to define transformative actions allowing constructive and meaningful interactions.