For nearly 25 years, elevator contractors have turned to SnapCab to design and manufacture interiors for both new installations and modernizations. The company has worked hard to make it easy to find simple solutions for customized cab walls and ceilings, engineered for quick installation. It took dedication and a certain kind of genius to develop the product line, and that genius has resulted in a new offering from the company: the Pod. A growing trend in workplaces today is the open-office concept. Instead of individual rooms or walled-off cubicles, the open office brings workers into a communal space of tables, couches and countertops that promotes collaboration and is designed for our mobile culture (think laptops, tablets and smartphones). But, there are times — such as when making an important phone call or meeting with a client — that having a little privacy and seclusion is a good thing. That’s where the Pod, a standalone quiet room, comes into the picture. The producers at Fox Business liked the idea enough to feature it on their program, “Inside The Blueprint,” which you can watch by clicking on the video link above.
A “living room” with a comfy couch, a 1980s disco, an invitation to take a stand on whether you prefer dogs or cats — these are among interiors of six elevators at Conran Design Group’s London headquarters. The ad agency elaborately redesigned the cabs to illustrate how a mundane experience, such as riding in an elevator, can be transformed into something that makes an impact on a person’s day. So far, the firm reports, it’s worked, creating a buzz among clients and even prompting them to return with other people (and potential future clients) in tow.
Elevator cab as 1980s disco, complete with boombox; image from Adweek
Hold on tight!! Cab creates the illusion that you’re above a long, empty shaft; image from Adweek
One of the cab interiors even offers riders a scary thrill as its floor is realistically painted to look like you’re staring down into a long, empty shaft. Check out all the designs in the trade publication Adweek!
We recently noticed the KONE website History section and the interesting information its timeline provides. Tied closely to the history of Finland, the company traces its origins all the way back to 1908, when it began operations as a machine repair shop named “Tarmo.” Two years later, the name was changed to KONE, which means “MACHINE” in Finnish (which, if we’re honest, surprised several of us at EW). The screenshot below is just a small sample of the detailed chronology the website provides. So, check out the growth of one of the world’s biggest OEMs through picture-accompanied entries that lead all the way up to 2017 with the opening of its expanded and renovated high-rise elevator testing laboratory in Tytyri, Finland, which stretches 350 m underground.