In early 2015, we participated in an extensive preselection with 16 competitors which included a written proposal and various trial setups. Having had many discussions, presentations of various trial setups and a look behind the scenes of the Gispen factory in Shanghai, Gispen eventually managed to stand out among the competition. Lenovo chose Gispen China.
Lenovo not only opted for the best price, it also wanted to give its employees an inspiring work environment. And Lenovo was also open to new ideas. We of course took the programme of requirements of Lenovo as our starting point, but we also deliberately presented a number of furnishing alternatives. Lenovo really appreciated that resourcefulness, with which we managed to solve a number of issues right away. Additionally, the major requirement of sustainability in design and production was met. Flexibility was also of great importance: not only in terms of the furniture, but in logistics as well.
At first, Gispen was given the task of supplying 4,200 workstations. Lounge areas and conference furnishings were soon added to that. In September 2015, phase 1 was completed and the first groups of employees started working at the new building. A logistical challenge: Gispen had less than two months’ time to furnish the entire building. However, we already knew about the vast numbers beforehand so we took this into account when we designed the furniture. It all had to be suited for swift transport and assembly on site. By now, over 5,600 workstations have been delivered.