Formula Interiors presents Shift, a new solution that integrates information and communications technology (ICT) with space planning and furniture design. Formula’s new Shift systems are flexible by nature to accommodate ICT requirements.

ICT in the workplace should be a key driver in the design of spaces. Flexibility allowing for change over time is also a critical factor in the specification of any interior systems. 

Shift delivers excellent functionality with high performance acoustics, code compliance and modularity, easily incorporating a huge scope of technology from electronic white boards to screens and video conferencing equipment. Shift embraces the technologies of today and tomorrow to ensure organisations have a future-proofed audio-visual infrastructure in place. 

Formula is leading the way in the design of these integrated interior systems, all designed and produced locally, which ensures the products fully comply with Australian standards, meet local demands and trends, and allow design changes to meet specific client briefs and technology changes.

Formula is working with Rutledge AV, Australia’s ICT integrator powerhouse with in-house capabilities covering system engineering, field engineering, project management, equipment procurement, system installation, software engineering and programming. With these capabilities, Rutledge AV not only designs and delivers comprehensive audio visual and unified communication systems, but can also put these skills to excellent use in supporting the systems businesses use today and ensure organisations are ready for the systems of tomorrow.

Rutledge AV brings their expertise to ensure seamless integration of technology and the Shift wall systems. 

Shift’s demountable and reconfigurable system easily incorporates customised ICT systems for workspaces. Working and collaborative spaces can be designed and installed to allow for changing needs of project teams and communication demands. 

Key features of the Shift integrated ICT systems include energy efficient LED lighting and good acoustics; modular power and soft wiring for easy accessibility and change; technology infrastructure options such as AV connectivity interface wall plates, wall reinforcement for projector, screen or display installations, and cut-out penetration or punch-out for AV control panel; easy-to-update hardware; and zero downtime when relocating or reconfiguring a floorplate. 

Shift recently received an Australian International Design Award, which is further testament to the solution’s design excellence. 

Rutledge AV engineers have worked closely with Formula to future-proof the designs to ensure any technology hardware upgrades can be performed seamlessly with minimal disruptions or impact on the environment. Shift ensures that the technology integrated within the demountable wall is fit for purpose and functional, allowing for innovative technology to be brought into meeting rooms and training rooms at the touch of a button. 

Combining technology in a modular system such as Shift ensures different components and communication devices can be simply built in, relocated or replaced with changing needs. 

Given the growing demand in office accommodation for flexibility of use and space on a temporary as well as long term basis, there is a demand for systems that allow for these changes in space requirements and technology advancements. 

Open plan spaces drive the need for quiet, private and collaborative spaces too. Meeting rooms that enhance communication within an organisation and with external parties is essential to business function in today’s workplace. Having ‘smart walls’ that can be reconfigured any time allow for the flexibility needed in office space accommodation. 

The trend for open space work environments is on the rise; many of the new build sites that Rutledge AV and Formula are commissioned to design and install systems for, incorporate activity based working stations or ‘hot desks’. From an audio visual technology integration perspective, these environments throw up complex challenges due to the vast spaces not being equipped to house audio visual equipment. 

Designs for custom mounting and cable management systems are then required to conceal the technology and work in harmony with the open space environment. Shift has solved many of the complex audio visual challenges with open space designs by providing the joinery and functionality to house state-of-the-art technology.