For over eighty years, we’ve been proud to have built a reputation for designing the right product at the right time. Now more than ever, the workplace is ripe for reimagination as we all adopt more flexible working patterns. In a swift response to the world locking down and millions of people working from home, Belong gives you flexibility with hard working, savvy solutions that don’t compromise on style, allowing you to thrive no matter where you are.
In early 2020 at the start of the pandemic, as office workers everywhere were told to work from home, Bisley’s CEO Richard Costin asked four of Bisley’s in-house designers to propose ideas for products that would work well in a flexible home office scenario. The result is the newly launched Belong collection, an office furniture portfolio designed with home working firmly in mind, from its fully customisable nature, to the simplicity of assembly.
Costin said: “It was immediately obvious that we needed to pivot from our planned 2020 workflow and innovate, fast. We have entered a new era where our industry has to adapt to a different way of working. I asked our design team to think, if they had free rein over new products within our steel and wood factories…what would they be? They came back with some wonderful ideas, and the result of that is the Belong Collection. It’s times like this that we have the opportunity to thrive; our team has really worked hard and used their fantastic talents and skills to come up with something really beautiful for Bisley.”
The Belong range comprises of multiple collections, all designed by Bisley’s experienced in-house team, to create a sanctuary wherever you are so that you can focus and stay on top of your workload in comfort. When your place of work shifts from day to day, having a dependable, personal space maintains a sense of connection.
Poise by Bisley - a selection of beautiful, design-led desking, task tables, coffee tables and sideboards, with modernist silhouettes. Each piece is intended to work as either a standalone piece or in conjunction with each other.
Outline by Bisley - a sleek, steel-framed collection of desking and storage that has a strong, minimalist style.
Hideaway Wall Desk - a space-saving, wall mounted desk that folds down to provide a practical worksurface, as well as somewhere to store your desk accessories.
Bridge – a stylish system, which brings together storage and display in one seamless unit.
MultiRange - a mix and match collection of desking and accessories that incorporates Bisley’s iconic MultiDrawer cabinet.
Platform – a dual function design, which heightens your monitor ensuring it is at the correct eye level, whilst providing a practical storage tray.
Pal – a handy piece of movable storage means this design also provides an impromptu perch if a seating pad is added.
Shadow – a mobile storage unit, complete with a stylish leather handle, which allows you to move and be productive wherever you are.
Mosaic - a range of handy hooks and trays, which work together and come in a variety of different sizes.
Chris Fowler, Director of International Projects at Bisley, said of the new collection: “It goes without saying that 2020 has been an unusual year. New product launches can sometimes be years in the making, but Bisley has decades of design expertise in developing office furniture solutions and we channelled all of that history, knowledge and expertise into developing and producing the Belong range in three months.
From initial sketches and renders, our team worked closely with the factory floor to develop prototypes, which were then developed and perfected over the course of the summer. The role of our wood processing plant was an additional strength to our bow. With Belong, we weren’t tied to any particular material – referring back to the brief from our Board, we could use our imagination and select the most suitable mix of materials for each element of the range. Being self-sufficient was a real advantage, compressing both development and supply chain timelines.
Its realisation is a particularly proud moment for us as it is the first time in a long time that the full process, from inception through to launch, has been conducted by an in-house design and production team.”
The launch of the Belong range comes after a transformative year for Bisley that saw more than a 300% spike in e-commerce sales as office workers looked to quickly set up home offices. Bisley’s sales largely comprise of significant corporate contracts, including the recent completion of BBC Cymru Wales’ new Cardiff city centre HQ, for which Bisley supplied furniture solutions that accommodated the various different needs of all media departments.
Richard Costin, Bisley CEO, said: “After being appointed Bisley’s CEO in February to be met with a global pandemic the very next month, it’s fair to say that this year has been something of a wild ride.
During lockdown we evaluated our business, our selling channels, how the economy would react and how business and the working environment might change.
From this, and in addition to our new Belong collection, we have committed to increasing our online selling capabilities and have started to work with Amazon to develop a new online function that will be implemented across the world. I strongly believe that with these tactical and strategic objectives, and most importantly, to have the Bisley people that are so talented and committed, we will go from strength to strength.”
See our press coverage below:
- We Belong Together (Design Insider)
- Furniture Collection conceived during pandemic launched (Business Insider)
- Wales based heritage office furniture brand launches innovative new collection (News From Wales)
- Furniture Brand Launches Innovative New Collection (Building Design and Construction Magazine)
- Keep Things Organised (Metro Scotland)
- Bisley respond to pandemic with collection ideal for home workers (South Wales Argus)
- Bisley respond to pandemic with collection ideal for home workers (Free Press Series)
- Bisley introduces Belong, their new flexible furniture collection (Workplace Insight)
- We Belong Together @wearebisley (Home Designer & Architect)