Ways of working and the working culture are changing faster than ever before.
The boundaries between work and leisure time are vanishing, and most people are used to the freedom of planning their work. These changes mean that there is also pressure for workplaces to develop. Use of space should be optimised and challenged so that it suits new routines and ways of working.

An optimised workplace adapts to requirements

The workplace is increasingly becoming a dynamic management tool: it can be used to guide organisations towards their targeted direction of change. Lifecycle thinking is the opposite of a one-off project – it helps broaden the perspective from decisions that focus purely on the planning stage to continuous development of the workplace.

Our lifecycle services help you adapt

Martela’s lifecycle services will help customers adapt to change. Instead of individual furniture orders, Martela offers a comprehensive service which covers the entire lifecycle of the office and takes care of the premises, the furniture – and the people. The best workplaces create wellbeing for the entire working community.

Our wide range of products and services enable us to offer a comprehensive model which makes it easier to manage premises and helps companies to operate in a responsible and environmentally friendly way. When the overall situation is being managed and future needs can be predicted well in advance, the operating expenses of the premises can be reduced. Comfortable premises that are always well-maintained and have been designed according to real customer needs help to create just the right company brand and to attract the best employees. And most importantly, the premises help the company achieve its goals every day of the year.

PodBooth detail
Scoop sofas and plants

Specifying the need for transformation as ongoing development

We help our customers specify what they need from their facilities, while also paying attention to future transformation needs. If a company has the opportunity to move to new premises, the specification phase provides support for finding the right kind of facilities. If the company was previously based in a traditional office, the new premises can usually be 20–40 per cent smaller than the old ones.

Moving to an activity-based office usually reduces space requirements by 10–40 per cent. The specification always begins by identifying the customer’s business goals and the nature of the facility users’ work and their needs. At the end of the specification phase we send the customer a detailed workplace report and a plan for the workplace’s use of space based on the report. These will be used as a basis for the space and interior design. It is not advisable to begin transforming a workplace without a proper specification.

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User-driven design

The design process for the workplace will begin with an inventory of the existing furniture so that it can be taken into account in the design for the new space. If a use cannot be found for the old furniture in the new space, we will agree on either refurbishing the pieces or recycling them responsibly.

As a result of the workplace design process the customer will receive a custom-made space plan that is used when implementing the transformation. The workplace can also be leased as a complete unit instead of purchasing it. At this stage we will also plan the space utilisation induction for the staff and carry out an inspection of the premises with a view to the potential move and recycling.

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Frankie desk with a Kilta chair


When carrying out the transformation of the workplace we will deliver an interior that matches the plan and recycle the old furniture. It is a good idea to start the transformation by briefing the staff, so that everyone is up to date with the transformation and its different stages. After the transformation has been carried out, we will organise an induction for the staff on working in the new premises.

Implementation services

Furniture optimisation and recycling

Organisations and working methods are constantly changing.
It is advisable to regularly make sure that the workplace supports the current ways of working. The changes that are needed may not necessarily be extensive, but they may have a major effect on productivity and wellbeing at work. In terms of maintaining the workplace, it is particularly important to measure both the user experience and the utilisation rate in order to make sure that the workplace supports its users and is used optimally. Constant maintenance and optimisation reduce the need for extensive transformation projects and large one-off costs.

Optimisation and recycling


Martela is a family business founded in 1945.
We design and manufacture user-driven workplaces and learning environments where different kinds of spaces support individual ways of working and learning. We believe that an inspiring environment increases the joy of work, comfort, wellbeing and productivity.

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