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Phone Booths Displace Rooms at Microsoft HQ!

Soundproof office phone booths are an increasingly popular solution to office noise – and Microsoft is the latest to adopt the design, from the team at Framery.



BY Andrew McDonald

September 5th, 2017


Framery is the Finnish manufacturer of soundproof privacy spaces for open offices – and Microsoft is one of numerous repeat customers the unique design team has

“The feedback from users has been very positive. In fact, we plan to replace one-third of traditional phone rooms with Framery booths in three new buildings in our headquarter campus in Seattle,” says Riku Pentikäinen, Director, Global Workplace Strategies at Microsoft.

According to Pentikäinen, the advantages of Framery booths compared to fixed rooms include lower cost and movability – “Technology companies are leaders in developing innovative, human-centric workspaces. They need to keep their talents happy,” says Samu Hällfors, co-founder of Framery.

Framery’s award-winning phone booths and meeting pods are manufactured in Finland and exported globally. Framery is growing fast – the company’s revenue increased from 5 million euros in 2015 to 18 million in 2016.

“We made 2800 phone booths in 2016, and the goal for 2017 is 8000 booths. We plan to hire 100 new colleagues this year,” Hällfors says. Currently, Framery has 130 staff members.

According to a recent study by Oxford Economics, 53 percent of office employees say ambient noise reduces their satisfaction and productivity. Only 18 of them say their management has taken steps to solve the noise issues – so if you’re looking to make the office a more productive environment, be sure to check the full Framery range online.


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