Office disruptor WeWork joins LuxLive

WeWork, the US company which is disrupting the global office market with its playful and dynamic workspaces, has joined the speaker programme at LuxLive 2018 and will share its vision for the future of working interiors.

Star Davis, based at WeWork's New York headquarters, is an internationally recognised designer. She’ll deliver daily presentations on WeWork’s vision for the future of the office

Head of lighting Star Davis will deliver a daily presentation during the show on how the company’s unique blend of design, technology and lighting is creating environments which engage and retain talented employees.

She’ll share WeWork’s insights into humanising the workplace and motivating and exciting entrepreneurs, small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations with inspiring interiors that drive creativity, focus and connection.

New York-based WeWork has one million square metres of co-working buildings worldwide, spread across 77 cities in 23 countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, India, China, Australia and Canada. In Manhattan alone, it’s the largest commercial property landlord. Tenants tend to be big tech brands with relatively young workforces and include Microsoft,  Salesforce, Samsung, Spotify and Pinterest.

The buildings are known for vibrant interiors that combine extensive collaborative spaces with meeting pods, sound-absorbing phone ‘booths’, yoga studios, coffee shops, table tennis tables and, of course, free craft beer on tap.

The lighting is carefully integrated and tuned to accentuate and articulate the look and feel.

As well as driving fashion in interior design, WeWork also embraces the latest technology to manage its locations, and employees can access real-time data such as when the air filters were last changed and how many meeting rooms are occupied.

WeWork’s Manhattan Laundry building – the company is the biggest commercial property operator in the borough. Pic: Joe Flood/Shutterstock

New York-based Davis is an internationally recognised designer specialising in novel artificial and daylighting strategies. She balances creative thinking with strong technical capabilities and manages a variety of complex concurrent projects pushing the boundaries of the built environment. 

Guiding her approach is a deep understanding of visual perception, photobiology, physics, construction methodology, and atmospheric phenomena.

Davis is also a part-time lecturer at the famous Parsons School of Design in New York where she teaches masters-level courses on building systems, energy and data analytics to architects, interior and lighting designers.

Other speakers at LuxLive 2018 – which takes place at ExCeL London on Wednesday 14 November and Thursday 15 November 2018 – include British Land, CBRE, JLL, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, the City of London and Bluetooth.


  • Star Davis will talk on ‘Learning from WeWork’ in the keynote at 10.40am on Wednesday 14 November in the Property Technology Live conference track and again at 12pm on Thursday 15 November 2018 in the Lighting for Workplace and Wellbeing conference track, all of which takes place at the LuxLIve 2018 exhibition at ExCeL London on Wednesday 14 November and Thursday 15 November 2018. See the full programme of events HERE.