Indesign's editors curate their favourite products from this year's trade fair in Cologne.
Pictured above is Arper’s Parentesit Freestanding. Image by RDNR Studio & Marco Covi
1. Parentesit Freestanding, by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper
With its colourful stand titled ‘Visions of Work’, Arper continued to play its part in the debate around workplace evolution with the ‘Soft Contract’ concept. It favours high-design, beauty and the flexibility to adapt to different settings. The extension to the Parentesit range with freestanding screens give the option of dividing a room in half, or partitioning off a space for quiet, independent thought.
2. BuzziJungle, by Jonas van Put for BuzziSpace
BuzziSpace has a ‘No Boundaries’ vision for the workplace, where design is adaptive for different work and collaboration styles. Fully supporting collaboration is the fluorescent yellow BuzziJungle framework – an alternative to the conventional meeting room. The various elements in the metal frame allow you to lie down, sit, work and/or climb. The idea is spontaneous interaction.
3. Telo Lounge, by Sebastian Herkner for Cappellini
Cappellini’s brand new seat system Telo Lounge references camping seats found in Afrikaans lodges. There’s a domestic undercurrent to this modular seating system, which can be integrated into circular and semicircular configurations. The stainless steel frame is available in in matt finishing available in white, anthracite, terracotta and mustard finishes.
4. Poise, by Anders Hermansen for Engelbrechts
Ultimate flexibility at an architectural scale. Poise is a modular shelving system based on T-shaped elements that can be stacked, fixed and disassembled with just an allen key. Since it’s self-supporting, there’s no need to drill holes in the wall or floor – which also means you can reconfigure it or move it at any time.
5. Be_Hold, by Patricia Urquiola for Haworth
Developed with Patricia Urquiola, Haworth’s stand has a ‘Spaces/Places’ theme and explores how to entice a mobile workforce back to the office with a sense of community, atmosphere, choice, and inter-connectivity. Her new Be-Hold storage system is presented as something that could bring a sense of individual personality with an expansive finishes palette, fabric-wrapped backs, perforated metal, wood tops, open shelving, lockers, and sliding cabinets.
6. Amp Chandelier, by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen
The Amp lighting collection now includes a dramatic and impressive chandelier made with combination of solid marble and glass. The chandelier is built up around a central steel cylinder, from which small arms grow out to form a voluminous oval shape. Each arm is crowned by a miniature version of the Amp table lamp.
7. Cyl, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra
Warm and woody, Cyl is presented as the antithesis of the cold, technical office environment. By focusing on tradition, it aims to generate a sense of peace and energy. It’s a graphic collection with broad surfaces paired with cylindrical shapes and frames. It’s a pleasant surprise to see such an investment in solid wood for the office environment.
8. Foster 512, by Foster + Partners for Walter Knoll
Walter Knoll’s presentation places emphasis on the significance of place, and how furniture can play a major role in our performance at work. The quality of our environment influences the quality of our work. The Foster 512 upholstered bench system redesigns modernity. It offers the clarity of clear-cut straight lines that can dominate in a single piece, or be combined to create landscapes.
9. PrintOne Stool, by Thorsten Franck for Wilkhahn
Wilkhahn presents itself as the world’s first furniture manufacturer to produce ready-to-use, 3D-printed furniture with its display of prototypes of the PrintOne Stool. A variety of patterns are presented for the body of the stool, which is printed with biodegradable lignin. The seat and rounded base (which supports a rolling movement) are connected after printing, and the stool can support a weight of 100 kilograms.