Two awards for Nienkmper

Nienkämper today announced that it has been honoured with two 2013 Good Design awards: one for the Gateway Collection, designed by Busk+Hertzog; the other for the Pleat Chair, by Four O Nine.

Good Design is an international symbol of a company’s firm commitment to innovation and superior design embodiment. Says Klaus Nienkämper, “The Good Design award recognizes excellence in innovation, construction, function and utility. It is always an honour and a pleasure to receive awards of this merit.”

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Good Design annually bestows international recognition upon the world’s most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary and innovative product concepts, invention and originality.

The Gateway Collection is comprised of three major elements that work in conjunction to provide smart solutions to multimedia presentation, video conference and traditional office requirements. The Gateway range of furniture includes tables, media walls, lounge seating and accessories, which can be used individually or together creating a concept that is highly customizable – from small informal meeting tables to big formal telepresence tables to informal lounge groups.

The Pleat chair – in lounge and dining versions – is a dramatically cantilevered chair that is supported and defined by a crisp structural fold. Inspired by pleating techniques in fashion design, Pleat performs like an elegant piece of fabric folded along its spine to provide shape, comfort, and structure. A homage to fine tailoring of haute couture and the flawless integration of form and comfort, the Pleat lounge chair is minimal in appearance. It’s visual boldness and refined details add to the sense of luxury that the Pleat chair’s simplicity imparts. –


Busk+Hertzog Flemming Busk and Stephan Hertzog formed their successful studio in Denmark in 2000. To date their studio has won more than 30 of the most prestigious international design awards, including Red Dot awards, IF awards and Good Design awards, making them the most award-winning Danish designers of their generation. Several of their designs are part of permanent exhibitions at design museums around the world. Busk+Hertzog’s design characteristics are sculptural, clean lines and a simple expression with minimal embellishment. Busk+Hertzog follow the philosophy that every decorative thing should also have a practical utility. That is how both designers combine practical and exclusive elements to exceptional design The design duo is now based in London.


Andrei Zerebecky and Lukasz Kos cofounded Four O Nine in 2011. Zerebecky and Kos bring together a sensibility that explores the boundaries between the prosaic and poetic. In a very short period of time, Zerebecky and Kos have garnered substantial international attention. In 2011 they completed their first built projects in Shanghai, including a storefront for contemporary furniture that was nominated by Surface Asia as one of Shanghai’s top retail spaces of 2012. Their first line of furniture products has been published extensively throughout Asia, including in such publications as Surface Asia, Wallpaper Thailand, Perspective and Dwell Asia. In 2012 the duo was awarded Perspective Magazine‘s 40 Under 40 Prize in product design.


Established in 1968, Nienkämper is an internationally recognized designer and manufacturer of fine office furniture. Recognized as one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada each year since 2009, Nienkämper is committed to being at the forefront of innovation; collaborating with forward-thinking designers; and pushing the boundaries of technology. Excellence from design to delivery.

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