Taking Care of Business
Benching System | Innovative
The new system, designed by HAT Contract, takes the adjustable work table to new heights. Available in three widths (48”, 60” and 72”) and two colours (silver or white), the system contains expandable and fully adjustable steel frames that can be assembled, combined with other units, and re-configured depending on space constraints or specific workplace needs. Each system supports up to 300lbs and contains dual motors for easy height adjustment hidden within each leg.
That Flippin’ Chair | Masoud Mahboobullah
With homes constantly increasing in price and decreasing in size, decorating requires imagination and innovation. Enter That Flippin’ Chair, an adaptable piece of furniture that can be used for both casual seating and counter height dining. Using a smart snap mechanism, the chair swiftly transitions from one mode to the next with a simple flip of its backrest and seat. While perfect for homes, the winner of a 2018 Red Dot Award for concept design also finds a place in office settings.
Plena | Foscarini
Plena, meaning “full moon” in Italian, is a suspension lamp that marks Eugenio Gargioni and Guillaume Albouy’s first collaboration with Foscarini. Seemingly large in size, the pendant is actually lightweight and shaped like an arch, allowing light to spread upwards while simultaneously reflecting down below. The aluminum and PVC Plena combines its electrical wiring within its suspension for a clean and minimalist design, making a statement in residential dining rooms, hotel lobbies, office boardrooms and reception areas alike.
Phenomenology Collection | Luum Textiles
Suzanne Tick’s new collection presents four styles that interact dynamically with light to create an illusory effect. Each has a dynamic colour palette and texture, from the opaque and wool-like “Backdrop” to the classic Tweed-inspired “Meta Texture,” crisp and neutral “Fleck Forge,” and ikat-inspired jacquard “Ephemera.” Together, these bleachable and durable textiles are ideal for high-traffic environments like offices, adding a touch of style to any upholstered piece.
Evo | Allsteel
The Evo collection reimagines the standard task chair by bringing colour, versatility, comfort and durability to the office floor. Designed in collaboration with Bruce Fifield, the stools, conference, task and side chairs contain automatic, weight-activated tension, providing intuitive and customized support to each individual user. They also contain a mesh back that blends mono- and multifilament fabrics for high strength, breathability and a soft-to-the-touch effect.
Agile Townhall | Allsteel
Rainlight Studios has designed a diverse and handsome new collection with a well-rounded selection of tables, stools, benches, ottomans, chairs and accessories intended to enliven and energize a space. The Rock, for example, is a high-back, Pacman-shaped rocking chair designed for user comfort, whereas the Cloud is a discreet and thin screen that provides flexible options for workplace privacy. The collection contains six styles in total.
ILTUO | 3form
Solving issues of privacy, productivity and distraction in open office plans, the ILTUO system is a flexible and customizable line of straight partitions and fully enclosed spaces with doors. When installed, the system creates a highly functional and attractive meeting space that promotes efficiency and reduces sound reverberation through hush bars made from Sola Felt. Available in a variety of colours and heights, ILTUO can even be finished with panel lighting, shelving and writable walls for maximum brainstorming potential.
The Frame | Samsung
Upgraded for 2018 and boasting 4K UHD technology, smart capabilities with Samsung’s Bixby command system, and 850 artworks from artists around the world, owners can now browse a unique virtual Art Store which houses an ever-growing collection curated by art consultant Elise Van Middelem. Searchable by artist, colour scheme and medium, the TV functions like any other when turned on, and transforms into an art gallery when switched off. Recent additions include more than 30 iconic photographs from The New York Times and 21 artworks from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
Sunweave | Mohawk Group
Inspired by women weavers of Indigenous cultures around the world, Sunweave evokes natural patterns found in baskets, blankets and textiles through its biophilic design. The carbon-neutral collection is Living Product Challenge Petal certified, and through its unique linear ombré shadow, brings the rich appearance of woven textiles and garments to commercial interiors. Sunweave builds upon the time-honored manufacturing heritage at Mohawk Group’s Karastan mill in North Carolina, which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary of operation.
WAM | Bross
The new collection by architect Marco Zito asks users to “wait a minute,” stop, sit down, take a breath and relax. The line of coffee tables, benches, poufs, lounge and armchairs are a welcome addition to residential interiors, but truly find their home in commercial, public or office spaces. With four elongated metal legs available in black or bronze, a generous shell with padding, and custom colour and fabric options, the WAM collection makes slowing down and waiting both comfortable and fun.