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Office Gear: Any Way You Want It

As companies reevaluate their office footprints and prepare to amend the in-person work experience, adaptability will be the name of the game for at least the immediate future.

Nuez Lounge BIO | Andreu World

With this lounge chair, Patricia Urquiola has not only extended the chair, armchair, table and bench family but jacked its sustainability properties to a new level. With a carbon footprint equivalent to wood, it is in fact created from a natural non-fossil thermopolymer generated by live microorganisms that gives it biodegradable and compostable properties. The textile coverings are made from recycled polyester using water bottles and plastic packaging, and the chair is designed so that all the materials and components can be easily separated and recycled, including shell, foam, fabric, wood or aluminum base.

Jetty:Mod | Allsteel

Designed by Bendtsen Design Associates, this modular sofa system of curvilinear and linear forms is available in a variety of upholstery, laminate, and metal finishes. The kit-of-parts can even be exchanged or added to over time, allowing designers to scale solutions to different heights and depths, work settings and activate, utilize, and adapt spaces for activity-specific needs.

Prata | Allseating

Meaning “to speak” in Swedish, their latest collaboration with Carl Gustav Magnusson is a conference chair that utilizes a suspension mechanism concealed within its seat frame that automatically reacts to the weight of users so they can recline comfortably. As individuals usually approach conference chairs from the back, Magnusson designed the back to have a subtle yet visually inviting curve.

Free Address 2.0 | Stylex

Designed for open-plan schemes, this expanded modular furniture system defined by separation and storage includes higher sofa backs for more privacy and the ability for occupants to sit back-to-back while maintaining a safe distance. Taller table heights have been added to accommodate stools, along with more open cubbies and storage spaces (or “lockers”), and casters for greater flexibility and ease of use.

Coffee House Collection | Integra Seating

A new divider panel has been introduced for the Coffee House Collection. Available on all straight or curved high back units, the panel provides an added level of privacy, separation and acoustics, and have an option for stainless steel stand-offs which create a space between the seat, back unit and panels, resulting is an all-sides clean-out feature that makes it easy to wipe off and sanitize all around the unit.

Pitch Perfect | Interface

The three new skinny plank carpet tiles created by David Oakey all have names that echo the collection’s and like musical notes are meant to work together: the boucle design of Obligato complements its linen-like counterpart Diminuendo, while Intermedio is a transition tile that bridges the two. The collection includes 100 per cent recycled content nylon and is carbon neutral across its full life cycle.

Mills Phenolic No-Site Restroom Partitions | Bradley Corp.

With gaps between toilet partitions’ doors and pilasters becoming increasingly unpopular, Bradley re-engineered its phenolic partition line with a rabbeted edge on both the hinge and latch sides of the door. This grooved edge closes off sightlines and provides flush finish construction for a refined look. Partition installation has also been improved with pre-drilled indicator latch holes that eliminate guesswork. And pre-installed threaded inserts on doors and pilasters speed up hinge installation.

Plot | Poltrona Frau

Room dividers – popular in the 1950s – are making a comeback thanks to “resimercial” trends and the need for separation. This collaboration with Italian-Danish design duo, GamFratesi, for the brand’s Take Your Time collection is made of plaited leather with playful geometric motifs supported by a structure of aluminum tubing veneered with a moka ash finish and connected with metal joints with matt brass finish.

Cala | Diemmebi

Inspired by the architecture of Santiago Calatrava, this stackable chair by German designer, Martin Ballendat, won a 2021 Red Dot Award for Product Design due to the extreme lightness yet durability of the seat and backrest, manufactured using injection moulded plastic with a cross-linked steel structure held together without the use of screws. The moulded part receives its interesting lattice design by the crossing of the two halves of the open-and-shut tool.

Mixu | Arper

Designed in collaboration with Daniel Stromborg, product development design director at Gensler, Mixu comes in just three components: a base, a seat, and a backrest; each individual part of the chair can be mixed and matched in a range of different colours and materials including wood, metal, post-industrial recycled plastic, leather, and fabric upholstery to fit a range of both residential and commercial settings.

M10 | Artome

The old days of clunky Polycom conference calls are likely a thing of the past, while Zoom and video calls are here to stay, so office designers will need any technology that improves video conferencing. This portable plug-and-play solution for presenting, learning and videoconferencing can be connected to a device with a HDMI-cable or wirelessly, and can easily be moved from one space to another. Only a light-coloured wall or a screen is needed as a reflection surface.

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