Contract Furnishings: All in a Day’s Work

Workplaces are reopening with renewed purpose, and as such need smart solutions that are adaptable and flexible to cater to the ever-changing post-Covid hybrid dynamics.

Chairs

Path | Humanscale

This new task chair by Todd Bracher features the company’s proprietary FormSense Eco Knit, a mesh-like textile designed specifically for the chair that incorporates 22 pounds of recycled plastics, including 10 pounds of reclaimed ocean fishing net plastic. A new recline mechanism uses the sitter’s weight and form to adjust without the need for complicated manual controls.

Forsi | Keilhauer

Designed by long-time collaborators EOOS and launched at NeoCon where it received a Gold Award in the Conference Room Furniture category, the name is a play-on-words derived from the ideal size of a productive meeting: four to six people. The chair is set at a working lounge height and the table comes in either lounge or traditional conference height: Keilhauer’s first product line to feature this height option, a nexus between conference room formality and lounge area relaxation.

Pli | Allsteel

A light- or alternative-task chair with a four-point seat suspension system that responds to users’ natural shifts in seated postures, as well as a backrest specifically engineered to reduce the perception of a rigid perimeter. Offered in task and stool height configurations with two arm styles, fixed and height adjustable, with five mesh back colours and four base/frame colours in nature-inspired neutral tones.

Performance Fabrics

Elevate Collection | Mannington Commercial

With patterns ranging from diamond geometrics to linear and gridded, the collection consists of eight running line styles (shown is Assimilate) in either two or four colourways and made from 100 percent New Zealand wool or wool with viscose.

Chromalis | Wolf-Gordon

Designer Bradley L. Bowers digs into his toolkit of optical illusions on three upholstery textiles and one wallcovering. “I explored colour as the equalizer that creates perspective within a space, allowing pattern to add differentiation,” says Bowers. With Phantom (shown), he programmed algorithms to generate intersecting linework that creates the illusion of shape and depth from many angles.

Kick Start | Bentley

Six new carpet styles in a palette of nine colours ranging from cool to warm and light to dark are available in the company’s Colorcast tool, which allow for colour matching from any source, including paint chips and fabric swatches. Additionally, orders of 1,500 square yards or less will be ready to ship within 10 days of order thanks to the Fast Track product offering.

Lockers

Glass Collection | Hollman

Designed for durability in high-use areas where storage space can be shared such as healthcare, higher education and the workplace, they are made from ¼-inch thick tempered high clarity, low iron glass that can be back-painted in ultra-clear and pure custom colours, and soft-closing hinges to help reduce sound.

Universal Lockers | Enwork

Secure personal storage suitable for a shared workspace with unassigned seating or simply a smaller floorplan comes in a wide variety of column or cubicle configurations, finishes, and available with standard lock and pull, mechanical combination lock, and digital lock.

Accessories

Ready Bench | Innovant

Strongly minimalist in its design, this latest open plan sit/stand benching system developed in collaboration with Gensler features a cable management feature at the back that conceals cabling, power, and technology while co-functioning as a privacy panel that can be an accent colour or treated with fabric and PET felt.

Umo | Stylex

Accent tables don’t get much attention in office spaces, especially when competing with large benching systems or communal sofas, but they can be both handy and sculptural. Designer Brandon Walker juxtaposes curved shapes with angular cut-outs (hence the name: letters that resemble three arches and a circle). The portico-like arches inspired “by arches found in a de Chirico painting” says Walker add not only detail but aid in wire management.

Electrolite | ECA by Dekko

Intended for contract furniture industry, this portable power outlet has 360-degree capability due to reversible charging ports that enables a user to connect a Type-A cable without worrying about the plug or cable’s orientation. With 17 possible configurations, users can rotate outlets as well as the strain relief of cord exiting the back of the product (either straight or a 90-degree rotation).

Lighting

BuzziChip | BuzziSpace

Launched at NeoCon, the whimsical curves of its foam body are inspired by the classic shape of a Pringles chip. Fitted with BuzziSol solo, trio, or quintet lights, the plush exterior absorbs sounds and can be customized in a range of fabrics and colours.

Spring | Diesel Living with Lodes

A reinterpretation of classic, this brand-new arm lamp creation from the two Italian brands is characterized by a tubular metal arm that bends back on itself, forming a circle reminiscent of a coil spring. 360° adjustability make it a fit for multifunctional spaces in public environments from workplace to hospitality settings.

Latis Collection | RBW

Minimalist in profile but still packing reliable performance into RBW’s new optic platform, the lightweight linear fixtures snap into place, rotating and gliding into a range of compositions, scaling up to any dimension while delivering spatial coverage with lower wattage and fewer fixtures.

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