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Make some noise

At any design trade show the hunt for themes is intense, but nowhere was this more evident than at Orgatec 2016, the preeminent meeting point for the international office furniture industry. When just a few years ago many exhibitors focused primarily on height adjustable solutions, it seems this year attendees and exhibitors alike could not stop talking about sound absorption.


Compiled by Martin Spreer

Koleksiyon│Boccaporto

Milan-based outfit Metrica designed this simple, practical and hushing meeting and seating arrangement for Turkish manufacturer Koleksiyon, which has already dabbled in interesting decibel-reducing solutions such as the Oblivion. www.koleksiyoninternational.com

TOOtheZOO│TOOtheLOUNGE

With a name like TOOtheZOO, this product has to be creative, fun and quirky — and it does not disappoint. Somewhat hidden inside the thought-provoking Orgatec exhibit titled The Smart Co-working Lobby, this simple, comfortable seating arrangement with a hight-adjustable table and built-in lighting makes this a perfect personal retreat option for a busy office. www.toothezoo.nl

DeVorm│AK2

Adding a partition privacy element, lighting option and sound dampening technology into one aesthetically beautiful and simply constructed felt product by Dutch designers Ivan Kasner and Uli Budde, made this one of the standouts at Orgatec. To further an eco-conscious appeal, the AK2 it is made from recycled PET plastic bottles. www.devorm.nl

BuzziSpace│BuzziCane

Taking retro to whole new level, Dutch designers DUM have borrowed an Art Deco sensibility and created a fresh look for the ever-increasing uniformity of the modern office. This comfortable lounge seat, combined with a decorative natural woven cane back and wood base frame, make it a visually interesting and relaxing seating arrangement for the non-conformist hipster office. www.buzzi.space

molo│Cloud Mast

Designed by Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, the simplicity of the cloud mast design adds a beautiful architectural element to the molo Cloud lighting collection. The sparse design of the freestanding structure, counterbalanced by a hanging weight, allows it to be unobtrusive in any environment yet permit movement of the suspended cloudlike lighting canopy. www.molodesign.com

BASF & Interstuhl│Team Up

A very innovative, flexible and adaptable concept chair solution designed by ITO Design for BASF and Interstuhl, showcases the use of performance materials that enhance mobility, functionality, sound absorption and easy configuration for group settings. www.basf.com

Inclass│Lapse

Designed by Carlos Tíscar, fluid lines define this fully modular lounge system, which offers public buildings, offices and hotels endless possible compositions of seating and side units, as well as connectivity accessories and privacy panels. www.inclass.es

Andreu World│Flex Executive

Extending the Flex line, Italian design superstar Piergiorgio Cazzaniga created a beautiful new range of lounge chairs combining effortless lines and exceptional comfort with a classic walnut finish high back. Two distinct backrest heights make this lounge chair a comfortable option to suit any workspace. www.andreuworld.com

KOKUYO│Rolling Workspaces

An interesting concept space installation entitled Rolling Workspaces by nendo for Japanese manufacturer KOKUYO certainly grabbed attention at the show. Whiteboards transformed into circular shapes can be rolled around the office and connected to desks and tables to create partitions and a fun sense of privacy. www.nendo.jp

Allermuir│Baudot

Baudot is an interesting range of products that strongly resemble pool noodles, but which also offer clever room dividing options that come with the benefits of an acoustic dampening layer that diffuses reverberation and noise. www.allermuir.com

UniFor│Teamer

The unconventional “floating” nature of this large task table, designed by Michele De Lucchi, will make any workspace appear uncluttered thanks to an ingenious centre suspension unit. www.unifor.it

Fritz Hanson│VIA57

Envisioned for Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’ VIA57 WEST building in New York City and designed by Danish design group KiBiSi, the Via57 is a comfortable American-inspired lounge chair with a classic Scandinavian design sensibilities. www.fritzhansen.com

Walter Knoll│Conference-X

A highlight of Orgatec 2016 was a clever, cost-effective and ingenious table system, designed by EOOS, offering flexibly for reconfiguring board rooms, conference and work areas with ease. The Easy Handle connection technology, designed with simplicity in mind, enables users to rearrange the table system in minutes to accommodate multiple purposes. www.walterknoll.de

Tom Dixon│Slab

The Slab Desk and Table is designer extraordinaire Tom Dixon’s first attempt to break into the office furniture market. Clearly intended to be applicable as both a home office as well as traditional workplace product, the Table (shown) offers beautifully crafted and clean designed lines, whereas the Desk version sports a more throwback look. www.tomdixon.net

Wilkhahn│mAx

An unfortunate side effect of open-everything modern offices is an absence of storage. The mAxfolding table system, designed by Andreas Störiko, might be the perfect solution to deal with temporary table needs for meetings and conferences: the compact design allows for easy transport, quick stow away, and connectivity options for variable configurations. www.wilkhahn.com

 
ZilenZio│Focus

Designed by the Swedish firm Note Design Studio, this ultra-light and portable floor standing textile screen offers the ability to transform offices within seconds. Quickly foldable for easy storage, Focus is a tool to quickly rearrange an office while still keeping ambient sound levels under control. www.zilenzio.com

 

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