Contract Furnishings

Landings and Layovers

German manufacturer Wilkhahn released Landing at Orgatec. Landing responds to the tendency for spontaneous conversations in the in-between spaces in our days. The decorative, sound-absorbent wall reliefs create an inviting atmosphere for spontaneous “stopovers” in places where space is lacking, such as aisles and cross-over spaces. With multiple configurations, Landing can be used for perching or leaning on, as shelving, or a privacy screen. The flat and three-dimensional upholstered, textile-covered elements are available in seven colors that fit into any design. 

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Office at Tech Startup Working Smart

Creative use of furniture helps tech startup smartly design a workplace solution to create maximum workspaces. After quickly outgrowing its first office, designed in collaboration with Poppin, Honey, an LA-based shopping app/tech startup, needed to open a second location that felt beautiful and on-brand, creating a seamless experience for employees between offices.

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Multi-Task Panels

Universal Height Adjustable Screens allow workstation panels to suit a variety of tasks whether sitting, standing or collaborating. By adjusting the height, users can control acoustic and visual privacy of the workspace with the screen. Raise or lower the screen to the desired level of privacy with a simple pull or push. At its full height, the screen provides complete visual privacy. When fully depressed, the screen virtually disappears to create an inviting, collaborative space. The screens adjust seamlessly and quietly. 

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Causing a Ruckus

The Ruckus collection promises great things as the winner of the “Best in Competition” award at EDSpaces last year. Ruckus brings badly needed movement to educational settings, expanding creative thinking and embodiment of ideas in classrooms and corporate training facilities. The collection includes mobile seating, table and storage options, which provide a wide range of movement in all directions. For example, easy-glide rollers help rearrange the footprint and four seat and stool heights accommodate adjustable height work surfaces.

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Modular Seating

Kontour modular seating, with coordinating ottomans and end tables, can be arranged in limitless configurations to provide comfortable, functional seating options. Ranging from a small single unit to expansive configurations, the rectilinear and curvilinear shapes create strong visual interest while enhancing designers’ abilities to define spaces and control traffic flow in large public areas.

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Privacy in the Public Realm

An airport is a place of waiting, a public realm where passengers are oftentimes alone together. In that vein, the urge to seek solace and privacy and be productive is there, but there is seldom a private niche or corner available for work, a phone call or reading without a visual distraction or acoustic intrusion. The Cove lounge chair, manufactured by Poltrona Frau and designed by Foster + Partners, made its debut at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Stockholm. Its generously curved form provides ample room for a person to relax or work in comfort, while offering them a sense of seclusion without the need for walls. The circular form incorporates a wide, comfortable seat, an integrated USB-ch

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The Future is Upcycled

The world needs another chair like it needs a plastic garbage patch bigger than the size of Texas drifting in the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, that plastic garbage patch already exists, but thankfully, two responsible companies—Humanscale and ocean-plastic-cleanup enterprise, Bureo—have hatched a plan to make a chair out of ocean plastic. It is a remarkable feat, as they pay people fairly, produce it ethically, and get certified as an International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Living Product while keeping the price competitive. The Smart Ocean chair is an update to the design of the Smart chair and uses two pounds of ocean nets. Previewed last year at NeoCon, it will be on dis

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Steelcase Debuts a New Material

A carbon fiber-like material from Steelcase is an integral component to a task chair and a breakthrough material technology. Disguised within the chair, the lightweight, high-performance polymer has the same density, pliability and tensile strength as its carbon fiber inspiration, but comes with a much more economical price point; in fact, says James Ludwig, Product Development at Steelcase, “It’s virtually indistinguishable to the real material and about a third of the price.”The impetus for the design breakthrough was to achieve an elegant, effortless and supportive form for a task chair that was intuitive, simple and accessible at all price points. “You don&rs

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Silent Spark

During the company’s 10th anniversary celebration in Antwerp, acoustic furniture experts, BuzziSpace, introduced BuzziSpark, a cheeky name for a modern take on a traditional vis-à-vis settee. BuzziSpark’s final dimensions and details went through several iterations before the seasoned designer’s Alain Gilles creation was finalized. The elegant concept features comfort in its cushions and low-to-the-ground frame. Visual and acoustic privacy are achieved through higher curvilinear sidewalls. The simple framing hugs the exterior and comes in standard black, but will be made to order to customers’ specifications to coordinate with fabric when desired. It will be available

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From Past to Present

Once a metaphor for economic and political turmoil in the area, the venerable “Unfinished Theatre” in Lublin, Poland, needed to bring itself into the 21st century. Two rooms especially benefited from a seating upgrade that leaves visitors in step with modern aesthetics and comfort. The “Unfinished Theatre” is the name that the inhabitants of Lublin nicknamed the old building that has occupied the city center for more than 40 years. With construction starting in 1960, it was set to be Europe’s largest opera palace. Funding problems at the start, together with the economic crisis of the 1980s and political changes at the end, left the unfinished building as a metaphor for a society that went d

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