As office environments become edgier and more collaborative, commercial furniture solutions are following suit. Words by Elana Castle.
October 29th, 2014
Kivo®, Herman Miller
As traditional office partitions fade from our workplace design vocabulary, acoustic dividers are taking on innovative new forms and textures. Designed by Alexander Lorenz, Kivo® is a space divider composed of a series of reconfigurable magnetic tiles connected to a lightweight steel skeleton. Based on an innovative mathematical formula, Kivo® engenders infinite spatial permutations, a flexible approach driven by the nature of ever evolving workplaces.
NetApp by Siren Design
Interior design studio Siren Design have created a bright and bold new workplace for NetApp featuring a number of Bolon Studio™ products. A combined use of wing-shaped Artisan Ecru, Oil, Coal and Botanic and Iris carpet tiles throughout the social and work areas has resulted in a versatile, bespoke and contemporary flooring solution.
Bolon Studio™ is based on five shapes which, in combination of different colour choices, can produce a myriad of aesthetic effects.
Commercial furniture supplier ECF understand that creativity can be hindered or nurtured depending on the environment one works in. Hence their new range of colour-blocked furniture they believe will provide a platform for the creative juices to flow. Their duo-toned Chat Chair is a particularly striking piece fashioned from polyester felt and wool-polyamide. The result is a versatile chair equally at home in a residential environment.
Ecoustic Foliar, Instyle Contract Textiles
Ecoustic Foliar is an acoustic, interactive wall product designed by Australian industrial designer Adam Cornish in collaboration with the Wovin design hub. Drawing its inspiration from nature, Ecoustic Foliar mimics plant and foliage shapes. The leaf sections can be laid flat or folded to create tessellating formations and curved elements, Used on masses, the product can be installed in clusters or scattered, resembling the cellular structures that inspired its origin.
Krost Business Furniture
Krost Business Furniture’s latest office project in Ryde, Sydney pushes design boundaries of shape and colour to create an exciting, fun and functional workspace. Each section of the office features its own unique combination of furniture and finishes. The workspace features Krost’s brightly-hued benchwork workstations, Vast and Trak screens, Mobile Caddies, Tambour Door units, Flow chairs and Zorro, Cali and Byte breakout pieces.
Hexagon by Shaw Contract Group
Inspired by the cultural shift toward more collaborative environments, Hexagon is a colour tile available in a range of styles and colours offering dynamic patterning options. “The new Hexagon collection is nonlinear in composition and reinforces the social aspect of space,” explains Shaw Contract Group General Manager, Paul McCosker. “Repetitive forms always remain a cornerstone of good architecture and design and at Shaw we feel the geometry of the hexagon is perfection.”
Designed to change the way people move through space, the tiles develop socially attractive pockets to facilitate networking and collaboration. “We often see our customers create angular, organic seating areas or workspaces now the hexagon allows for a similar system to be implemented on the floor,” Corker continues.
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