As open space offices have started to become the norm in the modern working environment, office furnishings have had to adapt and improve to fit within this type of office concept. Activity Spaces is a new product line from Knoll, partnered with Antenna Design, that aims to allow companies to customise their working environment in a flexible and stylish manner.
In addition to Knoll’s already iconic line of office staples, they’ve added some additional products to the repertoire that work in conjunction with the old favorites. There are stacking chairs, marker boards, a desk/chair combo, and tech powered pieces that will keep your devices charged and connected.
The typical office desk is usually characterised as a simple and formal piece of office furniture. Kuubo takes an innovative approach to the humble office desk, it was created by the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa for the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra. The desk aims to be stylish and functional by providing elegantly hidden extra storage space, something many offices are in dire need of.
Fukasawa has designed a versatile work surface that gives users different options that go against this trend by reducing everything to the bare essentials. It can be considered a team centre, functioning as a temporary workstation, conference and meeting table, a manager’s desk with space for clients etc..
Made of wood and natural bristles, ‘Pratonzolo’ is a stylish desk organiser that adds a touch of nature into your office. The soft bristles which appear as artificial grass do the function of holding small objects such as pencils, pens and business cards. It was designed by Italian product designer Max Battaglia of ‘Givingshape’ design studio in collaboration with Matteo Mocchi of ‘BBMds’ design studio for ‘Stylemylife’, a young Italian start up company.
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Finding beautiful furniture to put in your office can often be difficult, so this is why here at eOffice we like to feature beautiful office friendly furniture from time to time. This collection is by Jory Bringham, bringing together both style and quality to make some stunningly elegant pieces that would fit perfectly in the communal or reception area of any office. The pictures below feature the “Comfortable Silence” bench which was inspired by nonverbal communication. It features solid teak intermixed with charcoal concrete. Within the concrete container you can place whatever you like, although the piece quite clearly looks amazing with a plant of some sort within it!
The Paperweight Desk is the perfect environmentally sustainable office furniture, it is clear and simple, focusing on functionality and sleek design. This environmentally sustainable office furniture is extremely light, yet surprisingly strong given that is is composed of 74% recycled paper and 26% virgin fibers created from fully managed and fast growing sustainable sources. This environmentally friendly item is designed by London’s Cardboard Future.
The Shop at Bluebird, a very prominent contemporary lifestyle store in Chelsea, is now the first retail space for Lee Broom - one of the UK’s most exciting young designers.
His “shop within a shop” showcases a variety of his furniture designs, which he is extremely well known for in the industry. Broom trained with Vivienne Westwood before graduating from Central St Martins, and has notable designs such as the One Light Only Collection, which was launched at last year’s London Design Festival, and his iconic neon chairs.
Apart from reaffirming him as one of Britain’s rising young designers , we will let his work do the rest of the talking!
Bangkok University has recently developed a new complex of four story buildings, designed by 49 Group – a Bangkok based design studio. But the University’s Creative Centre, which occupies two floors of the complex, was designed by Supermachine Studios. Supermachine are also a well known Bangkok based design studio, who’s motto is “small office but big projects”. The centre, which measures at about 600m2, includes exhibition space, library, workshops and offices. It was formed as part of the Government’s aim to transform the Thai economy – going from an overwhelmingly industrial and agricultural one to a more creative and tertiary based one. Thus, with this aim in mind the facility was designed to be bright and welcoming in the hope that it would encourage creativity and dialogue amongst the next generation of Thai students.
Founded in the north of Italy in1994, Kristalia was established by young local entrepreneurs who were joined by two common passions – design and jazz. Their strive towards innovation and aesthetics has earned them many accolades within the design community. These award winning designers have now recently established a workspace in London, in so doing contributing to the creative environment of eOffice Soho during the Kristalia Open Day. The Kristalia Open Day showcased the latest collection to a select number of influential people within the design and furniture production industry. It allowed attendees to enjoy the state-of-the-art interior which forms part of their open plan office space servicing SMEs.
As eOffice’s main furniture supplier Kristalia adds innovation to the artistic work atmosphere, giving it a character of modernity and style. The novelty of shapes and the originality of forms compliments the quality and comfort which is deeply embedded within in all of Kristalia’s creations. The colours range from soothing, natural, earthy hues to bold colours such as red, purple and green.
Here is a sample of their catalogue:
For information please visit Kristalia
The Dedon Green Wall is, quite literally, an interlinked web-like wall which allows you to incorporate greenery into your office in a stylish yet practical way. It functions as a room divider, allowing you to be innovative and efficient in the way you utilise your existing work space.The idea being that you place office friendly plants within the 8 ceramic pots engulfed in the wall, allowing the plants to grow freely around the spindles. This eventually creates a web of green and metal to stunning effect. It is definitely a great way to liven up any office and create a light and airy atmosphere which is conducive to a good working environment. The wall was designed by Jean-Marie Massaud who has received numerous accolades, not least the Designer of the Year Award (The Paris Furniture fair 2007) and the ELLE Decoration International Award (2007). The Green Wall comes in two versions, horizontal and vertical and weighs in at just over $2,000.
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The CHALK ping pong table was designed and developed by Studio Aruliden especially for PUMA. The table is unique in that is has a chalk surface, allowing players to write down the score as they play. It also allows them to note down any inspiring thoughts which may come to them whilst playing. The build materials are of the highest quality, the legs are made of ash wood and the net of chain link. A ping-pong table is a great addition to any office, as it allows staff to take a refreshing break and in many situations can increase productivity as regular sessions of exercise are good not only for the body, but also the mind. The table is a limited edition item, and prices at roughly $4,000.