Table, Bench, Chair
Established & Sons, UK
It was while riding the Tokyo Yamanote line, that we noticed that the seating appeared as long red benches, free of any arm rests that would normally divide it into individual seats. To overcome the problem of seat assignment, the bench had one pink coloured zone - the size of a chair - so that the first person to enter the train would unconsciously gravitate towards this pink part and sit down. This first passenger had effectively sub-divided the rest of the bench for everyone else, so that no space was lost, as the train got fuller along its journey.
What if there was a bench that used a chair to create a sitting zone. Table, Bench, Chair uses this observation to form a highly flexible matrix of different functions where its flexibility also results in its oddity.
An oak plank acts as the bench that can be of varying lengths. Bent wood is used to deleniate the chair, with a corresponding concave soffit to give a little more comfort. Table, Bench, Chair can be used for the hallway of a home, waiting areas, lobbies and set-down areas.
Bo Bedre Furniture of the Year Award, Denmark, 2010
Turn, Twist and Branch Off, Aram Store, London, 2011
In 2009 Mattiazzi – a leading Italian producer of wooden furniture – released the influential Branca Chair – the all-wood, stacking armchair produced with the best of robotic manufacturing with hand-finishing. It went on to win the Design of the Year for Furniture in 2011 and is now included in the Permanent Collections of the Design Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Finlandia Design Museum, Helsinki; and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
To allow free movement at stool height, the seat is soft and open from 270 degrees. The backrest is small and reassuring, providing a backstop and a place to hang a jacket. The metal curved footrest replicates the outline of the seat.
The Branca Stool was first previewed by Mattiazzi at the Salone del Mobile 2014 and is now available after passing stringent quality controls and BIFMA standards. Stools are available in natural and coloured Ash (Anilin Black, Anilin White, Anilin Branca Green and Natural Ash) with a powder-coated footrest and a seat height of 760mm.
The Branca Stool continues the trajectory of tree branches seamlessly bending and meeting; it is also inviting and comfortable, yet skeletal in its formation.
Locale is an intelligent office furniture system that previewed at NeoCon 2013 as part of Herman Miller’s Living Office™.
Locale enables the creation of dynamic, high-performance work neighborhoods within open-plan environments. A composition of Locale elements encourages the free and intuitive shift from individual work to collaborative and social activities, and drives serendipitous interaction.
The subtle curvature of Locale’s surfaces signals openness, invites interaction, and generously accommodates multiple collaborators, work styles and tools. People move and change positions naturally around cantilevered surfaces.
With the addition of height adjustability, a push of a paddle allows an individual to sit down for focused work or stand up to collaborate with colleagues.
Adjustability is not limited to surface height—mobile tables, screens, and easels can be utilized as the need arises.
By easing physical and experiential transitions, Locale’s consistent and thoughtful design vocabulary contributes to a more seamless total experience of work.
“We often talk about how social networks behave given current technology, where close relationships are not based on physical proximity, but instead on similarity of purpose or interest. You might make an alliance in a social network with someone who is very far away but very close to you in other ways. They are great spatial condensers in this respect. Locale is a physical manifestation of this principle, where the most relevant participants are kept close and communication is fast and frequent.” Kim Colin
“One could argue that collaboration is a buzzword right now, that somehow it might go away, but we think this is unimaginable. People are collaborating globally, empowered by digital networks, but the most ambitious businesses still need productive, collaborative physical environments. The offices we visited during our research—places where people want to work—are open-plan, transparent, and energetic.” Sam Hecht
Best of NeoCon Silver Award, Chicago, 2013
IDEA 2014 Gold Award, USA, 2014
Metropolis 2014 Award, USA, 2014
HIP Award, Chicago, 2014
Radice is a three-legged wooden stool, the result of Industrial Facility’s second collaboration with Italian furniture producer Mattiazzi.
Unlike many other Italian producers, Mattiazzi keeps all the facets of wood production under one roof. By default, they have become a rare company that is able to shape wood as if it were plastic, while embracing ever-increasing challenges through their own R&D. Industrial Facility have continued to push Mattiazzi further into the exploration of robot-craftsmanship – following on from their first collaboration with the Branca Chair.
Radice finds its underlying beauty and simplicity in its structure. It is the bringing together of the front-half of a traditional 4-legged stool with a single back leg – the root. It is a visual improvisation, where two things come together unexpectedly.
“Radice has some tension in its form and it is a slight surprise that the third leg works as well as it does to resolve the overall structure. It is in some ways structurally diagrammatic, yet is made comfortable visually and physically because of how this third leg supports the seat,” says Sam Hecht.
The backrest is small and reassuring, allowing a coat or handbag to rest on it; and the seat is open for large and small people. It is light both visually and in weight and uses no screws or metal fittings, yet also passes stringent BIFMA standards ensuring it is structurally sound, stable and reliable. The wood stain options for Radice are based on the cycle of an autumn leaf turning colour.
Radice is available in 650mm (stool height) and 450mm (chair height).
Finishes: Ash - Available in Natural, Black, Branca Green, Red, and Yellow mustard; Natural Oak
Optional seat cushions: Leather and Kvadrat Steelcut Trio
Wireframe Sofa Group
Herman Miller, USA
Wireframe is a thoughtful and contemporary addition to Herman Millers recently relaunched ‘Collection’ series of furniture. It uses a structure made from metal wire to hold its soft and contoured cushions. Wired frames have a long heritage at Herman Miller, because they have the ability to create large structures that are light to move and strong in all directions. A versatile sofa was to be created, that is soft in appearance and where cushions were held in place by its structure. The wired frame allows it to be half the weight of a typical sofa, making movement, transportation and adjustment simple and relevant to today’s transient lives. It also means a smaller and less wasteful package to arrive to the customer.
There is a separation of upholstery and structure, allowing for easy maintenance that continues the legacy of lifetime repair and care that Herman Miller has pioneered. During the development of the project Industrial Facility had the opportunity to employ in the sofa structure a suspension technology called the ‘super-seat’, where a stretched molding creates a trampoline effect. It was previously used in the Nala Harmonic Tilt medical chair. The technology provides Wireframe with specific comfort, softness and support across its length. Wireframe is available in one, two and three seater versions.
Structure: White Flat or Black Flat
Cushions: Kvadrat Steelcut Trio; Kvadrat Remix; Black Leather; Brown Leather; and all Herman Miller Fabrics
Design Guild Award, 2014