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Celebrating 30 years under the sign of comfort.

Ares Line, Italian leading company producer of office chairs and contract seatings, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.
A substantial history of continued success and strategies to react to market changes.
So far the focus was on ergonomic aspects and seating comfort, now the scope has been extended to environmental comfort through Fonology based on acoustic technological solutions. Ares Line could combine passion for handicraft and the power of an economic structure, focusing on finding next-generation materials and innovative applications.

Environment-friendliness, internationalization and lean thinking are three basic driving forces behind its growth, as explained in our interview by Nicola Franceschi, CEO and founding partner of Ares Line e di Fonology, and creator of Contract Design Network.

Which are the main steps in the increasing growing of Ares Line?

“In 2017 we celebrated our 30 years and, together with my partner Roberto Zuccato, I can proudly say that, starting from scratch, we are now a top-level organization!
In short, four major milestones:
In 1995, when we realized that the chair was underestimated in workplaces, together with the designer Giovanni Baccolini, we expanded our supply to seating systems for universities, auditorium, conference rooms and theaters. This choice led to the success of our brand worldwide.
At the same time we were the first manufacturers of office chairs in Italy to certify the company (standard ISO 9001).
The collaboration with Pininfarina, in 2002, led to the creation of several successful models, among them Xten chair, the chair system for auditorium Premier and the cool waiting sofa PF3.
Finally, Contract Design Network (CDN) was established in 2011, it is a network of companies that work together, to combine their research in order to offer ergonomic environments and cutting-edge design.

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At first seating comfort, now environmental comfort…Being a manufacturer of chair, why did Ares Line extend its applications to the field of acoustics? 

Seating systems for community have always been an integral part of an acoustic project, and we aimed to the supply of an increasingly complete and qualified service, so we have now Fonology, a division specifically dealing with architectural acoustics and with a new design approach based on several materials. Our team is steadily looking for innovative and refined acoustic materials.

Which iconic products are representative of Ares Line identity to the fullest? 

Xten Chair is our iconic product by definition.
However, the best-seller is the desk system Omnia with the following new model named Evolution, both designed by Giovanni Baccolini.
Finally, Papillon, acknowledged as the best folding chair for theaters with several attempts to imitate the product.

 

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1, Xten Chair by Pininfarina for Ares Line.
2, Evolution desk system by Ares Line and acoustic panels Listen by Fonology at Auditorium della Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome.
3, 4 Different fit out equipped with Evolution in the multimedia rooms of Future Learning Space: UPO Campus Perrone in Novara.


5, Papillon Chair inside the multifunction hall Crosà Neira
6, Rossini arm chair: customized solution for Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
7, Customized chairs inside the concert hall of Carmen Würth Forum designed by Chipperfield.
8, Customized solution at BNP Paribas in Luxembourg.

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Smart design for Arcadis offices in Milan.

Implement the smart working approach and create more synergy in the working team through a smart design: that was the brief given to D2U to design the Arcadis offices in Milan. Furniture, materials and colours were chosen to improve an ergonomic approach, sound absorption and to create a comfortable and, at the same time, flexible environment.

The 1.500 sqm workplace chosen by Arcadis to join all the company’s offices in the same place, as the Managing Director Roberto Talotta says, represented the opportunity to “create more and more synergy within the working team and to efficiently implement group guidelines on smart working approach”. The architect Jacopo della Fontana has led the D2U architect team along with the Arcadis Project Manager Alberto Spacone.

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The project has been conceived with two big naves, accessible by both the two floors, connected by open stairs and separated in the centre with a mezzanine. The offices are divided into activity areas, separated by big conference tables and individual and private workstations, allowing, however, the required flexibility to embrace the possible company’s future needs and changes.

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These space, along with the reception area and the internal coffee bar, contributes to create a good balance of individual, teamworking and private spaces, in order to allow the workers to find the perfect setting for each daily need.

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As Jacopo della Fontana says, “working alongside with the client has allowed us to implement the brief with a creative approach, respecting schedules and costs constraints”, focusing on materials, colors and furniture, in order to create a communicative environment, where all the material, sound absorption and ergonomic parameters are thoroughly respected.
The furniture is most of all designed by the Dutch company Ahrend, with the adding of some other pieces as the moquette Interface.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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The joy of a colored easy comfort.

New ways of working require increased flexibility, simplicity and ease in office furniture, for the times when workplaces were occupied permanently are long gone. Nomadic workers move a lot and are often on the road – and when they do come to the office, then it is at meetings, workshops and maybe even briefly at a workplace that happens to be free. This calls for a simple, comfortable and versatile chair. And Sedus se:joy, designed by Martin Ballendat is the answer.

“I was intrigued by the task of designing a competent and ergonomic net covering of a shell – instead of the conventional thick circumferential frame – with a futuristic support structure reduced to a minimum, which is fine, sensual and intelligent.” explains the designer Martin Ballendat.

Se:joy is a dynamic and fresh chair that boasts many features. The harmonious lines and adesign inspired by nature stand out. The delicate yet durable supporting structures reflect an independent character, which not only complements sophisticated surroundings. adds an inspiring, refreshing touch to any kind of office environment.

The one-piece supporting structure enables optimum pressure distribution along the spine without having to make any adjustments. The sophisticated construction adapts automatically to each user, regardless of shape or size.
The finely balanced swing mechanism (seat tilt 4° forward /7° behind) supports the user’s movements and depending on the situation enables a dynamic or relaxed sittingposition.
Innovative fabric structures in the seat and backrest provide a supportive seat as well as an adaptable backrest, which will not stretch over time. Sedus se:joy combines long-term seating and product quality.
The elegant adjustment lever on the underside can be used to adjust the seat height between 390 mm to 510 mm.
Fresh colour combinations for the mesh cover (six colours) and carcass (black and light grey) are available.

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Desk systems: is a really groundbreaking desk possible?

Can a product design make a desk “groundbreaking”? While I’m asking myself that question, the video, posted by Curioctopus, about the desk of the future enabling us to perform any task by using very simple intuitive gestures is raging on Facebook. But maybe that’s not the only possible way to breathe new life into a furniture unit, that still remains the archetype of the office.

The video picture of the lively and interactive worktop by Curioctopus is the opposite of the emptying out shown in that “Evolution of the Desk posted a couple of years ago.
In the hybrid domain of the Workplace 3.0, the desk should still be an analogue unit made for comfort or should it turn into a digital object?

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The first outlook, generated by Internet of Things, refers to an intangible desk, to a smart and interactive technological tool, provided with information systems, where what matters is software design rather than industrial design.
The second concept means a tangible furniture unit, increasingly pleasant and versatile.
A comfortable, ergonomic, equipped, customized piece of furnishing … maybe inspired by the San Girolamo’s Studio painted by Antonello da Messina …

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The distintive features are fittings that become an integral part of the system and the perceptive and design components, in particular colours, finishes and materials. Last but not least, the functional performance: customisation, both aesthetic and anthropometric; sit-stand, easy wire management and installation, versatility and disposition to fit different requirements and jobs and space organization.

WOW selected some of the more innovative desk systems launched at Workplace 3.0 and during Milano Design Week.

 

Estel, I Pianeti – Evolution.
A versatile and integrated desk system that allows to create different and extremely customized configurations for the workplace. From the single desk to the 3 or 4 cluster stations, available with sit-stand with height adjustment devices harmoniously inserted inside the wooden frame. The range of accessories also includes Lockers that houses personal boxes and Chairboxes that accompany the user moving in the different working areas.

Fantoni, Woods, design by Metrica.
The key feature of the design is the use of solid beech or oak wood that gives a natural mood to the system. It includes large executive and meeting tables, fixed office desks and sit-stand workstations.The sloped design of the leg gives the table a simple yet sophisticated look, comprising two telescopic cylindrical elements, one of which is in wood. Inside it is an electronic mechanism that effortlessly adjusts the height of the table top.The table’s electrical connections are hidden under the top, while the modesty panel can be fitted with storage accessories and with a USB socket for recharging electronic devices.

Herman Miller, Atlas Office Landscape, design by Tim Wallace.
A work system which brings together height-adjustability and collaborative working in one elegant solution. The ‘no beam’ structure, frees the workspace from clutter so people can sit or stand in comfort, adapting postures to their activities. The desk system includes sit-stand height-adjustable desks, screens, tables and storage elements to create a whole office environment. “To me the problem wasn’t in creating a single desk, there are plenty of examples of those- the designer explains-The real challenge comes when that single desk needs to be multiplied and then fitted into a space. I saw the opportunity for a system that really benefitted the working environment, both today and in the future.”

MDF Italia, 20.venti, design 967.
The technical challenge starts from the use of a slender frame generated by a 20×20 profile. The collection includes both individual tables and double workstations, which can be aggregated, and a wide selection of screens and accessories. An intentionally iconic system that renounces unidentifiable stylistic solutions.

io.T (intelligence of Tecno), design studio Gtp and other partners.
io.T is a smart system of connected furnishings with the capacity for integration with IT systems, devices and hubs, designed to offer information and real time solution to owners and managers of smart buildings and end users. A project combining the tangible, analogue world with the intangible world of digital through a smart furnishing system designed to improve the well-being of the end user. The missing link that transforms users into recognized people.
Tecno picks up on studio Gtp’s intuition and creates a working team of experts such as TIM, STMicroelectronics, Digitronica.it, Ilevia, InfoSolution and Videoworks who have worked for the past two years on developing and optimizing the io.T furnishing system.

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Furnishings for task area at Orgatec..

The desk systems launched at Orgatec 2016 allow to bring people together around a table or separate them with small screens; they are ergonomic and very often height-adjustable for sit-stand work.
The storage systems become interior design elements: useful modular dividers in open plan offices. High customization and space saving are the common elements to the desking and storage system selected by WOW!

Sedus, Grand Slam + se-Wall.
Clever combinations of desks, storage system, screens and transparent elements, to create a functional storage and working area in open-plan landscapes. The multifunctional elements can be configured as required with a wide range of flexible options, which can also be expanded into corporate communication areas.

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Estel, I Pianeti.
This desking system removes the classical rigidity of the office. It is constructed along a horizontal along a central point of sequenced containers that supports cabling functions for the desks, interspersed with sound-absorbing wall partitions.

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Unifor, Teamer, design by Michele De Lucchi + Cases, design by Jean Nouvel.
Configuration of four facing workstations with ends fixed and designed to accommodate brief informal meetings. It is supported by a central steel column that taper down from below the table to the base plate fixed below the raised flooring. A freely composed group of Cases modular containers and open storage elements in natural wood provides the workstations with filing and storage space.

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Haworth, Be_Hold.
A storage system to support different work styles – from highly collaborative to focused – while leveraging design elements(perforated metal, colors, fabric element, lockers, sliding cabinets…) create functional workspaces with an individual personality.

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Vitra, Cyl, design by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
The Cyl system encompasses a variety of different sized tables. Solid wood emphasises the clean lines of the system with its smooth planes, structural frame and cylindrical elements. As an intentionally ‘analogue’ system, Cyl dispenses with integrated power solutions. “It was originally conceived for the home… I think the simplicity of Cyl responds to a demand for clarity and fosters a welcoming atmosphere in the office world”, explains Ronan Bouroullec.

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Sinetica, Stay, design by Paolo Mantero + Use Me.
A complete abacus of modular surfaces with nicely rounded shapes to create endless compositions, stand alone   or integrated, with cabinets and libraries  from the Use Me collection. The table in all its functions and forms, from the operative office to managerial, from the meeting room to collaborative environments. Wood and fabric suggest residential and contract situations.

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Ersa, Edge, design by Claudio Bellini.
In addition to the different leg design, the metal construction of the system and the recyclable felt-covered partitions also make the system stand apart with its style, function and acoustic capabilities. It can be fitted with cabling, planters and lighting.

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True, Wing, design Parisotto + Formenton.
The table was born for workspaces, but is also suitable for home-office and residential. The light structure, is inspired by the work tables stands, the top has rounded “soap bar” shapes.

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Vitra, CDS, design by Antonio Citterio.
A desk system with an industrial aesthetic. it is available in a variety of configurations and models, including the sit-stand one. Structural sophistication and logistical efficiency are the plus.

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Kokuyo, Rolling Workspace, design by Nendo.
.Circular whiteboards can be freely rolled around in the workplace and leaned against the wall. Desks, benches, and high counters that match these circular whiteboards were also designed with slits cut into them, enabling combinations with large and small boards.

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From a father-like to a mother-like company model .

The final Jelly Session of the WOW! Agile Working Island has inspired new questions about the need of an anthropological approach to the new ways of working: while the line between home and working environment is becoming more and more dense and blurred, the smart working model is realised through the design, as an instrument capable to introduce the worker in the new system.

The 2nd edition of the WOW! Agile Working Island has left many insights about the designing of the new working spaces, focused on wellbeing, flexibility and dynamism. Although these key concepts have been widely discussed, it is useful to analyse them through another point of view, an anthropological one, starting from the latest experiences discussed during the event.

1. From a controlling father-like to a mother-like model of the company.
The office space is no longer the stiff and sever place it used to be, image of the inflexible look of a father, but it’s a more like mother’s womb environment, welcoming, home feeling oriented and capable of cuddling his employees. The new spaces, like in between areas, nursery, break areas, and the attention paid to the effects of the noise, stress and a pour environment over the workers, and so on, show how the office is becoming a nice place to live. That’s because the paradigm has changed: beauty is wellbeing and wellbeing is productivity.
The best example of the mother-like company is the “cuddling environment” of Mattel in Milan, a space designed to challenge the classical conception of the working place towards something we can call “ the school of wellbeing”.
The company is a kind of an “adoptive family”, not only focused on the wellbeing of the employees, but also on how to teach them the way to properly take care of themselves: a part from the Green Project, we have already talked about, Mattel implemented a monthly plan with several services thought for his employees such as free osteopathic treatments, the presence of a psychologist or the blood test through the blood donation directly organised in the workplace, in addition to a free at-the-desk breakfast the first day of the month, fresh apples at the reception every day and subsidies for extra office services like medical check-ups or bus tickets.

2. A cultural perspective: peculiar deviations form the standard smart working model.
If “Design and Smart Working are about culture” as Andrè Straja underlined during the Jelly Session, the peculiar situation of Italy, where concepts such as flexibility, ergonomics and work-life balance, are perceived as new ones, has not to be considered totally in a negative way, but like a fertile and fruitful chance to “re-model the model”.
The indian Discovery Centre designed by Giulio Ceppi (TotalTool) is an example of retail shop where the made-in-italy is not just about the object and the product design, but also about a way of thinking based on always considering the context where the idea has to be applied as the main point of the project.
If the design is a cultural expression and we can’t overlook the cultural aspects, we can’t just adopted directly and entirely the models coming from Cupertino.
That was the insight that drove the project of the Digital Entity’s office in Milan, a space with an essential and clean design, as NTTdata wanted it very similar to the essential Japanese concept of working.
And, as Rossella Destefani reported us, this choice was perceived as a plus by their customers since “they don’t buy just the product, but also the Japanese reliability”.
That’s why design is not a neutral and ephemeral element, but the main instrument of the smart working change, a lived expression of the company management and of the new ways of working.

3. From the corporate to the body: how it is possible to create a group identity in the “flexibility era”.
Smart working is about trust and about educating to the trust. But how can a company teach trust and create a group identity at the same time? Through design.
Design is not just about making the office a nice place, but it has a deep influence and an educational power over the workers’ body  and therefore over the worker himself: flexible spaces and adjustable height desks force the work to be more dynamic; in between spaces, graffiti, and kitchenette create a new way of living the space and through a more informal space, blurring the line between the outer space and the office space, between the time in and the time out, enhancing the undefined working continuum given by the new technologies; meanwhile the open space model lets the company to be perceived as more transparent and horizontal in his hierarchy.
Design is also essential to make the workers perceive the brand identity and values, as we have already underlined for example talking about the new Star’s headquarters.
Another example, that was we have analysed in the final Jelly Session of the WOW! Agile Working Island is Technogym Village in Cesena (Italy). Here the leader company’s motto “we promote wellness in everything we do” is reflected throughout a space created to make the employees fitter: free use of gym machines  and of a jogging track before or after the working time, a selected and healthy food served in a “wellness restaurant”, the use of the wellness balls as chairs and writings at the side of the elevators that encourage the use of the stairs.
Text by Gabriele Masi.
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1, 2 Wellness Campus Technogym, Antonio Citterio e Patricia Viel & Partners, Cesena (Italy).
3, Wellness Room, Mattel Italia’s offices, Milan (Italy).
4, UniCredit International Centre, SGS Architetti Associati and Studio Scagliotti, Sofia (Bulgaria).
5, Star’s Headquarters, Il Prisma, Milan. (Italy).
6, Digital Entity’s offices, deamicisarchitetti, Milano.
7, 8 Discovery Centre, TotalTool, Bhartiya (India).

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Desktop Charger: the ergonomic power strip for the tablet.

Desktop Charger by BTicino is a safe and ergonomic power strip which assures a comfortable use of the tablet also during the charging phase in your home-office or in any other environment. It can recharge up to three different devices at the same time.

A Christmas present for anyone is facing everyday working life with limited battery life devices. The Desktop Charger by BTicino is a power strip for charging tablet and electrical devices that provides an ergonomic position during use.
Thanks to its special feature with an inclination close to 90 ° to the surface that allows you to place the tablet in portrait or landscape, the design BTicino,  along with the choice of materials scratch resistant, guarantees a safe and ergonomic use of the tablet even during the charging phase.
Provided with two jacks P30 for supplying power voltage and three 2.1 outcomes to USB connectors, able to recharge simultaneously 3 devices.
Available on large-scale retail channel at the suggested retail price of 19,90 euro.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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Cushions by Ares Line at Teatro Olimpico.

Ares Line has made and donated new ergonomic, red velvet cushions for 400 seats at the famous Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, designed by Andrea Palladio. The company’s president Roberto Zuccato points out that it is a gesture of civil responsibility, “a company builds its success in the world also thanks to its relationship with culture and the attractive features of a territory”.

One of the limitations of the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, highlighted by the vice-mayor of Vicenza, Jacopo Bulgarini dElci at the press conference presenting the project, was the uncomfortable seating that audiences had sat on up to now. Ares Line decided to solve this problem, becoming a player of a cultural patronage that has an essential role today in preserving a heritage that “encompasses values of excellence that not only belong to this city but also to the whole world”.
“The seats at the Teatro Olimpico, specifically created by our R&D department, have been made using the best products available on the market”, explains Nicola Franceschi, CEO of Ares Line. “Ares Line supplied the seating for the main hall of the Teatro Comunale in Vicenza so the city has already been our natural showroom for some time. By donating the new seats to the Teatro Olimpico we have begun a path that sees companies and institutions joining force to promote our cultural heritage and, in this case, we are helping the Municipality to preserve one of the artistic wonders of Vicenza in the best possible way”.
Proud of the project, the president of Ares Line Roberto Zuccato adds, “Our company is a protagonist and ambassador of new products because we invest in innovative human capital with top-level skills and especially because of our strong tie with culture and the territory, which we express in our products and through wide-ranging partnerships”.
The overall contribution by Ares Line amounts to a sum of about 30,000 euros. The numbered, ergonomic dark red velvet cushions will be put into place in time for the Galà destate on 21 June.
Text by Gabriele Masi

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Lessthan5: change colour with an app.

Coalesse introduced at Salone del Mobile 2015 the new Lessthan5_MY (<5_MY) chair by Michael Young. Made entirely of carbon fiber, the <5_MY chair combines materiality with technology in a new frontier of the custom-design.

Made by an unique material, allowing an array of colors and bespoke surface applications, Lessthen5_MY weights less than 2.3kg (5lb) and can support up to 136kg (300lb).
The ultimate craftmanshift allows for endless customizations. The <5_MY App presents the chair in the 5 base colors and then allows the user to customize the colors and the shadowing on the legs by choosing the exact desired nuance out of the complete existing color pallet. The app allows even to take a picture of your favorite clothe, landscape, shadow of your eyes and use that exact color to be applied to the chair. And with one click the design created by the user is sent to Coalesse for quote and realization of your very own and unique <5_MY.
As Michael Young states: “The chair’s structure and form was developed as a result of working with a factory that is known for exceptional high performance bicycles. This technology is ideal for the development of an exceedingly lightweight stacking chair. We wanted to design a carbon fiber chair that is truly functional and ergonomic.
“When we started the process we decided that we didn’t just want to make a carbon fiber chair and we didn’t want to make a gallery piece, we wanted to make a real, industrialized solution”, John Hamilton, director of global design at Coalesse said. “We wanted to explore the boundaries of using cutting edge technology and materials to redefine craft in the new age of global manufacturing.”
“Our design and engineering came together to express something very efficient, optimized, and smart through an amazing new material and process”, concludes John Hamilton. “Working with world class design talent and the world’s best carbon fiber craftsmen, we created a solution of lasting value that completely changes how you think about this type of chair.”
Text by Gabriele Masi.

 

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The design of the options.

“The nowadays more effective shape of smartworking is the one inspired by the way creatives organize themselves and the spaces they work in.
The designer is not an ego anymore, but a design of the spaces allowing the users to customize them, according to their work-rhythm. We must add to the x, y, z dimensions we are used to consider, another size: the dimension of time”.

With this words Francesco Zurlo, member of ADI’s selection committee and professor at Politecnico of Milan, opened the round table “Agility and Wellness” of the WOW! Island Agile Working at Cozzi swimmingpool of Milan, the last 23rd March.
Office design is been always conceived on a functionalist paradigm, based on the standardization of ergonomic and safety aspects.
The developing of smartworking and agile working has changed the way of relating with the space.
“We have to find new solutions designed both for the needs of the company and of the workers”, says the professor, “I call it “Design of the options”, imagining that who has options has also freedom. So, I believe that the wellness in a working environment depends on the options this space can give to its users, in terms of usability, relationships and work semplification. When I give options, I give also trust.
The question is: how can I design patterns that help the company to communicate trust to workers through the environment?”.
“Nowadays design is going through a metamorphosis”, professor Zurlo concludes “ in the new concept of working, the desing will play a key role only if it will be able to focus on the new dimensions of trust and rhythm”.
The desk, as the symbol of the old conception of working, is the element of the office which is changing the most. As Marco Predari of Assufficio said, companies are investing on the types of furniture that will able to overcome the stillness of a personal desk.
Design can really be a regenerating factor, the driving force for a systematic revolution. What is really changing now is the relation among the common areas in-between and offices, in strict meaning. There are more and more environments studied to encourge informal interactions. The changing will affects also the real estate sector: the rationalisation of the space makes all the structures to be thought over in the distribution of their systems and structures, following the new planning of the spaces and of the furniture.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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Personalized ergonomic height adjustment.

Temptation Twin e Attention are the desk systems by Sedus that allows different individual, ergonomic height adjustment for meeting tables and desks.

The double desk Temptation Twin by Sedus offers double the advantages.On the one hand, more efficiency; as a unit with one shared frame it allows for a wide variety of desk formations. On the other hand, it offers perfect ergonomics, as the frame leaves lots of leg room and the height of each desk can be adjusted separately. When used in conjunction with the matching desk-mounted screens, also aids concentrated individual work as well.


Temptation Twin allows different individual, ergonomic height adjustment.
Manual telescopic height adjustment 650 – 850 mm.
Recommended as an inexpensive solution if the desk is not going to be raised or lowered very often.
Simple crank height adjustment 650 – 850 mm. A couple of revolution assets the desk to the correct height quickly and easily. This system is ideal when the desk user changes frequently.
Electric height adjustment 650 – 1250 mm. This highly convenient form of individual adjustment up to standing height facilitates dynamic seating and varied working postures, something which is recommended for healthy office.

Sedus also presented Attention, a collection that combines visual lightness and great function  and offers the right solution for  any workplace environments: individual workstation, grouped together for use in small teams or as a conference table.
The desk range is available with three different base frames.
In particular the T base type comes with – or can be retrofitted with – an electric motor, allowing it to be height-adjusted easily in an instant. This can be crucial in achieving a more ergonomic office. It also offers conference table types, where, depending on type, the seat height can either be adjusted without the need for tools, or moved from sitting to standing height with the motorized height adjustment feature.

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Sitting-standing collections beyond normal specifications.

Serie P e Oberon, the “sitting-standing” collections by Kinnarps, are based  on design, Scandinavian values and craftsmanship. These collections, tgether with the glamour Hal by Materia, are equipped with manual or electric height adjustment of the desk top, within a range even beyond normal specifications.

The “standing-sitting” adjustment is the solution to equipping the workplace in a sustainable, ergonomic and future proof manner; to simplify this function Kinnarps has designed a control unit that clearly shows table height in a display and that can be programmed to better fit each user requirements. Since workplaces must satisfy a diversity of demands, the desktops are available in various shapes and formats.


Serie P is an economic system available as a standard workplace, since current findings in ergonomics should provide benefit to all members of staff. Thanks to the infinitely variable motor-driven adjustment, the desk top can be raised and lowered within a range even beyond normal specifications, the PC bracket, printer shelf and cable routing following the vertical movement automatically. A single press of a button to activate the invisible and quiet motor drive is sufficient in order to raise or lower the desktop within a range of 635 and  1280 mm.

Oberon is a collection of tables for individual work, spontaneous conversations, planned meetings; from an ergonomic perspective, it is healthy to vary between sitting and standing to get blood circulation. Shapes, underframes, materials and  colours are offered in a wide range to better fit to the environment, leading to a functional and appealing solution: desks, meeting tables, coffee and lounge tables.Desk tops are variably height adjustable from 615 to 1275 mm, with the simple press of a button. Oberon can also be equipped with manually adjustable legs; a crank is used to raise and lower the tabletop, with a range from 600 to 820 mm.

Hal by Materia. Recently, Materia, a Kinnarps Group brand, presented at last Stockholm Furniture Fair the Hal Collection designed by Carl Öjerstam: it may not look like an adjustable table ( especially the three-legs version) but it is one of the very best. The design is suitable for spontaneous meetings, its smart solution making it possible to possess an eloquent design without sacrificing the table’s stability.

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Luxy: Prima and Contemporanea, chairs.

Another example of a shared stand at Orgatec 2014 (Hall 9.1 -C11) where in IVM’S space, Luxy presents to the European market its latest product in contemporary with Interieur Biennale in Kortrijk; two “cross-chairs” families focused on ergonomic comfort: Prima and Contemporanea.

Contemporanea, design by Stefano Getzel, is a range of seating suitable for offices, home, meeting and waiting areas, open spaces, shops, restaurants or bars.
It is produced in polypropylene: embossed on the front to increase comfort and polished on the back. The peculiarity of this chair is the hooking system for an easier assembling.
Prima is a project in cooperation between Luxy and Favaretto & Partners, composed of multi-ply beech and oak wood in two pieces such as seat and backrest. The peculiarity of this chair is surely the amazing comfort of the backrest, that embracing the body of the consumer.

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Acoustic Intelligence: Smarter Customer Interaction.

In today’s Contact Center, the calls are more complex, making each and every communication between the customer and the customer interactions associate crucial as it can either strengthen or weaken an organization’s brand: companies become “customer-centric”. To create positive customer experiences and a collaborative way of working, Plantronics designed new solutions focused on a Smarter Customer Interaction.

To Enable Smarter Customer Interactions, Plantronics created the new headset series EncorePro 500, specifically designed to create positive customer experiences.
“With the rise of social media, smartphones and self-service, customer interactions are now in the public domain. Engaged and prepared customer interaction associates are vital to making every dialogue matter and end in a positive resolution,” said Philip Vanhoutte, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Europe & Africa, Plantronics. “With our new portfolio, organizations will immediately see the value of Plantronics professional audio instruments and their acoustic intelligence, which enables operations to be more effective, not to mention creating a positive experience for both the customer interactions associate and the customer.”

The Plantronics EncorePro® 500 headset series ushers in a new generation of ergonomic headsets for customer interactions that deliver greater comfort for all-day wearing, superior noise cancelling for clearer calls, and increased reliability to help manage costs. In addition, the company announced their next-generation USB audio processors for Plantronics headsets that allows for a more complete audio experience by providing contextual information that contact centre managers can leverage to improve their customer interactions operations.
The family includes dedicated over-the-head (EncorePro 510 and 520), over-the-ear (EncorePro 530) and convertible models (EncorePro 540), the latter unique in its simple design and high-performance audio no matter what the preferred wearing style. All models support wideband audio.

 

Mattel Italia, space and projects for work-life balance.

A “green” office, pleasant workplaces and projects  for individual and organizational wellness: an effective and productive corporate project to take as one’s model.

The new offices of Mattel Italia in Milan, at the MAC 567 complex designed by Sauerbruch & Hutton, are low impact and offer pleasant and stimulating working space. The physical space is an integral part of a wider project of Organizational Wellness. Objective data on participation and absenteeism show that this is the right track to follow.
The privilege of working in the first building in Italy certified BREEAM isn’t the only advantage for the employees at Mattel Italia, who spend their working day inside bright, ergonomic and dynamic rooms and, to add to wellbeing, there is even a “Wellness Room” with soft music and relax machines, a “Play Room” and a “Break area” equipped with free water and coffee dispensers .


Space quality is one of the elements within the well-organized programme “Mattel per Te” , that also provides for a “Wellness Training”, meetings with experts to learn how to improve our quality of life.
“The projects started as from 2012 are meant to meet our employees’ needs: to recover the balance between professional and private life, and reduce stress at the workplace – states Annalisa Sala, Human Resource Manager at Mattel Italia. – We are convinced that these projects may reward the daily dedication of our staff, improve their performance and help to make Mattel one of the best companies in the world where to work , as recognized by the magazine Fortune also this year for the fifth time in a row”.
“This philosophy underlies  “Mattel per Te”- explains Paolo Davoglio, Office & Facilities Supervisor at Mattel Italia– an integrated programme of  organizational wellness supplying  practical solutions, immediate and tangible; conceived and developed in Italy, it has already become a reference model for Mattel branches in other countries”.

La Chance, Earhart Bench, design Luca Nichetto.

Seating: confort for in-between areas.

Office and contract chairs is a lively sector with always interesting surprises in store for us, in the field both of multitasking chairs – where technology and new planning approaches offer increasingly userfriendly and comfortable solutions – and the community and lounge sector featuring a new and top-level design. The role of materials becomes increasingly important.

WOW! meets Studio 7.5

1 La Chance, Earhart Bench, design by Luca Nichetto.

The inspiration was to create an object that would establish a connection among those using it, a sort of small urban living room: this is where the idea of having two backrests originated from. Thus people can sit and still face each other.

2 Modus, Library, design by Michael Sodeau.

It is a high back, compact and enveloping sofa that offers a degree of privacy and an element of noise reduction.  It is ideal for break out spaces, hotel lobbies and offices. It is available in a wide range of fabrics and leathers.

3 De Padova, Deck, design by Luca Nichetto.

The great ocean liners of the past had long promenades that overlooked the sea. These decks, as well as the seats that were placed along them, were made of boat building wood, which is resistant to moisture, salt and adverse weather conditions.

4 Herman Miller, Sedia Mirra 2 design by Studio 7.5.

The quartet Burkhard Schmitz, Carola Zwick, Claudia Plikat, and Roland Zwick upgraded Mirra with  Breathability, an intelligent support structure (Butterfly Back) and Harmonic Tilt, the new tilt is even more in sync with the body’s motions.

5 Nowy Styl, Hexa, design by Przemysław Stopa.

Modular high back sofa; it is possible to assembling it with different colors.

6 Ares Line, Privèe, design by Progetto CMR.

Sofa an tables collection; furniture becomes architecture to answer to privacy needs in open space offices.

Segis, Mono-Twin, sofa lounge, Bartoli Design.

This armchair and sofa with a high privacy back is designed as a teardrop shape in plan and is deeper at the center, thus allowing for different configurations: such as circular arrangements or back to back compositions that create a chain of elements. The backrest is characterized by a unique stitching technique, that is a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic quilted look. Mono-Twin is accompanied by Kick, a small, movable oval table

Vitra, Physix, sedia da ufficio, design by Alberto Meda.

With its combination of a flexible plastic frame, elastic knitted fabric and an integrated synchronizing mechanism, Physix explores the possibilities of dynamic sitting. Like the Aluminium Chair, the construction of Physix is based on the idea of creating a continuous textile seat and back, held between two parallel profiles.

Tma, Smooth lounge system, Orlandini Design.

Modular upholstered seating system for public areas with high back that protects privacy; micro-environments to work, discuss or rest.

10 La Cividina, Osaka sofa, design by Pierre Paulin.

The Cividina celebrates the famous French designer Pierre Paulin with a faithful remake of the Osaka sofa designed in 1970.

11 Håg Capisco Puls, design by Peter Opsvik.(Inside Norway, hall8).

The new edition of the icon design chair ergonomical office seating.

12 GandiaBlascoTextile, design by Ana Llobet.

A project inspired by fashion, the concepts and techniques of textile are applied to the world of furniture. The union of the pieces that form the collection is obtained through a technique that simulates the sewing of garments.

13 Casamania, armchair Raphia, design by LucidiPevere.

The perfect convergence of modernity and tradition, of technology and craftsmanship. It brings together two of the spirits of production in Italy: the metal industry and the small, timehonouredmanufacturers of cane products.

14 Gaber, chair system Slot, design by Favaretto&Partners.

Innovation is given by its functional ergonomic cut on the back. Flexing the upper part of the back, the lower part automatically advances, thus supporting further the lumbar and providing comfort.

15 Zanotta, Maserati, lounge chair, design by Ludovica e Roberto Palomba.

Zanotta-Maserati lounge chair is an article that encapsulates the spirit and values that the two brands have always expressed, each in their sector – exclusiveness, sophistiand details, avant-garde design and a very high level of craftsmanship in the production. A view common to the started a joint project.

16 Alma Design, X Soft, chair collection, design by Mario Mazzer.

A flexible seating system, suitable for both domestic and contract. In this version, the inner shell is fully upholstered in fabric or leather.

17 Aduatz Chair, limited edition chair, design by Philipp Aduatz. (Austrian Design Details, at Salone dei Tessuti, Via San Gregorio 29).

Meeting point between art and design. Aduatz designs, manufactures and sells his own products, made in limited editions.

18 Walter Knoll, Lounge Chair, design EOOS. (Austrian Design Details, at Salone dei Tessuti, Via San Gregorio 29).

EOOS Sudio of Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann and Harald Gründl is inspired by poetic analysis, rituals, myths and insights.

19 Expormim, Tina armchair and bench, design by Benedetta Tagliabue.

Rattan, like wood, has allowed the creation of handcrafted and unique works that will remain alive for a long time. With an important technical complexity, Tina has been a challenge both in its development and manufacturing.

Segis, Mono-Twin, lounge armchair and sofa, Bartoli Design.

Design Week 2013: seating.

Office and contract chairs is a lively sector with always interesting surprises in store for us, in the field both of multitasking chairs – where technology and new planning approaches offer increasingly userfriendly and comfortable solutions – and the community and lounge sector featuring a new and top-level design. The role of materials becomes increasingly important.

1 Segis, Mono-Twin, sofa lounge, Bartoli Design.

This armchair and sofa with a high privacy back is designed as a teardrop shape in plan and is deeper at the center, thus allowing for different configurations: such as circular arrangements or back to back compositions that create a chain of elements. The backrest is characterized by a unique stitching technique, that is a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic quilted look. Mono-Twin is accompanied by Kick, a small, movable oval table

2 Vitra, Physix, sedia da ufficio, design by Alberto Meda.

With its combination of a flexible plastic frame, elastic knitted fabric and an integrated synchronizing mechanism, Physix explores the possibilities of dynamic sitting. Like the Aluminium Chair, the construction of Physix is based on the idea of creating a continuous textile seat and back, held between two parallel profiles.

3Tma, Smooth lounge system, Orlandini Design.

Modular upholstered seating system for public areas with high back that protects privacy; micro-environments to work, discuss or rest.

4 La Cividina, Osaka sofa, design by Pierre Paulin.

The Cividina celebrates the famous French designer Pierre Paulin with a faithful remake of the Osaka sofa designed in 1970.

5 Håg Capisco Puls, design by Peter Opsvik.(Inside Norway, hall8).

The new edition of the icon design chair ergonomical office seating.

6 GandiaBlasco, Textile, design by Ana Llobet.

A project inspired by fashion, the concepts and techniques of textile are applied to the world of furniture. The union of the pieces that form the collection is obtained through a technique that simulates the sewing of garments.

7 Casamania, armchair Raphia, design by LucidiPevere.

The perfect convergence of modernity and tradition, of technology and craftsmanship. It brings together two of the spirits of production in Italy: the metal industry and the small, timehonouredmanufacturers of cane products.

8 Gaber, chair system Slot, design by Favaretto&Partners.

Innovation is given by its functional ergonomic cut on the back. Flexing the upper part of the back, the lower part automatically advances, thus supporting further the lumbar and providing comfort.

9 Zanotta, Maserati, lounge chair, design by Ludovica e Roberto Palomba.

Zanotta-Maserati lounge chair is an article that encapsulates the spirit and values that the two brands have always expressed, each in their sector – exclusiveness, sophistiand details, avant-garde design and a very high level of craftsmanship in the production. A view common to the started a joint project.

10 Alma Design, X Soft, chair collection, design by Mario Mazzer.

A flexible seating system, suitable for both domestic and contract. In this version, the inner shell is fully upholstered in fabric or leather.

11 Aduatz Chair, limited edition chair, design by Philipp Aduatz. (Austrian Design Details, at Salone dei Tessuti, Via San Gregorio 29).

Meeting point between art and design. Aduatz designs, manufactures and sells his own products, made in limited editions.

12 Walter Knoll, Lounge Chair, design EOOS. (Austrian Design Details, at Salone dei Tessuti, Via San Gregorio 29).

EOOS Sudio of Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann and Harald Gründl is inspired by poetic analysis, rituals, myths and insights.

13 Expormim, Tina armchair and bench, design by Benedetta Tagliabue.

Rattan, like wood, has allowed the creation of handcrafted and unique works that will remain alive for a long time. With an important technical complexity, Tina has been a challenge both in its development and manufacturing.