After a eight-year absence, Kinnarps, the largest European manufacturer of workspace solutions returns to Orgatec in style under the motto Open for Change.
The stand was the perfect synthesis of a holistic vision of the workplace, made of diversified and customized solutions linked by two key elements for workplaces aimed at wellness and productivity: sustainability and ergonomics.
“Open for…”: the stand at # orgatec2018 was not just a products display, but offered a landscape developed for future office solutions: 7 different worksettings to highlight the total openness to change and the Kinnarps’s ability to respond to various ways of working, thanks to the wide portfolio of products of the Kinnarps Group brands : Drabert, Kinnarps, MartinStoll, Materia, Skandiform and NC Nordic Care, a strong brand of Scandinavian wooden furniture design, presented for the first time in Germany.
“As we all know this is an important topic since the workspaces of today are changing as we speak. With digitalization and demographic trends, affecting how we work and interact”, says Robert Petersson CEO of Kinnarps Group. “We know that in pace with technological development, our customers have been faced with many challenges, and there is a great need for innovative and functional solutions that support the new way of working”.
That is why Kinnarps has created Next Office®. A results-oriented concept that has its starting point in each individual operation’s needs and in which, the employees are key. It is based on extensive research with customers, organisational developers and futures analysts.
“Next Office is a concept providing guidelines and tools for a comprehensive and sustainable workspace. It is the way to “your perfect office” i.e. a unique solution tailored for each company based on their activities and needs says Ann Cederwall, Global Marketing & Communications Manager at Kinnarps. “Our experience shows us that for a new office to be successful it must support the tasks performed and also promote well-being”, she continues.
Sustainability: The Better Effect Index.
Sustainability is part of Kinnarps’s DNA, an attitude confirmed by The Better Effect Index, a unique tool that gives an open and comprehensive view of the sustainability of products. So far Kinnarps has scored more than 100 of its products according to important sustainability areas.
It gives a simple answer to a complicated question: How sustainable is a product?
Wellbeing and ergonomics.
Another main topic was the positive effects of creating offices for well-being. To make sure workspaces are suitable for all employees they need to have flexible furniture and mobile solutions that easily can be adjusted to each individuals’ needs, and be adapted to different tasks. Such as height-adjustable sit-stand desks and task chairs promoting active sitting.
Products presented at Orgatec 2018.
Among the products set in the various thematic areas, we highlight two furnishing and in-between systems- Space and Fields– winners of the IF Design Award 2017 already reported by WOW! in this article.
Space, design by Stefan Brodbeck. Brodbeck.
A furniture concept based on a large number of storage modules, connected in a flexible way depending on the functionality and look you want. It enables both concentration and discussions as well as space for group and private areas.
Fields, design by Olle Gyllang (Propeller Design AB).
A range of modular product that works as a link between the traditional workplace and meeting rooms. To create shared environments, meeting areas, rooms within rooms, creative environments and spaces for concentrated work or private workplaces.
Vagabond, design by Marie Oscarsson for Materia, a brand of Kinnarps Group.
“Nomadic” furniture we talked about in this article.
Sustainable acoustic solutions.
Prim, design by Christian HallerÖd
This flexible, sustainable system consists of sound absorbent screens -standing, desk, hanging- that can be assembled in different combinations. The filling material used -Re:fill- is an environmentally-friendly mixture produced with Kinnarps own left over textiles, polyester and PET.
Seating for different activities.
Capella, design by Johan Larsvall, iDesign.
A task chair designed to keep the body in motion thanks to the innovative FreeMotion® mechanism. It provides well-balanced micro-movements in the seat and ‘active sitting’.
A multifunctional chair designed to encourage movement, perfect for learning and educational, meeting and conference environments. It comes in two sizes – Xact and Xact Start – to be used from preschool classes to staff rooms.
Pax, design by Fredrik Mattson.
It is characterised by its billowing shape to ensure maximum seating comfort in a small space. The injection-moulded plastic shell and can be ordered with or without upholstery.
NC Nordic Care, Humplan, design Eva Schildt.
A soft and rounded shaped sofa family that consists of armchair, two or three seater sofa. The wide range of fabric is removable. and a gap between the seat and the back prevents dust from gathering. The legs are available in birch, oak or as stained.