Technology is changing the way we work
The workplace is currently going through a major transformation - from the traditional static layout with fixed personal desks to common shared spaces with different dedicated functions that can easily adjust with the changing needs of its users. The workplace is becoming a service where flexibility and agility are the lead words, and aiming for the best variation, function and well-being for everyone at the office are the core values.
The user is in focus, and paired with continuous data-driven user feedback a balanced mix of open collaborative areas and comfortable quiet focus zones are keeping the office up to date, effective and attractive - both for current and future employees. The workplace has a new flexible role and there are new ways to think about the office space and the furniture solutions that are needed to support it.
What we do
We offer creative and strategic services within the field of product design - with a specialized focus on seating and innovative furniture solutions for the new flexible workplace. Our product ideas often come to life through a small-scale and experimental research and development process initiated and executed by ourselves or in close collaboration with a dedicated client.
Our design process has always been focused on improvement and innovation. Today our product development is also driven by our curiosity for the current shift in work culture, where technology makes it possible to carry out work in many different ways and places. This creates very exciting opportunities for workplace innovation and more clever furniture solutions. Below are some examples of our successful results:
PodSeat and PodSofa offer peace and quiet for people working in noisy spaces but also suit one-on-one discussions and phone calls when you want to make sure others will not be disturbed. The "window" is one of the key features that makes these compact units feel roomy and spacious; the opening is at a comfortable height serving as an extended armrest.
The PodSeat has a swivel base which allows users to choose their focus, to either turn away for privacy or to turn towards other people for conversation. The PodSofa is a comfortable and sound-insulating seat for two and can easily create small cabin like rooms if placed opposite to each other and all units come with optional swing-out tabletop for more functionality. For larger table with more privacy for meetings we also created PodMeeting.
iBooth® is a compact enclosure designed for today’s mobile world of interactive devices, where connection is ‘everywhere’, but privacy is limited. It's intended for short stand up working or use with the companion Stackr Stool.
The unit is possible to mount on the wall in any direction, or available free standing with a steel base. The plywood shell is finished in fabrics over sound dampening foam, designed to give the user privacy while maintaining visibility to the surrounding space. iBooth® is easily placed in collaborative and common areas, connecting corridors, lobbies, and public and private spaces offering a semi-private short term work for anyone on the go.
Diagonal is an innovative combination of sofa and space divider for public indoor spaces. It was designed to meet the needs of modern offices and waiting areas demanding flexibility and privacy.
Diagonal consists of two basic elements: a padded seat and a screen at two optional heights that can be placed as desired in the diagonal grooves. Although there are only two elements, they can be combined in almost endless ways. By using as a single module or combining several of the elements, Diagonal becomes a relaxed setting for small meetings, a private corner for important phone calls or a stylish lobby landscape or waiting area.
For even more flexibility and placement along walls and narrow corridors we also created Diagonal Play which offers the system in separated seating units without the screen.
PodWork offers several options for short-term working in an activity based office. Two different versions are available: one with more closed screens in order to provide added privacy and one with more open screens for more open communication. In addition the module walls can be built into one continuous shape creating niches for both privacy and collaboration.
Table tops come in two sizes and with optional electrical height adjustment. Together with other Pod products the PodWork creates a harmonious solution for the entire office. Various upholstery materials can be used to add character to the space.
PodWork Xpress comes with the work top at standing height as standard, this to emphasise on, and communicate the temporary on-the-go ”express" use where no seat is actually needed, but optional. The bay-shaped work top was designed to appear open and inviting for the user while at the same time combining good ergonomic features.
The over-all small size combined with a worktop big enough to use with a laptop gives the PodWork Xpress unit a lot of function on a small footprint. The possibility to combine the unit with a wardrobe function gives added value and a more welcoming appeal when used in common reception and lobby areas where hospitality and flexibility are getting more important as they often are the temporary offices of visiting "working nomads".
Diagonal Play consists of four upholstered seat elements that can be placed as desired. These bench elements are ideal for corridors, and other areas where a limited amount of space is available. Each element consists of two separate parts, which can be upholstered in different fabrics. One of the parts can also be ordered slightly higher than the others enabling short term laptop work. Diagonal Play is an extension of the original Diagonal concept.
PodMeeting is a companion to the PodSeat and PodSofa with a purpose to offer a well-matched meeting place in activity based office without having to build up actual rooms. Together with PodSeat and PodSofa this option creates a flexible product family offering semi-private seating as well as a place for ad hoc meetings for up to 4 persons.
PodMeeting offers in addition to a fixed full size table and screen various accessories such as built-in electrical outlet and a very handy detachable magnetic whiteboard for scribbles and notes.
Oasis organic design derives from the fantastic shapes created in the sand on a windy day. It is as much an inspiring sculpture as an inviting functional seat. Being a multi-sided seat, seating up to 8-10 people, it becomes a natural centerpiece and meeting-point for both interaction and contemplation. Oasis can be used indoor and outdoor, either solo or in numbers to create intresting compositions for meeting-points and waiting areas.
Being made out of vacuum formed ABS plastic cap sheet over recycled utility base the bench is 100% recyclable, UV/weather proof, fire retardant and very tough against damage and heavy usage.
“From good to great: Design is ultimately about creating more value.”
We think of every product as a brand ambassador, a vessel of values
Every product has its own unique story but there are a couple of ambitions that unite all of our work regardless if we work on a project demanding high-end investments or a small-scale development: Our goal is always to utilize materials and production processes in a smart, resourceful and responsible way to get the most out of the least. We often find the challenge of limitations a great source of inspiration in our mission to innovate and increase value.
Our products should not only improve business for our clients but also simplify and boost the storytelling of their brands - and for us this is key when transforming good ideas into great, desirable, responsible and useful products. Below are some more examples of our unique results:
The story of the Dent started with the idea of trying to achieve the impossible: To mould a double-curved 3D surface out of regular veneer.
We have had many years’ experience of designing chairs using traditional plywood moulding techniques, always trying to extend the boundaries of what is possible without “cheating” by using expensive 3D veneer. With Dent we decided to be even bolder, by taking a step beyond where we had already been and also challenge the idea of what is visually acceptable for a chair. The result is anything but conventional.
Despite its rough appearance, Dent is a comfortable multi-purpose chair - and it has grown into a family of individuals with various finishes, leg bases and now also come upholstered to suit many different type of interiors.
With the Ramo table series we wanted to create an airy, strong and elegant look with great care and attention to the details.
Ramo X is the complimentary sculptural pillar base for round table tops with the same elegance and care of wood. Ramo X comes in different heights and tops in different sizes to work well in both homes, cafés, restaurants and offices.
For larger rectangular larger tabletops check out Ramo meeting table.
Metro is an elegant outdoor bench for parks and urban areas. The sides, that also makes the armrests and legs, are in solid 8 mm laser-cut sheet metal building a very strong structure yet with slender visual appearance.
Metro is mounted with anchors below ground and comes with wood seat and back treated with a very durable long-life lacquer finish developed by Lappset.
Zesty came to life as a super light and well balanced chair bringing the best out of molded plywood: With a minimum of material and a maximum of strength, comfort and style.
Zesty is assembled by 3 parts only and weighs as little as 2,9 kg (6,4 lb). It has passed the standardized EN1728 and ANSI/BIFMA strength and durability tests required for public furniture in the EU and USA.
Zesty stacks safely and effective up to 10 chairs without trolley and is available in birch, stained or lacquered versions, in walnut or European oak.
Oom is the name of the very sculpural show-case unit that can be mounted on the wall as an eye catcher to store your most precious things. Or it can be used with a leg-base and become a free-standing unit to work as both storage and room divider, meant for public as well as domestic environments.
“We had a fantastic possibility to work with storage in a new way, and since we were encouraged by Fritz Hansen to create something beyond the ordinary bookcase, it was more of a display-and-eye-catcher approach. The result is of course anything but a storage-system!"
The idea with Risto was to develop an exclusive and super comfortable but affordable chair for offices, conferencing, arenas and dining, utilizing Mitab's automated metal production line and their skillful craftmanship in upholstery. Risto is built around a slim but solid steel-tube frame with a smoothly curved molded plywood seat - and a back that has been dressed with a fitted and high-tensioned mesh for extraordinary support and comfort for longer sitting.
A big effort has been put into the design of the upholstery which comes with tailored washable velcro-attached fabric-covers for seat and back as standard.
Stackr is an elegant stool for use with the iBooth or other standing height tables, bars and work surfaces. The sleek cantilever design gives a flexible sitting experience, while also making it easy to stack or hang on table tops when not in use. The molded plywood seat is available in natural or stained wood veneers or upholstered for more comfort. Tubular steel base in white powder coat or chrome finish.
Rosenhill is an outdoor bench for parks and urban areas. The design is built on a simple and straight-forward idea of using tubular steel in a clever and constructive way using as few parts as possible.
The bench is mounted to hidden anchors under the ground and comes with a very durable wood treatment developed by Lappset.
Silenci was born from the idea to refine the classical stackable wooden chair and make it into a light, modern and competitive product with added functions and comfort.
Silenci brings together two materials in a sensational combo: Solid wood frame and a polyurethane back! The soft and flexible rubber-like back gives comfort and together with an acoustic sound absorbing cassette hidden under the seat, noise are reduced to accommodate public areas like schools, canteens, restaurants and bars. The Silenci family includes both a chair, bar stool and a table with various bases.
With the Nesso table series, we started off with the classic archetypal wooden table with corner legs and the goal of minimizing the material without sacrificing stability. We wanted to create a series of tables that expresses lightness and elegance, that with few and well thought out parts and joints is both stable and durable despite its minimalist expression.
Nesso comes in different heights and sizes and will be able to fit into almost any environment; from canteens and schools to offices and restaurants. Nesso can be easily linked together using the built-in fitting if you want to create longer tables or other fixed table formations.
Beautifully crafted with cast aluminum ends and thin profile seat in extruded aluminium, Wing is ideal as a resting place in both indoor and outdoor environments. Seat options include a faux leather, interior or exterior wood finish and indoor upholstery options. Standard lengths are 60", 72" and 84".
Wing bench is now extended to also include a backrest version, with or without armrests.
Swave is all about extreme comfort. The design takes fully advantage of what's possible when pushing plywood-molding to the limit. Because of the advanced molded back, Swave is a very ergonomic chair with good comfort and a great lumbar support.
With a thin 8 mm shell and two different stackable bases, plus the companion of a barstool in two different heights, the Swave family is both light and functional, which makes it suitable for most domestic and public spaces.
With the Ramo table series we wanted to create an airy, strong and elegant look with great care and attention to the details. The generous dimensions, soft rounded and sloped table edge is welcoming and invites to comfortable meetings and dinners.
Ramo comes in 3 standard sizes with possibility for customization of table top sizes and finishes as well as optional addition of electric grommet.
For round table tops check out Ramo X
Queen/King size bed with head board in molded plywood. Hidden storage behind bolsters and platform in beech wood slat system.
The energy-saving Induction-heated stove tops are dramatically increasing in the world, so the tools for cooking are also in for a change. One major new change with induction heat is that all pots and pans need to be made with a magnetic metal bottom in order to work and produce heat.
Magnifik is a pot-stand in durable safe grip, heat resistant silicone with 5 embedded neodymium magnets. It protects your tabletops from hot pots and pans and give a sturdy, solid and safe placement on any tabletop. It can be vertically stored on most stove-fronts or fridge-doors.
The PS Bucket lamp offers nearly endless possibilities for personalization and customization. A clear plastic bucket houses a protected bulb and the space surrounding the bulb can be filled with...almost anything. The lamp is as much of a funny gimmick to spark individual creativity as it is a contemporary design comment on the anonymization of mass production.
Originally launched in 1999 by IKEA as part of the legendary PS Collection, it was about a decade later put back into production again, celebrated as an iconic Ikea Classic product that embodies the DIY mindset on which the Ikea success story was built.