Top Picks from Orgatec
Despite the last-minute flight cancellations – resulting in an 8-hour road trip from Clerkenwell to Cologne (many thanks to our driver, Ken) – our team had a very successful Orgatec trip this year. We spent two days exploring as much as we possibly could of the huge amount of product on display; here we’ve drawn together a few of our favourite pieces from the show…
For Now Series, Halle +
The playful frame detail of the For Now series by Danish manufacturer Halle + was a definite highlight for us. Designed by Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm, who typically works with furniture and smaller objects for the home, the series also includes a coffee table and is available in a solid soaped or black stained oak finish.
Steeve is a modern seating system designed by Jean-Marie Massaud for Arper. The system is made up of three components which can be arranged in a multitude of configurations.
We visited Lapalma’s factory in Italy this summer where we were lucky enough to see first-hand how the neat and minimalist ADD system is constructed. Francesco Rota’s cleverly designed system can be shaped to fit a wide range of spaces and is available in a range of colours and materials.
We were first introduced to Ray Cantilever at the Orgatec fair in 2014; at this year’s fair we were pleased to see that the Ray family has grown to include a swivel-based option as well as the new Ray Lounge Chair. Designed by jehs+laub, the Ray chair is characterised by a sleek and seamless transition from frame to seat shell.
Chill-Out High, Tacchini
Another modular system which caught our attention was the elegant Chill-Out High, designed by Gordon Guillaumier for Tacchini. Chill-Out High’s super-high padded back can be combined with standard-height elements from the broader Chill Out Collection, creating an extremely configurable system.
Dominating the ‘Co-Work’ side of BuzziSpace’s experience-themed stand was BuzziJungle, a bright yellow lacquered steel structure offering a bold and playful solution to the conventional meeting space. But it was Alain Gilles‘s light and minimal BuzziFloat chair which really caught our attention.
Caravaggio Read Table, Lightyears
The iconic Caravaggio light series designed by Cecilie Manz has been expanded to include a simple and minimalist table lamp, available in white, light grey and black matt lacquering. Caravaggio Read features a flexible tube allowing the user to tilt the shade and direct the light.
Ginkgo, Blå Station
Blå Station’s Gingko screen is an extremely versatile sound-absorbing solution offering multiple variations, resulting in creative ‘landscapes’ for indoor spaces. The simple fan-shaped design – inspired by the leaf of the Gingko tree found in Japan – is available in a wide range of colours and is mounted on the wall with a magnetic fitting, and can therefore be moved around easily.
Vitra’s modular office table system CDS features a cleverly designed roller blind screen, which adjusts automatically as the tables are lowered or raised. Designed by Antonio Citterio, the modular system can be configured to cater to individual desks, clusters of workstations, workbenches or meeting tables.
Pacific Chair, Vitra
Barber & Osgerby‘s Pacific Chair was another highlight from the Vitra stand this year. Designed as a contemporary solution to the ‘overtly mechanised’ task chair, the Pacific Chair is aesthetically minimal whilst offering all the functions necessary for ergonomic seating.
Conference-X, Walter Knoll
Walter Knoll’s new Conference-X table system, designed by EOOS, features a cleverly designed framework that allows the table legs to be combined with the tops quickly and easily without the need for any tools. The system can be used to suit a range of workspace requirements, from individual work tables to rows of tables for training sessions and seminars.