Orgatec 2006: hall 10

As customary, a few days following the end of the Cologne show, the Editorial office of OfficeBit presented the latest Orgatec 2006 products through the usual ‘design promenade’, which was held in the four large pavilions hosting the international production of office fittings. First episode: hall 10.

Citterio has extended its product catalogue with the Corner system, which includes desks and containers. The system is characterized by geometric shapes and lines converging and crossing one another in a functional way. It consists of boxes that can be covered with different materials on the outside and different linings on the inside, so as to create an interesting double-face effect. A range of finishes in bleached oak, wengé wood, glass, black or white lacquered wood are available for external surfaces (shelves, edges, backrests, legs, doors).

The Flora collection by Fantoni aims to demolish the image of an office based on orthogonal grids, breaking traditional geometric patterns through using clear cut sings and oblique millings, which trace intersections and perspectives. The worktop is sober and essential, and it is available in two different versions. Design and technology are beautifully mixed together, and tops, doors and metal elements are painted using epoxy powder coatings.

My Studio by Herman Miller has been designed for companies that want more than a simple open space. The solution offers in fact a specific workstation that is designed to privilege concentration. To that end, designer Douglas Ball took inspiration from the workplace atmosphere of a few decades ago in North America. The challenge was to convey the idea of a private office within a workstation measuring approximately 180×240 cm, placing the user in the middle: everything is within easy reach from the swivel chair.

The word T.O.M., Tavolo Opportunità Multiple, is the best way to describe the wide range of functions and settings of the new Pergola table system by IrenUffici. The system consists of one single operational desk, a multiple workstation, an executive desk or a table for office meetings, a low table or a snack table for public areas and a modern and elegant dinner table for the house.

‘Passive’ and ‘active’ mechanisms are the key words of the new Spina chair by Itoki. According to its setting, the passive slide seat is characterized by an active lumbar support, thus relieving neck strain and guaranteeing correct posture for a healthy back.

In order to cut a few quiet areas out of noisy and crowded areas, König + Neurath has designed Silence, a mobile screen that shuts the desk, soundproofing it and visually isolating it, turning it from a ‘workstation’ into a ‘cell for thinking’. The multi-purpose feature of this solution represents the core of the system, turning silence into an interesting innovation in the evolution of reference models for office work.

Thanks to structures characterized by slanted bases, the height of Relations desk tops by Sedus can be adjusted from 62 to 85 cm, without using any tools. The workplace is completed by a range of accessories: mobile containers, flipcharts, panels that can be used as projection surfaces and small coloured elements, which evoke stylized blades of gras, acting as a screen.

Hangar Design Group has designed the operational version of the Diamond range for Sinetica, maintaining the peculiar triangular section of the structure. This modular system guarantees several different work configurations. The screens come with a wide range of accessories, while each single station is rather small. The wires are gathered into a cantilevered tray fitted underneath.

Unifor interprets the office with a new version of the table-desk and bookshelf Less by Jean Nouvel. These furnishings are obtained through sophisticated technologies and skilled manufacturing processes. They are made entirely with polished anodised aluminium structures and they are characterized by an exclusive top with natural wood (pear) inserts, keeping the essential design features of the system unchanged.

Vitra starts from the concept whereby the only piece of furniture needed is a worktop in wireless communication and paper free offices. Philippe Starck designed the piece of furniture as an organic element, which embraces and protects. BaObab is made of polyethylene with a polyurethane worktop. The colours available are light yellow, light grey, red, aqua and light green.

Serie Aalta by Vaghi is completed by the visitor versions with or without armrests and with a 5-spoke or cantilever semi directional or directional base (whose backrest can be supplied with lumbar support and adjustable height) and the prestigious Aalta Premium, which is characterized by a padded backrest available in three heights (low, medium or tall) that is upholstered to match the seat.

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