In the past year, Kinnarps has invested in its design and product development operations to meet future interior design concept and furniture design demands. The Kinnarps International Design Centre in Skillingaryd which will work with Interior Spaces, a segment making headway, is now to be officially opened.
Since the middle of the 80s, Kinnarps has worked with environments outside the traditional office workplace and today offers interior design solutions that suit receptions, lounges, meeting rooms, cafés and canteens. The Kinnarps International Design Centre in Skillingaryd is tasked with streamlining and developing the product range to fit these environments together with concepts and products for care and education segments.
"We see a trend where formal spaces are converted into more open and informal ones, which require new types of interior design solutions. More and more people are today looking for creative corners, open meeting rooms, relaxing break rooms and partitioning to create rooms within a room, and we of course have to keep in step with this development," says Per-Arne Andersson, CEO at Kinnarps AB.
Easy chairs, sofas, chairs and acoustic screens have been made in Kinnarps' production facilities in Skillingaryd for some time. Padded furniture is also important in the Interior Spaces segment, which made it only natural to locate the design centre in Skillingaryd. Design, technology, construction, development and production technology expertise is now housed under the one roof on a newly converted floor in the building and work with coming up with the interior design solutions of the future is already underway.
"Our product launch plan is an ambitious one, where we will launch five to ten new product ranges annually in the coming years. This high product launch rate of course places demands on us having a fast and efficient product development process in place. The aim is that our new design centre will function as a creative cluster and lead to an increase in in-house collaboration, shorter lead times and that we can improve our customers' working environments," says Per-Arne Andersson.
The entire centre has an activity-based interior in accordance with the Kinnarps' Next Office – Activity Based Working concept. This means that the centre has a number of inspiring, flexible working environments that support diverse activities. In addition to the centre in Skillingaryd, the Kinnarps Group has two other International Design Centres, one in Kinnarp with a focus on workstations and one in Minden that focuses in the Drabert and Martin Stoll brands.
The official opening of the Kinnarps International Design Centre in Skillingaryd coincides with the "Möbelriksdagen" that takes place at Kinnarps on 9-10 January.
For more information, please contact:
Ida Gustafsson, press contact at Kinnarps AB
On phone: +46 (0)51 53 80 572
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Kinnarps creates furniture and interior designs solutions which through traditional craftsmanship, design and total ergonomics have a positive impact on people, and this despite why, how and where we work, study and socialise.
Kinnarps is based in Sweden and was founded in 1942 by Jarl and Evy Andersson. The company has always had a strong tradition within innovative design. From the outset, it mainly manufactured furniture for instance to meet a demand from architects. Today, Kinnarps is a global interior design group which offers innovative and inspirational total solutions. With total control over the entire chain from raw materials and production to deliveries and installation, Kinnarps offers top quality products and concepts which have low impact on the environment. Kinnarps extensive product range is designed for public environments, with a focus on offices, schools, hospitals and healthcare facilities, which not only guarantees a high level of flexibility but also freedom of choice and cost efficiency for our customers. Kinnarps' product development department works in close collaboration with internationally renowned designers and the products have won a large number of design awards. The Kinnarps portfolio contains the Kinnarps, drabert and MARTINSTOLL brands. In addition, Kinnarps can also offer a large supplementary range of products, partly from the company's sister companies Materia, Skandiform and NC and partly from a number of renowned partners. Kinnarps is the largest supplier of interior design solutions in Europe and is represented insome 40 countries. The company has about 2,700 employees and its turnover in 2011/2012 totalled SEK 4.3 billion. The Group conducts progressive and in-depth work to improve the environment and complies with the leading eco-labelling demands. Kinnarps is also certified in accordance with ISO 9001 and 14001.