At 100% Design, Kinnarps will showcase a raft of products, from its stable of leading brands, which have been developed by inspirational designers to encourage comfortable and collaborative working. Materia, Skandiform, MartinStoll and Drabert can be found side-by-side on stand 01 of the Office section, under parent company Kinnarps’s banner.
Visitor's to the Kinnarps’s stand will get the first glimpse of the Esencia Chair from Drabert, which launches officially in the UK in October 2013. Esencia heralds a new ‘gold standard’ for the ergonomic chair and was designed for Drabert by Daniel Figueroa. Esencia can be infinitely varied in position by simple adjustment using a single control and features the latest developments in pneumatic spring engineering.
Highlights from Materia include Mimic, which is Materia’s 2013 ‘Newcomer’ Nathalie Adenling’s first production furniture piece. It is a shape-shifting bench that maximises the qualities of its memory foam construction. Large enough for several people to sit on together, it provides each with a supportive, ergonomic seat that moulds itself according to the individual’s body weight and warmth. Fortunately, nobody need worry whether their ‘bum looks big’ on this bench, as it quickly regains its original form when you stand up, ready for the next occupant. Mimic is available in black or white, on three wooden or chromium-plated legs.
‘When I look back at my products, the ones that appear to be the simplest and most obvious are the ones that proved to be the greatest challenges. It’s often these products, too, that are closest to the original sketch. I always try to be direct in my design work, without any deviations or short cuts.’ So says designer Fredrik Mattson and this is certainly true of his Neo chair. In spite of its apparently austere design, Mattson’s chair for Materia boasts lines that are organic, without sharp edges or unnecessary additional features, making it classically easy on the eye and extremely comfortable to sit in. Neo’s armrests curve elegantly and are available in chrome, silver grey powder coating or black soft touch finish.
Materia’s Neo chairs will be showcased around its Centrum Silent Whisper Table, which has been developed to reduce noise levels and create a better acoustics environment for collaborative working. The table’s technology effectively minimises scraping and rattling noises and has been elegantly integrated into the design. Chrome finished legs and a high-pressure laminate surface also mean that the table stands up well to daily wear and cleaning, and holds on to its sleek good looks.
Skandiform’s presence at 100% Design is led by its design classic Papa chair, which is a beautiful, supremely comfortable, bentwood lounge chair. It was designed by Jonas Lindvall, (one of the most prominent and successful figures in furniture design in Sweden today), and is evocative of the great Scandinavian design innovators of the 60s. Papa is joined by diminutive newcomer Mama, which is a scaled down version suitable for smaller spaces, available in stained or unstained oak or ash, with a plain or upholstered seat.
Skandiform’s Slitz table, was designed by Mattias Ljunggren who is famous for his lightness of touch in pared-down design and whose work is on display in Sweden’s National Museum in Stockholm. The Slitz occasional table is poetic in its simplicity, with a square or circular top in birch or oak veneer or white solid laminate, supported on a chrome column and the slit base that gives it its name.
Sitter‘s Swedish architect designer, Henrik Schulz, says of Skandiform’s Sitter L - the easy chair variant - : ‘It’s a baby’s bouncy chair for adults. Sit down, curl up and sit back in a swaying petal that offers all the convenience you could want. The chair embraces you and the fabric closes around your body. This is your safe haven from hectic everyday life.’ Sitter is an upholstered easy chair with a mesh backrest, available on either a chrome or black lacquered metal frame.
More playful seating comes from Materia in the form of the Plint stool, designed by the brand’s founding design partnership of Kersti Sandin and Lars Bülow. Plint has an upholstered seat of compression moulded wood and moulded polyurethane on a base of steel tubing, finished in chrome, silver-grey or white powder coating. Plint’s 90cm width allows the user to sit as if on a conventional stool, or to straddle it, cowboy-style, making the most of Plint’s gym-horse shape. Plint has been included in the Stockholm National Museum’s modern design collection and comes in either standard or rocking frame format.
At 100% Design, Materia’s Plint tools will be shown alongside Ava, part of a table system which, thanks to its clever features such as a magnetic leg duct that helps to hide cables, won its designer, Stockholm-based Märta Friman, the award for Young Swedish Design in 2006.
Also under the Kinnarps 100% Design banner, MartinStoll is showcasing its Senor executive furniture range, which juxtaposes the modern and the traditional by combining the warmth of oak, walnut, maple or zebra wood with white lacquered surfaces, chrome and aluminium. The Senor Table has a design concept based on the relationship between lines and curves and encapsulates its designer Volker W Eysing’s view that, ‘The curve is the most exciting connection between the vertical and horizontal’. The flowing form and combination of lacquer surfaces and warm wood provide a feeling of tranquillity and clarity, to appeal to the intellect and the aesthete alike.
The Senor range also has complementary chairs on chrome or powdered-aluminium-coated frames, with upholstered seats and either all wood backs, or combinations of wood and leather or wood and breathable mesh.