Orgatec 2010

Orgatec 2010
Feb 28, 2011

Highlights from the biennial office furniture trade show in Cologne, Germany


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Orgatec 2010_01 Nestor Santa-Cruz, IIDA, (left) a design director and senior associate at Gensler in Washington, D.C., and Tom Polucci, AIA, IISA, LEED GA, (right) senior principal, director, interior design, HOK in New York, and weigh-in on their favorite products, showrooms, and aspects of the show.
Orgatec 2010_02 “The Vitra pavilion was amazing; it’s architecture is so reflective of who they are as a manufacturer, stunning and useful design,” notes Tom Polucci.

Nestor Santa-Cruz says, “It was creative, one big idea/environment. It could have been a headquarters space somewhere in the world.”
Orgatec 2010_03 Vitra’s new Suita Club, designed by Antonio Citterio, was one of Polucci's favorite introductions.
Orgatec 2010_04 Santa-Cruz appreciates the “chameleon” quality of Vitra's Antonio Citterio-designed ID chair, which offers 8,000 combinations of seatback and arm options.
Orgatec 2010_05 Wilkhahn’s booth design made an impact on Santa-Cruz “for its classic, timeless, clean design that matches the brand.” Polucci calls the space “open and well branded.”
Orgatec 2010_06 Wilkhahn’s Chassis chair, designed by Stefan Diez, was in development for almost four years, inspired by the manufacturing process of sports cars, and constructed of sheet metal and polyproplylene using space-frame technology.

Santa-Cruz says, “Chassis is very lightweight, yet organic and very technically precise.” Polucci calls the chair "lightweight, elegant, and timeless." It can be perfect for cafeterias, team rooms, and the home.
Orgatec 2010_07 Giulio Marelli’s Stripes Lounge seating (available in the United States through Giulio Marelli’s distribution partner one furniture group) was inspiration of park benches and is composed of modules for two people, allowing for multiple configurations.

Santa-Cruz liked that Stripes "abstracts the inside/outside aspect of the park-bench idea,” and he appreciated seeing more “open landscape design for office environment, very much as expected and required in European workplace.”
Orgatec 2010_08 Bene offers the PARC phone booth, “bringing back a concept for today’s users, a place that creates acoustic privacy for mobile phone use,” notes Polucci.
Orgatec 2010_09 A favorite of mine was the lightweight yet sturdy, weather-resistant indoor/outdoor Twin stacker by Brunner, constructed of one piece of fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene. Available in two versions—with closed seating shell or with net structure—the chair sports a funky palette of citrus, petrol, apple, ruby, lava, stone, and sand.
Orgatec 2010_10 ICF’s ultra lightweight stacking chair called Stick stacks 15 high or 22 high with a special trolly. The simple structure features a sleek, slim profile, available in a chrome version or painted white, beige, grey, or black, and the elastic spring base comes in several bold colors.
Orgatec 2010_11 Swedish manufacturer Kinnarps introduced an interesting rocker stool called Limpan in an effort to make meetings more active, claiming to “create both mental and physical balance.” Mimicking the form of a rocking horse with an elliptical seat, the stool features in a simple, playful design.
Orgatec 2010_12 An absolute standout for me at the show was a  product not even in the production stage yet, but just being previewed by Humanscale. It’s the new side chair, designed by Todd Bracher, that features a super simple look but offers shocking comfort with slight back flex. It will be available only in black and white to start, with an optional seat cushion, when it's official launched later this year.
Orgatec 2010_13 Based on the same technology as its popular Leopard task chair, Okamura introduced the multipurpose office Luce, developed in collaboration with the Italian industrial design firm Giugiaro Design. The forward-tilt seat mechanism allows users to easily transition from sit to stand postures.
Orgatec 2010_14 Haworth’s Kiron desking system is a smart solution to the changing office environment. German designer Andreas Struppler's collaborated with the Haworth Design Studio to create a flexible system designed to simply adjust to users’ needs. The system accommodates needs of a single workstation, a team bench, conference setting, and even managerial private offices with a variety of table shapes and extensions, frame and tabletop colors, leg styles with manual or motor-driven height adjustment, accessories and personal storage units.