Design icon, movie star, the Walter Knoll classic: FK turns 50. Designed by Danish interior architects Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm in 1967 ( the name was derived from their surnames), the FK bucket chair with its striking curved contours has had a remarkable career: from Herrenberg to Hollywood (Meryl Streep sits in an FK in “The Devil Wears Prada”), from the very first prize for “Good Design” awarded by the German Design Council in 1969 to a design icon that can be found in executive offices and living rooms, conference rooms and hotel lounges around the world. How did FK become such a timeless classic? Learn more about the FK story here.
Earlier this month, Pantone announced their 2017 Colour of the Year, and it’s looking…well…green. As opposed to the muted tones of their 2016 offering (Serenity and Rose Quartz), next year’s colour, Greenery, is bold. Describing it as ‘fresh and zesty’, Pantone said Greenery was chosen for its representation of the natural world and our growing desire to unplug and reconnect with our physical environment. Pantone feel it is a revitalising shade, symbolic of new beginnings. This is good news for workplace design as Greenery is the perfect colour to inject life into the sometimes grey landscape of the workplace.
With biophilic design and retro patterns gaining popularity recently, there are plenty of Greenery options already on offer for 2017. Interface have carpet covered with their Employ Lines (above), Human Nature, Scottish Sett, and Urban Retreat collections all sporting the Pantone 2017 Colour of the Year.
Camira has a host of fabrics for Greenery to be incorporated on task chairs, sofas and armchairs too. Their Nettle Nomad, Hebden and Landscape Contact ranges all have retro Greenery tones to choose from.
In case that still isn’t enough of the Pantone 2017 Colour of the Year, Fritz Hansen, Vitra and Herman Miller have Greenery options in some of our favourite furniture pieces, such as Series 7, Alcove Family and the Sayl Chair.
However you might like to introduce the Pantone 2017 Colour of the Year into your workplace, there are plenty of options available. Here at Corporate Workspace we just completed our own office reboot…and the main colour chosen for the new additions? Greenery, of course.
Mixology North is the north’s most prestigious award ceremony and winter ball. Mixology North was created for the dynamic and innovative interior design community by Mix Interiors magazine, the leading magazine for the UK commercial interiors market. Mixology North16, takes place tonight and we are up for Furniture Provider of the Year sponsored by Yarwood Leather. Fingers crossed!
View the full list of categories and finalists here
November 2016 marks our 15th year in business.
Following 10 years at Riverside Studios, Leeds, we’ve undertaken a reboot of our working showroom to highlight current and emerging trends in workplace design as well as showcasing some products that, quite simply, we like too much not to show! Launched at our CoWo15 Reboot event last Thursday, the new showroom can now be officially revealed. So, if you were unable to attend the event last week; this is us. Welcome to our World!
Our reception area now features a selection of leather classics from Vitra, Knoll Studio and Walter Knoll, showcasing designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen and Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm. Piero Lissoni’s luxurious Avio sofa system by Knoll Studio provides the central statement piece.
From KI, the EC4 bench system keys into the current biophilic design trend and features solid oak splayed legs and a matching laminate edge detail to give a softer and more naturalistic look. In common with other KI systems it incorporates a sturdy metal understructure with a comprehensive cable management trough. Intended as an agile work/meeting base we’ve completed the bench with CMD’s Inca power/charger unit. Inca has been designed with communal working areas and meeting rooms in mind. Four usable faces allow users easy access to power and USB charging regardless of where they are positioned around the table.
Sit-stand workstations are increasingly a requirement rather than a luxury and more systems are entering the market to suit a variety of budgets. We’re showcasing Vitra’s Tyde system by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, in our opinion one of the better back-to-back systems with its clever cable management solution and accessories.
Also from Vitra and again by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec is the Alcove Cabin. The Alcove Cabin provides a secluded space, enclosed on all sides and accessible through a single opening. It provides visual and acoustic privacy for small meetings at the table and power connections and lighting allow it to serve as a fully-fledged workspace. Alcove was the original high back sofa concept; copied many times it has sparked a small revolution in workplace meeting areas developing into the agile working ethos.
The agile working theme continues into our new breakout space with the ADD modular sofa and table and Kipu stools from lapalma. ADD’s slimline aesthetic belies its strong structure. The area is nicely screened by the Howe Spaghetti wall providing a psychological barrier that is open enough to invite you into the space and yet also provides a modicum of privacy.
Our task chair selection includes the latest ‘sitting machines’ from Herman Miller, including Mirra 2, Sayl and Embody along with the fantastic new Keyn side chair. Intelligent seating offers include Wilkhahn IN, Boss Trinetic and Nomique Axia.
Finally our Knoll Studio collection showcases designs from Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Harry Bertoia, including the rebooted and inexpensive Bertoia side chair with plastic shell for indoor or outdoor use.
If there’s anything you’d like to see just drop us a line to arrange a visit or for more details or have a look at our video on our YouTube channel.
Here’s to another 15 years!
We are delighted to announce that Corporate Workspace have been shortlisted for Furniture Provider of the Year at this year’s prestigious Mixology North16 Awards. The awards ceremony takes place in Manchester on Thursday December 8th. Fingers crossed!
See the full shortlist here.
We’re celebrating with our big showroom Reboot Event tonight. Check back soon for a full review of the evening and all the new additions to our showroom.
Roger Persson’s furniture is always beautiful and functional, with a special knack for fitting into all types of environments. The same can be said about the Happy family produced by Swedish manufacturer Swedese. Happy is a family of modern chairs with a look that’s stylish, cosy and comfy… Or should we say happy?
It’s actually a rather extended family: The range includes high and low backs, sled, 4-leg or swivel bases, a sofa, upright armchair, stacking chairs and stools! All offer subtly different looks but share the same upturned base shape that can be interpreted for a smile.
With the increasing need for furniture to be flexible, Myriad allows you to create a comfortable meeting area, private huddle space or a stunning island.
Myriad by Boss Design Group is a diverse selection of upholstered modular furniture, completely flexible and reconfigurable. The range is made up of eleven linkable seating units, three privacy screens, side tables and arms that accommodate power. According to Boss, the idea behind Myriad is that you become the designer, arranging modules to create any shape you desire.
Modules come in ‘L’-shape and 120° internal and external shapes allowing the creation of ‘Huddles’, ‘Islands’ and ‘Chains’. Modules can be mixed, linked and easily moved around, offering numerous possibilities for collaborative work spaces. Link arms can include 1 or 2 Office Electric’s Pixel power/USB modules.
• Comprehensive range of eleven reconfigurable pieces
• Moulded Foam seat and backrest foam
• Conforms to BS5852 Fire Resistance
• Solid plywood internal frame
• Sprung seat
• Choice of black or white painted leg frames
• Clear laquered European Oak or painted steel leg options
• Integrated power and data modules available
You can start configuring straight away as Boss have created a funky new website specifically for Myriad, here.