Offecct and its production facilities are situated in Tibro, a small town in the western part of Sweden. Tibro is surrounded by stunning nature and sits in an area with a rich tradition of craftsmanship and deep knowledge of furniture production, which dates back to the 18th century. From its origins of furniture handcrafted by farmers, it steadily grew into a profession with the establishment of proper sawmills. Carpenters set up shop in red barns, paving the way for an industry that’s known throughout the country. Today, Tibro is Scandinavia’s biggest logistics centre for the furniture industry. Nine out of ten pieces of furniture made in Sweden pass through Tibro on their way from producer to consumer. Needless to say, the tradition and spirit of local craftsmanship is in Offecct’s DNA.
Bellow you see fabric carefully being cut out by hand to be sewn and then applied on a furniture at the Offecct factory in Tibro. To find out more about our production, visit www.offecct.se/en/about-offecct/production
When we recently got the question if Offecct could donate furniture to the new office of the foundation Min Stora Dag, we immediately said yes. The goal of Min Stora Dag, (My Big Day), is to grant wishes to critically ill children (3-18yrs) in Sweden suffering from severe, not seldom life-threatening, diseases. The foundation’s work is unique as each child is actively involved in planning his or her own wish.
We are very proud to be asked to help this foundation, and the furniture we choose to give were the easy chair PAL designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune. To learn more about the foundation Min Stora Dag and how they work, please visit their website http://www.minstoradag.org/The_Foundation_MIN_STORA_DAG/
Visitors seated in Ineke Hans sofa system SMALLROOM SELECT.
Visitors examining Luca Nichettos room divider NOTES.
Offecct CEO Kurt Tingdal opens up the press event.
The press gathering in the stand for the event.
Eero Koivisto of Claesson Koivisto Rune, explains their new designs for Offecct 2014 MODENA, PLAYWALL and XTRA LARGE.
Offecct’s colour advisor Giulio Ridolfo presents his ideas about working with colours.
Giulio Ridolfo explains Offecct’s new colour palettes for the press.
Offecct associate talks about the Offecct collection to visitors at the Offecct stand.
Offecct CEO Kurt Tingdal gives an opening speech at the joint event with Foscarini at the Offecct showroom in Stockholm City.
Guests in Offecct’s showroom examine the latest upgrade of Khodi Feiz chair PALMA MEETING for Offecct.
Guests in Offecct’s showroom views the acoustic panel SOUNDWAVE® BELLA by 3XN.
Each year Offecct collaborates with one of its designers to shape one of Offeccts smallest objects, the usb-stick. This year’s usb-stick for press is designed by Christophe Pillet.
– Plenty of people are working on making things smaller and smaller, to a point where things are no longer comfortable to use. The usb market is also filled to the brim with extreme designs, the one crazier and more high-tech than the other and I did not want to compete with that, instead I wanted to add something that’s just normal and comfortable. Like your favourite pen that rests well in your hand, and you will find without having to turn your pants or bag inside out to find, Christophe Pillet explains regarding the usb-stick.
The acoustic panel Soundwave® ANDO is our first collaboration with the young Swedish designer Daniel Svahn. With the design of ANDO, Daniel Svahn takes a well-known building material into a new domain.
When you cast blocks of concrete, a natural by-product of the manufacturing process are round holes on the surface of the blocks. For the trained eye, these characteristic round holes are the unmistakable sign of a concrete surface. The concrete block has been transformed from a hard material with sound reflecting properties to a soft absorbing surface.
Soundwave® ANDO has a rectangular shape which opens up for many creative ways to build your own wall. The rectangular shape also gives an effective price per square meter, which is also one of the qualities of building with concrete.
To give one material a new expression with a different meaning and function creates excitement. With the new look and a new sound absorbing material, a combination of recycled textile, the eye will experience Soundwave® ANDO as a concrete block.
One of our additions to Offecct Lab this year is MODENA by Claesson Koivisto Rune. MODENA is chair that blurs the lines between stiff and casual in the true experimental spirit of Offecct Lab.
MODENA twists the concept of a traditional office chair. Instead of being static like the traditional office chair, MODENA is flexible and satisfies two ways of sitting, an upright active way and a laid back, relaxed way.
When the backrest of MODENA is adjusted, the armrests follow the movement. This is the fusion of mechanics and aesthetics of a sports car and an ordinary chair. A light steel frame and an upholstered backrest presents the main figure of the chair and through the fine net of the seat, you get a glimpse of the machinery.
We are proud to announce the second addition to our 2014 collection by Christophe Pillet; the sofa system BLOCKS.
BLOCKS is a sofa system with maximum flexibility that clearly reflects Pillet´s design philosophy. The design can be described as very calm. It has been developed with the goal of making the seating and backrests as soft and comfortable as possible.
When we started to work with Pillet we did not have a specific need or product in mind. We simply started working together because we wanted to. When we talk about design the conversation flows very naturally and to start projects together always feel very good.
FOCUS DIVIDER has beeen developed by Offecct in collaboration with Tengbom. FOCUS DIVIDER is a new item of furniture that creates a room within a room, as well as a temporary resort for undisturbed and focused work.
Offecct has been involved in creating mini-architecture for many years. It started more than ten years ago when we developed Forest, a flexible interior object designed by Katrin Greiling. We love to think about and develop this kind of furniture, says Kurt Tingdal, CEO, Offecct.
The frame of FOCUS DIVIDER is made in moulded veneer and MDF. It is upholstered in laminated textile, Soul from Gabriel. Metal legs and buttons in silver lacquer, alternative RAL Flexicolour. Accessories: Tabletop in compact laminate, measure 1200×600 mm. Lamp incl. electric socket in white lacquer, NCS 0500N.
Claesson Koivisto Rune has designed the table XTRA LARGE for us. XTRA LARGE can be described as a hybrid between a meeting table and a writing desk; a table big enough to work undisturbed with your laptop but still be able to start up a conversation with someone sitting opposite.
XTRA LARGE has got a lightweight table top in laminate from EGGER, and a frame in lacquered metal. Measurements: 2400×2400, 2400×1200 mm, h 720 mm
– The table XTRA LARGE offers a big, clean surface and can be extended by adding more units. Below each unit are beams functioning as its power grid, meaning that cords earlier placed on the tabletop now can easily be kept under the table, making work much easier for everyone sitting around the table, says Anders Englund, Design Manager, Offecct.
For more information about XTRA LARGE Dezeen has published an illuminating article here >>
As mentioned in a previous blog post, the EZY collection was originally designed and produced for the new interior of the Pullman Tour Eiffel Hotel in Paris. The collection was presented a few weeks ago at an event in Paris.
-> Blog about the Pullman Tour Eiffel Hotel
-> Blog about the Paris event
Now we are presenting EZY at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and we are glad for the appreciation shown by media and visitors.
The EZY collection consists of a sofa, an easy chair, a barstool and a series of tables.
Christophe Pillet – who is profiled here – explains the thoughts behind EZY as:
– You could say that there is a constant game in design of who can make the most recognisable object. Being a part of that game was not my intention with EZY. Instead of making something strange, visible and loud, I wanted to make something very normal, simple and elegant. The purpose of this collection was to make a super functional, normal and long lasting design. To use an analogy, in competitions within gastronomy, the chefs struggle to invent the most creative and sensational combination of food. But I prefer the opposite. I like to use pure and simple combinations to bring out the best I possibly can.