Richard Hutten sees stripes!

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Richard Hutten

Dutch designer Richard Hutten tells us about how the design for his acoustic panel Stripes came about.
One of my mottos is that I do not solve problems, I create possibilities, and that was the starting point for this acoustic panel. After seeing the other panels in Offecct’s collection, it was clear to me that the problem of sound absorbing was already solved. Instead I turned towards creating new possibilities for the user. I designed Stripes which enables the user to create various patterns depending on how the panels are mounted on the wall. For example, if you put all panels in the same direction, they will create a diagonal pattern. But if you put half of the panels, pointing in the other direction, you will get an arrow. Or if you change them all 90 degrees, you will get squares and so on, there are heaps of possibilities.

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Soundwave® Stripes by Richard Hutten for Offecct

After your acoustic panel followed a stand to put them on
This stand is a suporter for Offecct’s acoustic panels. The panels in Offecct’s collection already have a strong design, so i didn’t want to make something that was competing with that. Instead i tried to design something that was almost invisible, the stand truly became ”no sign of design”, another motto I have.

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Soundwave® Stand by Richard Hutten for Offecct

How did your relationship with Offecct start?
I met Kurt Tingdal ceo and Anders Englund design manager of Offecct, ages ago, it must have been in the nineties. I really like to work with Swedish companies, I think they have a similar mentality to Holland, and certainly a high quality of design. I go for the best when I design and I need clients who do the same, because I can never beat my client. If i make a good design for a low quality company, the result will be low quality no matter how good the design is. So the standards has to be high.

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What are you working on now with Offecct?
We are working on something new together and I am really excited about it. This is a furniture based around circles, which happens to be my favorite geometrical shape. According to me, a circle is the most elegant shape of all, there are no bulky sides and it can go in all directions.

To learn more about Richard Huttens products for Offecct, visit www.offecct.se/formgivare/richard-hutten
Richard Hutten Studio www.richardhutten.com

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Offecct Prize 2014 award ceremony

On the 10th of June, Offecct had the great pleasure of announcing the winner of the Offecct Prize 2014. The Offecct Prize is an architecture prize established by Offecct in 2010, with the ambition to promote and support young and promising architects. The prize is given each year to the best student thesis at The School of Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and consists of a diploma and a 10.000 kronor grant.

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The exhibition of the Offecct Prize at Offecct showroom in Stockholm

The jury selected five out of 70 thesis at he School of Architecture’s graduation show. One out of these five nominated thesis won the award which this year went to the young Icelandic architect Katla Maríudóttir for here thesis Jarðnæði; Tranquil Terra.

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The winner Katla Maríudóttir, Offecct CEO Kurt Tingdal and jury chairman Petra Gipp

During a festive event on the 10th that gathered national press and young as well as established architects, Offecct CEO Kurt Tingdal and the jury’s chairman, Swedish architect Petra Gipp, announced the winner.

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The prize ceremony gathered a great crowd of young and old architects

The five nominated thesis will be on display for the public at the Offecct showroom until the 24th of June between 08:30-17:00.

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Models by young architect Havar Cemal. One of the nominated exhibited thesis at the showroom.


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Urban corridors – a Stockholm Fantasy

Daniel Johansson was the first recipient of the OFFECCTPrize in 2010. Daniel won with his thesis called Urban corridors – a Stockholm Fantasy.

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Daniel Johansson

The thesis were about the role of imagination in architecture and urban design and that decisions on this area are rational decisions making our society look more and more the same. The thesis is a celebration of subjectivity and imagination; what is imagination today is reality tomorrow.

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Urban corridors – a Stockholm fantasy

The jury 2010 consisted of the following prominent architects: Thomas Sandell/SandellSandberg, Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård/Tham & Videgård Arkitekter and Anna Pang/KTH. And its statement on the thesis read like this: The project Urban Corridors – a Stockholm Fantasy is a challenging and thought-provoking architectural project. It has its origins in a historical analysis of the emergence of Stockholm where the relationship between land and water has constantly been changed by man as well as nature. The project proposes the development of Stockholm under the water surface in submerged structures. Powerful images communicate this possible future and jump-start the viewer’s imagination. The project moves between reality and fiction and discusses what architecture could be. A very convincing, conscious and visionary project that leaves us with the idea that what is fantasy today is reality tomorrow.

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Urban corridors – a Stockholm fantasy

We caught up with Daniel Johansson, four years after he received the OFFECCTPrize to see how he was doing.

What projects are you working on today?
–I run the architect office ”Byggfenomen” (building phenomena) with colleague Philip Bergerhoff, and our main focus area is private residences. Among other projects we are currently working on a villa in Norway which is an indirect collaboration with director Steven Spielberg because the characteristics of the house is based on his and Richard Donners classic movie ”The Goonies” from 1985.

Has your view of your thesis work, that you won the Offecct prize with in 2010, changed since leaving the school of architecture?
–A lot! I understand today that I was touching on a bunch of traditions within architecture that I was not aware of at the time. I also realize that I took a big risk in breaking the school rules for how to conduct a conventional architect thesis. But this is something that was rewarding for my own development, and to receive the OFFECCTPrize showed that someone else also cared and saw it my way. I want to encourage all students to go for what they believe in and what they are interested in instead of following the rules. The thesis is the last chance you get to use professors and other capable people on order to develop a project.

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The OFFECCTPrize 2014

The OFFECCTPrize is an architecture prize that was established by Offecct in 2010, with the ambition to promote and suport young and promising architects. The prize is given each year to the best student thesis at The School of Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and consists of a money grant. The winner and the nominees thesis are announced during a festive ceremony at the Offecct showroom in Stockholm on the 10th of June, and will be on display for the public until the 24th of June. The selection of the five nominated students’ thesis are made by a jury, and this year’s jury consists of the following prominent architects.

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Petra Gipp

Architect and director of the award winning office Petra Gipp Arkitektur AB. The office was founded in 2009 and it’s work has been exhibited in Stockholm, Helsingfors, Venedig, Wien, New York and Memphis. Petra Gipp is appointed this years chairman of the OFFECCTPrize.

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Ebba Hallin

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Architect Ebba Hallin founded in 2005, together with colleague Pelle Backman, the architecture office Himmelfahrtskommando. Ebba Hallin is also a lecturer at The School of Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and is it’s representative for the jury 2014.

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Johan Oscarson

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Architect Johan Oscarson is the co-founder of architect office Elding Oscarson. The office was awarded ”Guldstolen” (The Golden Chair), Sweden’s most prestigious award for interior architecture in 2012.

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Vasco Trigueiros

Vasco Trigueiros
Swedish / Brazilian architect Vasco Trigueiros founded in 2003, Trigueiros Architecture in Stockholm. A multidisciplinary office conducting international projects ranging from interiors ,private houses to entire hotel complexes.


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About design copies

To transform an idea in to a piece of furniture is a comprehensive investment that many people work on for several years. Offecct collaborates with international architects and designers who have dedicated years of their lives to study their profession and grow a unique design language. Together we execute global design projects that brings experience and new ideas to life which results in innovative solutions for users today and in the future. All the projects we carry out are a team effort and our staff go through continuous training in amongst other our own Offecct Employees Academy. We always strive to achieve a diversity in our team and equal pay for equal work is a given no matter gender. Our products are made in a work environment that is clean and bright by a staff that feels safe, motivated and proud of their handicraft.

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Sketch of the easy chair Moment by Khodi Feiz for Offecct

We are certified according to ISO14001 and 9001 and also work according to the regulations of ISO26000, guidance for social responsibility. The production is based in Sweden, which means that we can control the environmental impact in every step of the process. The furniture that leaves our factory has a fully declared content, are tested for harmful materials and is delivered to our clients with instructions for maintenance and a five years guarantee. Our furniture can also be reupholstered which guarantee that our timeless design can be used by future generations. Our unconditional work on quality has made us one of the leading design producers in the north, and is the reason why design lovers around the world chooses to furnish their homes, institutions and public spaces with products from Offecct.

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Furniture production at Offecct

We are confident that furniture produced during these conditions, designed by some of the world’s most competent architects and designers, not only is a good investment, but also responsible consumption. To buy a copy is not an alternative. A copy offers no safety for the consumer, is often made with poor quality and during even poorer work conditions. A copy of an original furniture can never be sold second hand because it is against the law and also an infringement on the designers and producers immaterial rights. This is a fact that not many consumers are aware of which in turn can lead to unfortunate consequences for those who purchase ”in good faith”.

To produce copies of design furniture misleads not only the consumer, but also severely harms the meaning of design and profession as such. To buy a copy is an unsustainable, temporary investment that without doubt contributes to a growing environmental problem. Copyright and trademark infringement of design works are an ongoing global issue. Last week, Swedish police raided a producer copying a large number of well known original furniture and lamps. With this news we would like to spread awareness about the subject in order to minimize the amount of copies and maximize the quality on the market.

The following is a link to a report on the subject that featured on Swedish channel four news, on 15 May.

http://www.tv4.se/utvalda-nyhetsklipp/klipp/att-k%C3%B6pa-billiga-kopior-kan-vara-brottsligt-2623097


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At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro

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The first house at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro Photo: Petter Abrahamsen

Barely three years ago, students Carolina Wikström and Frida Öster at The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, heard a story of an orphanage in Tanzania. The owner, Caroline Nicholas facilities were over-crowded but she had a dream of turning a piece of land she owned on the country side into a proper children’s center. The story stuck with Carolina and Frida who took it to them to design the center as their examination project. After graduation they started Asante architecture & design, joined forces with architect Pilvi Vanamo and took the project to the organisation Architects Without Borders which immediately jumped onboard. Two years later, the project is under the umbrella of Econef with a first house in place.

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The house. Photo: Petter Abrahamsen

The house will be used for testing the different design solutions. If they prove to work properly, they will be fit to apply on the other planned houses. Like the roof, which angel functions as a collector of rain water, water which will supply the houses needs. There will also be a filter in place, to see if the waste water can be purified and used for irrigation on the fields nearby. New solar panels that will generate electricity is also a planned feature.

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Hallway, showing the angel of the roofs. Photo: Petter Abrahamsen

–There are no major machines used on site because the shortage of electricity, so a regular job that should have taken a day, takes roughly a week. But It’s amazing though how much work you can get done with your hands, says Carolina which recently came back from working on the site in Tanzania with her colleagues.

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The veranda to the house. Photo: Petter Abrahamsen

The orphanage owner Caroline Nicholas is the project leader on site and has chosen to hire locals for the job instead of big contractors. The project offers work for people living in an area where finding work is hard. It has also proven to boost the moral in the area, everyone are glad they can contribute to something good, something that is needed and will be used.

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The entré. Photo: Petter Abrahamsen

–The first house will be used as sleeping quarters for volunteers and teachers. At the moment, the children from the orphanage in town, use it for field trips to play and sleep overs. Next stage is building the children’s home, then a school, and then hopefully more houses like the one we just finished, continues Carolina.

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Caroline with some of the children from the orphanage. Photo: Petter Abrahamsen

An expert on biogas in Tanzania is also starting to show interest in the project and chances are that what started as a vision of a functional children’s center, also will grow into an ecological hub that might pioneer many more self-sustainable innovations.

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Caroline with some of the children from the orphanage. Photo: Petter Abrahamsen

The existing orphanage is located in Jua Kali, outside Arusha in Northern Tanzania. The property for the new children’s center lies at the foot of Mount Kilmanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Offecct has since last year a long term commitment to the project.

Learn more about the project.
Econef http://econef.org/english/
Asante http://asante.se/
Architects without borders http://www.arkitekterutangranser.se/ASF.aspx
Pilvi Vanamo http://www.lovarch.se/


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In the moment with Khodi Feiz

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Iranian-born industrial designer Khodi Feiz explains about his idea for the easy chair MOMENT –I became interested in hybrid furniture. I wanted to make something that is relaxed in nature so I explored the idea of designing a lounge chair which combines a sculptural, fluid-shaped seat with a useful articulated tablet. Feiz cites the archetypal school chair (which cleverly combines the seat with a folding table element) as the starting point in generating ideas for his design.

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MOMENT is a chair which comprises an asymmetric seat structure with a small integrated table surface attached to the arm. The surface pivots 180 degrees between an ‘opened’ or ‘closed’ position according to the whims of the user. The pivoting ‘tablet’ supports perfunctory activities: acting as a platform on which to position your laptop; a prop for documents, a notepad or one’s mobile phone; or a resting place for a cup of coffee or impromptu lunch. Its existence is rational and entirely intuitive, offering a helping hand to anyone seated within it.

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The chair takes on different mannerisms when opened or closed. It’s almost as if it changes behavior, muses Feiz. Indeed, depending on how the user positions the tablet, the chair facilitates ‘moments’ that are either active or passive. –I believe these moments need to be reflected in our objects, continues Feiz.

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The chair is made from a steel frame structure encased in cold cure moulded foam. This construction allows for the seat to remain thin as well as sturdy and stable. The tablet is made from lacquered wood composite and has been designed to visually appear quite fragile in order to prevent damage from users overloading it with too much weight.

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Having studied in industrial design at Syracuse University (USA), Feiz worked in the country for four years before taking up a post at Philips Design in the Netherlands where he stayed for eight years developing everything from medical equipment, consumer electronics to domestic appliances and strategic design. In 1998, Khodi co-founded the Feiz Design Studio in partnership with his wife, graphic designer Anneko Feiz van Dorssen. Based in Amsterdam, the studio undertakes a variety of projects across product, furniture, strategic, graphic and identity design.

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In its early years, the studio began its collaboration with Offecct. Exhibiting at the talent forum that is Salone Satellite in Milan, their work was spotted by the owners of Offecct and their art director Eero Koivisto. This union in 2000 led to the release of K-LINE a few years later, comprising a family of functional furniture in moulded plywood and steel. In 2008, an easy chair called PALMA was introduced which has enjoyed strong sales ever since. And MOMENT, Feiz third project for Offecct launched to great critical acclaim in 2012.

Text by Max Fraser
Learn more about K-LINE, PALMA and MOMENT at www.offecct.se/en/designers/khodi-feiz

 


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World premiere for the sofa MEET by Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners for Offecct

No matter if you are in a meeting room or a living room, there is no need for the environment to suit only one type of activity. Today’s technology has made that possible. We wanted to create a sofa that gives you the feeling of being virtually anywhere, a center of comfort, with all the appliances you might need for work, informal meetings and some casual time. Offecct’s new sofa system MEET is designed solely for this purpose. Its soft seating which rests on a sturdy platform is the result of the first collaboration between the Milan based design studio Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners and Offecct.

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– When we work on projects aimed at the environment between office and residential space, we always raise our gaze to look at the surroundings. We don’t want to see only the product. We want to see and feel how this product will actualy work in a space so it can be of full service to the people who will use it, explains Robin Rizzini.

Offecct Meet_Fattorini Rizzini Partners_2– We wanted to design MEET so that its functions feature Offecct’s main areas, the sustainability aspect and the sound absorbing qualities of their products, the importance to inject life through plants in indoor environments and Offecct’s craftsmanship in working with wood and fabrics, continues Robin Rizzini.

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– It has been a pleasure to work on MEET with Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners, they are masters at designing system furniture. Our very first meeting during Salone del Mobile in 2013 quickly turned into a fascinating philosophical discussion about what informal meetings mean, and from there Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners have carried out this project perfectly. They have come through with a sofa that serves the meeting and work aspect in a very generous way, says Anders Englund, Design Manager at Offecct.

OFFECCT_Fattorini Rizzini Partners_MEET_sketch_2Learn more about Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners at our website!

 

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Seating furniture AIRBERG by Jean-Marie Massaud for Offecct is now ready for the market

Last year, Offecct together with French designer Jean-Marie Massaud presented a prototype of what seemed to be air trapped in a body made of felt, resembling something unusual and dreamlike. After a year of further intense experimentation and successful innovation, the second Offecct Lab product selected to be part of Offecct’s standard collection is now finally ready. And like Jean-Marie Massaud just did in the the Offecct stand at Salone del Mobile (Pavillion:20 Stand:E18),  please have a seat in AIRBERG.

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– Offecct is prominent in offering the market a strong and varied product selection. This means that with AIRBERG I could take a step further and break with conventions and question existing norms of what a piece of seating furniture usually looks like, says Jean-Marie Massaud.

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AIRBERG consists of a structural case that gives the impression of being filled with a vacuum, but is in reality held up by an advanced set of elastic ribs and springs. The unique craftsmanship used in the production of AIRBERG makes it possible to create a deconstructed piece of furniture that is more defined by its asymmetrical shape. Jean-Marie Massaud has created a piece of furniture that is comfortable, sustainable and unique, making it highly contemporary.

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– Offecct has always worked with product development and lately we have intensified our efforts to continuously create innovative and challenging products for the international market. With AIRBERG, Offecct together with Jean-Marie Massaud has taken a great leap in this direction resulting in a unique piece of furniture that simply has to be experienced, says Kurt Tingdal, CEO at Offecct.

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Learn more about Jean-Marie Massauds design for Offecct here!
www.offecct.se/en/designers/jean-marie-massaud

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Offecct’s chair Tailor by Louise Hederström is nominated for furniture of the year!

Sweden’s biggest interior magazine ”Sköna Hem” has just announced five products out of which one will be named ”The furniture of the year 2014”. We are very proud to say that Offecct’s chair Tailor designed by Louise Hederström is one out of these five candidates. The winner will be announced on the 6th of May!

ÅretsmöbelThe jurors motivation for Tailor. ”Fashion and furniture of today are an obvious match. Louise Hederström’s dapper chair is a well tailored friend with buttons like the ones on a grandmother’s cape. Designed for restaurants and office environments, Tailor will with its comfort and characteristics soon find its place also around the dinner table in our homes”

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Different patterns for clothes have inspired me in my work on TAILOR, and this gives the chair a unique character. The way the seat and the backrest are put together are highlighted with buttons, an important aesthetically detail. The buttons are the same shape as the buttons that were on a coat my grandmother used to wear, a small detail which means a lot to me. Every part of this chair is designed for maximum comfort. You could say that the chair is tailored for the body, says Louise Hederström.

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Learn more about Louise and see what she has designed for Offecct at our website!
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