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This issue highlights new products from one of the most innovative
design companies in the world, Offecct of Sweden. Released
at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February 2008, these products
reflect a mission of deliberate corporate responsibility.
Just as important as design and quality is a comprehensive
environmental strategy – something that is unique to Offecct.
For many years, consideration for both people and the environment
has characterised everything the company does, ranging from
what adhesive is used at the office, to the choice of materials,
energy consumption, transport and sustainability. A large proportion
of Offecct’s product range has recently received the Nordic
The nicely balanced collection reflects Offecct’s vision – contemporary
furniture design that exudes Scandinavian simplicity. The furniture
is developed for all kinds of creative spaces in an office
environment but is equally well suited to a private home.
Modern Objects + Design is the primary distributor of Offecct
products in the USA.
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help save the rainforest
As an example of their strong environmental commitment,
Offecct developed a nesting table in collaboration with
designer Eero Koivisto. The table, which has been given
the name Amazonas, is produced in materials that are 100
% recyclable. The inspiration to design the table came
to Eero Koivisto during a flight above the Amazon forest
and its foliage. Parts of the proceeds from the Amazonas
nesting tables support The
Children's Rainforest, a Swedish non-profit environmental
organization that has turned rainforests into nature reserves
“When I was creating Amazonas I was thinking a lot about environmental issues.
As a designer, one can try to create an environmentally sustainable product that
people don’t want to throw away. That is why Amazonas is a mono-material – in
this case steel – that is 100 per cent recyclable. In addition, some of the money
from every table sold will go to a project to save the rain forests.”
Amazonas Tables by Eero Koivisto
a comfortably distinctive easy chair
The Dutch designer Khodi Feiz has again created a new furniture
line for the Swedish design company Offecct. This time
it is a lounge chair inspired by the palm of a hand cradling
the human body. The chair’s simple mono-form describes
the seat, back support, and arm-rests in a single gesture.
With its frame of wood fibre by-products and seam-free
upholstery, Palma is a good environmental choice. Above
all, Khodi Feiz and Offecct have worked together to create
an easy chair with a long lifespan. The chair is both physically
durable and has a timeless, elegant design.
The chair has a relaxed shape that invites comfortable
and flexible sitting postures. The chair is clearly informal.
Its designer would like to see Palma in people’s homes
as much as in office environments. Palma is beautiful as
a stand-alone piece of furniture but several can also be
arranged together to create a distinct pattern in a room.
Palma is Khodi Feiz’s second product for Offecct. In 2002
the company presented his K-line functional living accessories.
The collaboration between the designer and the furniture
manufacturer is very successful. Feiz finds the Scandinavian
design style particularly appealing:
“There is something very attractive about Scandinavian design. It is light, elegant,
and highly intelligent – precisely the same impression that I want my own designs
Palma Chair by Khodi Feiz
Chrome another innovation by Offecct on the new Bond
As one of the first companies in the furniture industry,
Offecct can now put an environmental label on our chromed
products. The Nordic environmental organisation The Swan
has accepted our chrome to be of a high recyclable standard
with low environmental impact.
Offecct has been working with environmental issues for
a long time, and is environmentally certified according
to ISO and the Swan eco-label. Parts of our collection
bear the Swan eco-label today, and we work towards a continuous
improvement of all our products from a recyclable point
of view. Read more about our products marked with the Swan
eco-label. In the following series, you will find the Swan
eco-label: BOND, CORNFLAKE, PLAYBACK, PROPELLER, Q-COLLECTION
Bond Light Chair by Jean Marie Massaud
Acoustical Panels - Recyclable and Class 1 Fire Rated!
Soundwave Acoustical Panels by Offecct Now certified in
the US to meet the ASTM E84 flammability requirements that
give the panels a Class 1 rating!
The Soundwave range of sculptural wall panels combine functionality
and aesthetics and are specifically designed to enhance
the acoustic properties of any interior used for human
communication and social interaction, such as offices,
restaurants, conference rooms, home theaters, etc.
The original "Swell" version was designed for Offecct by
Teppo Asikainen. In addition there are a number of new
patterns designed Teppo (Scrunch, Luna, Mesh) and such
luminaries as Karim Rashid (Flo) and Marre Moerrel (Skyline).
These lightweight panels are easily installed in different
patterns that can be custom configured to decorate a wall
or ceiling while diffusing or absorbing sound.
Satyendra Pakhalé believes in good design wherever it comes
from. It is when design is placed within a context that
it becomes interesting and creates meaning. Encounters
between people form one source of his inspiration. He argues
that today’s informal lifestyle places different demands
on design than those made in decades such as the 1930s
and ’40s, a time when he says that design was linear and
boring. Today the design process requires a more playful
and relaxed approach.
The concept for the Grip Satellite table was born in this
same spirit. Grip is a table that is easy to pick up (grip!)
and move thanks to the small handle on the tabletop that
stands out like a small functional detail. The handle is
a clear symbol of our modern lifestyle – we want complete
flexibility. On a sunny day we can take the table outside,
at home we can put books onto it beside our favourite easy
chair, at the office we want to be able to move about spontaneously
with our laptop or coffee cup on the table. Grip is designed
to make our lives easier in everyday situations.
Satyendra Pakhalé compares the table to a satellite that
can rotate around within a setting and be moved from place
to place – at work, by the sofa, in a meeting room, outdoors.
The handle replaces wheels, which have the same function.
Why reinvent the wheel when you can add a handle instead?
Grip Table by Satyendra Pakhale
Originally trained as an industrial designer, Andrea Ruggiero
approaches design as a generalist, bridging various disciplines:
In addition to product design, he is actively involved
in the design and development of visual identity systems,
furniture, packaging, and environments. His opening design
for OFFECCT is TEMPO, a flexible multi chair with a work
surface for a laptop or a cup of coffee.
Ruggiero's multi-disciplinary practice focuses on delivering
comprehensive design solutions to start-up ventures and
internationally established brands and his work has been
selected for numerous awards, including the Good Design
Award, the Award for Design Excellence / ADEX, the International
Furniture Design Fair award in Japan, and ID Magazine's
Annual Design Review. He studied at the renowned Domus
Academy in Milan and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree in Product Design from Parsons School of Design
in New York, where he now teaches Product Design. Half
Italian, half Hungarian, Andrea was raised in Italy, China,
Tempo by Andrea Ruggiero
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