They’re smart, adaptable and future-forward. Springboard’s Q!, Lievore Altherr’s Cila, and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects’ Mantis are the recipients of the 2018 AZ Awards of Merit in the Furniture category.
Product: Q! Designer and Manufaturer: Springboard Working Surfaces, USA
While the move to a paperless office has its advantages, the need to jot notes on a whiteboard or explain ideas with a quick sketch isn’t going anywhere. Q! is a whiteboard for the smart office: Double-sided and highly mobile, its partition-like form can serve as a semi-permanent space divider or as the focal point for an impromptu meeting. Its genius is in the details: The sleek and stackable powder-coated stand doubles as marker storage, while the eight-millimetre-slim writing surface is customizable in 12 shades of high-gloss safety glass. Sandwiched around a steel core, the glass holds papers in place wth the help of magnets.
Cila is a born performer. The contract-ready chair is highly adaptable: Five base options include everything from wooden legs to steel sled runners and aluminum swivels, while the durable plastic seat and back can be customized in one of five colourways or upholstered in a wide range of matching or contrasting fabrics. But it’s the seat back that really sets Cila apart. The distinctive curve, configured to look striking from all angles, was inspired by the image of layers of clothing enveloping the human form.
Mantis is a family of tables that wears its intellect on its sleeve. In tackling the assembly, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe set an additional challenge for themselves: Could a singular approach to stabilizing the tables’ legs be adapted to tops of different sizes and dimensions? The pair realized that, by 3D-printing custom components from stainless steel, they could join metal struts at any angle of their choosing and thereby float circular, rectangular or elliptical surfaces of solid walnut high above sculpted wooden legs. This process leaves the architectural supports in full view and creates a striking look.