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Spotlight: Workspace
Our Spotlight on Workspace included new approaches to office interiors and furnishings. A vibrant highlight: Nicole Marion’s Percy lounge chair for NaughtOne.
Studio Edwards Today Design
A Melbourne Creative Agency’s Low Waste Workspace
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Broadwick Live London HQ
A London HQ Seamlessly Transitions Between Day and Night
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River Lea and The Thames upholstery fabrics by Designtex
4 Upholstery Textiles Bringing Colour and Texture to the Workplace
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Koru by Studio Elk
An Industrial Design Firm’s Solution to Furniture Disposal
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Track modular soft seating by Artifort
4 Versatile — and Modular — Soft Seating Collections for Office Spaces
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Vida work table by Davis Furniture
4 Versatile Tables to Suit Any Work Setup
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A Winnipeg Studio’s Mid-Century Inspired Chair Design
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Spotlight: Workspace
Studio Edwards Today Design

When designing a new HQ for Melbourne-based creative agency Today Design, architects Ben Edwards and Nancy Beka of Studio Edwards set a challenge for themselves. They wanted to shape a conceptually innovative space that would elevate the office experience — while producing as little waste as possible. “Today Design were looking for a workplace that didn’t feel sterile,” says Beka. “Rather, one that fosters creativity, feels like a studio and holds sustainability as a core value.” Luckily, they were already in the right place. The setting, a 12-storey tower in the hip Collingwood neighbourhood, is home to a host of B-Corp businesses, meaning that the surrounding community already had an eye toward social impact.

Studio Edwards zero-waste workspace with couches

Studio Edwards’...

Broadwick Live London HQ

There’s no house style at Holloway Li, the interior architecture studio founded by Alex Holloway and Na Li. Rather, the London practice imbues its blockbuster projects with “set-piece moments.” Much as in theatre design, these architectural components and furnishings make all the difference in driving home a clear, holistic concept. It comes as no surprise, then, that when outfitting British entertainment company Broadwick Live’s massive London HQ, Holloway Li introduced a refined, monolithic aesthetic not dissimilar to the one found at the electronic music and arts promoter’s popular post-industrial clubs, including Printworks and the newly opened Drumsheds in the former Ikea Tottenham.

The London Hq's sculptural blackened steel staircase
Applying an all–matte black colour...
River Lea and The Thames upholstery fabrics by Designtex
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Midair by Maharam
Midair by Maharam

New York–based multimedia artist Jacob Hashimoto has translated his three-dimensional suspended installations into two woven upholstery fabrics for Maharam: Midair (shown) and Beyond. The intricacy of Midair’s 19 patterns references his expansive handmade kite sculptures; 11 tones per individual colourway (six in total) result in a nuanced exploration of opacity, transparency and neutrality.

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Rumor by Kvadrat Febrik
Rumor upholstery fabrics by Kvadrat

The complexity of Bertjan Pot’s Rumor for Kvadrat Febrik becomes more pronounced the closer you look. Using both digital photo-editing programs and traditional knitting techniques, Pot created nine energetic colourways — each comprising four different hues stitched...

Koru by Studio Elk

“Furniture waste is a significant issue that will only worsen as new modes of working drive shorter-term demands for office equipment,” says Tony Elkington, founder of London-based, sustainably focused industrial design firm Studio Elk. Having observed overconsumption of home office furniture in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, his team ruminated on how to prevent more desks and chairs from entering U.K. landfills. Its solution, still in the concept phase, is a subscription based system that essentially leases out furniture, recovers pieces or parts when they’re damaged or no longer in use, and redistributes or recycles them.

Koru furniture, desk and chair

Both the concept and the Studio Elk designed furniture line intended for use with this program are...

Track modular soft seating by Artifort
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Sir by Andreu World
Sir modular soft seating by Andreu World

Italian designer Piergiorgio Cazzaniga created the Sir modular soft seating system for Andreu World as a means to provide an adaptable and agile solution that suits the ever-evolving needs of contract (and domestic) spaces. Curved corners and a rounded backrest run common through the 14 separate modules, which can form compositions that are straight, sinuous and nearly any shape in between.

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Globb by Actiu
Globb collection by Actiu

With bulbous, elongated forms inspired by balloon animals, the Globb modular soft seating series by Madrid-based Stone Designs for Actiu brings a playful energy to contract settings. A streamlined steel-tube base (in powder-coated black or white) anchors and unifies the three...

Vida work table by Davis Furniture
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Trail by Lapalma
Trail work table by Lapalma

Cast in Giuseppe Bavuso’s rigorous minimalist styling, the Trail work table for Lapalma boasts clean lines and an understated elegance. The shapely die-cast aluminum legs (in black, white or pewter) have a vaguely bird-like quality and support three surface formats: round, double and meeting. Tabletop material options include three wood veneer finishes, marble, and black or white 10-millimetre-thick HPL Fenix, the latter of which is suitable for outdoor use.

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Cubicle by +Halle
Cubicle by +Halle

Stockholm studio Form Us With Love riffs on the traditional partitioned workspace with Cubicle, a combined oak-veneer bench and table structure that includes a protective 1.2-metre-tall screen. Designed for

For many people, a dreary doctor’s office waiting room is no source for creative inspiration. But that’s exactly where Winnipeg designer Nicole Marion was when a single element on an otherwise unremarkable chair caught her attention. “It was a little boring, overall, but it did have a nice curved detail,” says Marion of the 1970s tubular chair in question. “I wanted to see if I could emphasize that curve by using a much larger tube diameter.”

Winnipeg designer Nicole Marion, designer of the Studio's Great Mid-Century Chair

This was back in 2018, when Marion had recently founded her own studio and was looking to design something for herself — no client brief, no project specifications. Well versed in residential product design (after earning her master’s degree in architecture from the University of...