Posts tagged as 'Office'

'IE-TAGs' by Naruse-Inokama Architects

Small scale and sustainable architecture: the Shibuya-based practice Naruse-Inokama Architects created these beautiful post-its shaped like little houses. The paper is made from wooden waste collected at the construction sites the architects have been working on.

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The Austrian manufacturer for contract and office furniture Bene presented at this year’s Orgatec two new room deviding systems designed by the Vienna based designer Johannes Scherr. We met him and got some background information about the higly flexible systems. Enjoy!


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The Dutch manufacturer Casala presented at this year’s Orgatec a large range of chairs all consisting of the same shell, combined with different bases. ‘Parker’ was designed by the German studio Kressel+Schelle and we got the chance to talk with the designers about the project personally.

Enjoy!


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Thu 30.9.

‘Leaf-it’ by Appree (KR)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 30.09.2010 - Tagged as: , , ,

'Leaf-it Ginko' by Appree

We are still in Valencia. At the designboom mart in a beautiful Art Nouveau market hall in the city’s centre the young Korean designer of Appree presented his highly poetic ‘Leaf-its’. The stickers are available through the designboom shop. The market will be open until 3rd October from 5 – 10 pm.

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'Villa + Office Tardin-Pittet' by TARDIN PITTET, photo by Corinne Cuendet, Clarens

The Swiss architectural practice TARDIN PITTET realised this extension of a single family home which was built in the 1940s in the North of Lausanne. In order to gain additional space for an office the gabled roof was replaced by a flat and a second floor without slants was created. A wooden cladding was mounted on top of the old facade to improve the thermal insulation.

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'Harmonia 57', photo by Leonardo Finotti

The Sao Paulo based practice Triptyque Architecture recently unveiled this contorted studio in the heart of an artistic neighborhood in their hometown. Its facade is characterised by a comprehensive tube-system where the rain and soil water are drained, treated and reused, creating a complex ecosystem.

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'Cargo' by group8, 2010, photo by Régis Golay, FEDERAL studio

This eclectic interior architecture of an office building in Geneva was recently realised by the internationally acting practice group8. Old and disused cargo containers are stacked one upon the other in order to provide some silent work and conference spaces within the otherwise wide and busy open-plan office. The concept was developed in collaboration with the Spanish office furniture manufacturer Dynamobel.

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PostPanic - Westerdoksdijk by Maurice Mentjens

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijk by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

The Dutch interior and furniture designer Maurice Mentjens recently unveiled this new office for the advertising agency PostPanic – the company produces both commercial projects for the international advertising, retail, broadcast and music industries and its own internal projects – in Amsterdam.

'A professional playground' by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

'A professional playground' by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

“PostPanic’s projects are strongly focused on images and perception, and the design and layout of the studio directly influence that. This explains why PostPanic, when planning to move in 2008 to a new building at the Westerdoksdijk in Amsterdam, commissioned designer Maurice Mentjens (Holtum, The Netherlands) to design an interior that not only would be pleasant and workable, but also inspiring, and a reflection of the studio’s creative and headstrong mind.

Mentjens’ field of activity: an over five meters high, empty room on the ground floor, the big windows in the slanted facade overlooking the river IJ. Large concrete columns support the concrete construction.

In the briefing, functionality was the biggest priority. To ensure a constant quality, PostPanic purposely chooses to produce, direct, design and animate in-house to stay truth to their original vision, once in production. This approach requires that the various departments of PostPanic each have their clearly divided and defined areas. But at the same time PostPanic required to maintain as much as possible the openness and transparency that the place offered. The design also had to take into account that the workforce fluctuates from 14 to 40, depending on the different stages of production.”

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijk by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijk by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

Point of departure

“In his design Mentjens took the existing concrete structure, and more specifically the large concrete columns, as his point of departure. The distance between the columns defines the dimensions of the subsequent areas. The width of production room, meeting room and staff room measures the span between two columns, the studio up on the mezzanine measures twice this size.

By introducing the mezzanine, Mentjens creates the required floor space without compromising the studio’s open feel. Because the low floor height doesn’t allow a lowered ceiling, pipes stay on display. Combined with the large concrete columns, the smooth concrete floors, the lack of thresholds and the fluorescent tubes on the ceiling, this emphasizes the slightly raw, industrial feel the interior has to it.”

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijkby Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijkby Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

Ground floor

“The tall hall, a neutral space with bold elements, at the same time functions as the entry and as exhibition space, is in use for seminars and film screenings and acts as the office’s living room. Wedged between two columns is a monumental, oak grandstand that takes up a quarter of the studio’s width and doubles as stairs to the mezzanine. The grandstand is facing a screen that’s suspended above the bar. This detached bar, tiled in white tiles, is simultaneously an autonomous object and recalls an old-fashioned kitchen.
Parallel to the facade, diagonally placed, is a grand table, meant for reading and dining. This 16-seater (5mx1.20m) holds a lowering in its centre to store books and magazines. Bar, grandstand, table and screen together make up the office’s ‘recreation zone’. From time to time the employees, sitting on the grandstand, a beer in hand, enjoy a film or football match together.
Attached to the ceiling above the grandstand, an installation of fluorescent tubes radiates over the different areas.”

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijk by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijk by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

“Attached to two columns in the kitchen are two wooden beams that both serve as a bookcase and as a demarcation between the kitchen and the adjacent production room. Floors and walls in the production room are covered with a deeply red, Persian-style carpet, which softens the nature of the concrete and at the same time dampens the sounds. This semi-open space holds just one, elongated table (6.20mx2m). Employees store their belongings in trolleys that can be parked in a grey, open cupboard. The cupboard extends till the first floor’s handrail height and thus acts as the upper side of the staff room’s balustrade.

The meeting room – floor, walls and table carpeted as it being one single object – with its fluid lines resembles a futuristic grotto. Large wooden pivot doors separate meeting room and hall.

The mirroring walls in the edit room invoke an illusion of endless space. A carpeted niche in one of the walls forms a bench on which clients can sit down and watch clips. These clips are projected on a big screen that is integrated in a purposely built, glossy black edit table.”

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijk by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

PostPanic - Westerdoksdijk by Maurice Mentjens, photo by Arjen Schmitz

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