Royal Ahrend adds Deberenn to its product portfolio, expands soft seating offering

Royal Ahrend adds Deberenn to its product portfolio, expands soft seating offering

Royal Ahrend has announced the addition of Deberenn to its international product portfolio. The company believes the tie-up will enable Royal Ahrend to offer a broader and stronger range of soft seating products and lounge area furnishingsRoyal Ahrend has announced the addition of Deberenn to its international product portfolio. The company believes the tie-up will enable Royal Ahrend to offer a broader and stronger range of soft seating products and lounge area furnishings. It also claims that the move will help to meet changing customers’ needs, esspecially to better address the trend of hybrid working, where community areas play a central role as connecting factors and social meeting places in offices. More →

The Furniture Makers’ Company announces Design Guild Mark 2023 holders

The Furniture Makers’ Company announces Design Guild Mark 2023 holders

Innovation of materials and creativity remain at the forefront of British design as 30 outstanding submissions from three categories are to be awarded the coveted Design Guild Mark in 2023Innovation of materials and creativity remain at the forefront of British design as 30 outstanding submissions from three categories are to be awarded the coveted Design Guild Mark in 2023, The Design Guild Mark is awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, to drive excellence and raise the profile of British industrial design. More →

Casala launches Omega – a new but classically beautiful chair with outstanding environmental credentials

Casala launches Omega – a new but classically beautiful chair with outstanding environmental credentials

Sustainable office design pioneer Casala has added to its portfolio of ground-breaking products with the launch of the Omega range of seating. Omega is a stylish and comfortable seating range, unmistakeable thanks to its slender shell made from recycled PET felt, combined with a lightweight steel frame. The diversity of the product family makes Omega a multifunctional all-rounder for the office, receptions, hospitality and break out spaces. More →

Routes to Greater Sustainability event brings office furniture sector together to talk climate change

Routes to Greater Sustainability event brings office furniture sector together to talk climate change

An inaugural conference - Routes to Greater Sustainability Industry Day - gave insight into how the UK furnishing industry is mitigating climate change and proved an outstanding successAn inaugural conference that gave insight into how the UK furnishing industry is mitigating climate change proved an outstanding success. The Routes to Greater Sustainability Industry Day was organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company in association with the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) and took place on Thursday 16 February at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London.

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Workspace Design Show returns (and so do we)

Workspace Design Show returns (and so do we)

A few of you may already know this story. It was some 15 months ago and three old friends met up for the first time in quite a while (well, we had been through lockdowns etc). Having caught up with each other’s news, the subject turned to industry journals, what the three friends felt the market was missing and the possibility of collaborating in the not too distant future. That conversation occurred at the inaugural Workspace Design Show – which the three amigos were all hugely impressed by. The result of that conversation (and a few more chats and meets, of course) is Works. So, here we are, all those months later, pulling together a preview of the 2023 edition of WDS, which – we’re delighted to say – we’re very much a part of. And we don’t just partner with any one, you know. More →

Bisley debuts at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Bisley debuts at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Bisley is to present its first ever showcase at the Stockholm Furniture Fair (7-11 February 2023), illustrating the multitude of innovative ways in which the brand’s collections can support and enhance home working. Organised in four zones, the stand will focus on key products which tell the story of Bisley’s wide-ranging expertise in designing and manufacturing office furniture solutions, at home and in the workplace. More →

Herman Miller extends use of ocean-bound plastic with Sayl chair 

Herman Miller extends use of ocean-bound plastic with Sayl chair 

The Sayl Chair, designed by esteemed Swiss Designer Yves Béhar will now include up to 1.36 kg (3 pounds) of mismanaged plastic wasteHerman Miller is continuing to increase the use of ocean-bound plastic within the modern furniture maker’s portfolio. The Sayl Chair, designed by esteemed Swiss Designer Yves Béhar will now include up to 1.36 kg (3 pounds) of mismanaged plastic waste found near waterways. This change builds upon the momentum created by the introduction of ocean-plastic in the iconic Aeron Chair in 2021 and will divert 95 metric tons*, the equivalent of approximately 9.6 million plastic water bottles, from the ocean annually. More →

Flokk brand Connection opens new state of the art manufacturing facility and offices in the UK

Flokk brand Connection opens new state of the art manufacturing facility and offices in the UK

Staff gather outside the new Connection facility, a part of the Flokk GroupConnection, the latest brand to join European office furniture giant Flokk group have opened a bespoke designed and built manufacturing facility, housing warehouses and offices in Mirfield, Yorkshire. Attending the opening were Lars Røiri, CEO of Flokk and René Sitter, Senior Vice President, Central Europe, as well as key stakeholders to celebrate with the Connection team. More →

The roots of modern ergonomic seating go back to the late 19th Century

The roots of modern ergonomic seating go back to the late 19th Century

An illustration of how ergonomic seating can help people work in different waysAlthough the invention of the swivel chair – and by extension ergonomic seating – is largely credited to Thomas Jefferson, the roots of its industrialisation and our modern approach to ergonomics lie in Europe. It was here nearly one hundred years ago that Albert Stoll first introduced the world to the Federdreh, the legendary chair that is the common ancestor of every task chair that has followed. More →

Herman Miller Aeron Chair now with ocean-bound plastic in all available colours in Europe

Herman Miller Aeron Chair now with ocean-bound plastic in all available colours in Europe

Herman Miller Aeron chair and tableOffice furniture giant Herman Miller has launched its iconic Aeron Chair in Europe with ocean-bound plastic (OBP) in all available colours. This change builds upon the momentum created by the successful introduction of ocean-bound plastic in Aeron exclusively for Onyx, the ultra-black shade, in September 2021. the Herman Miller Aeron with ocean-bound plastic is now available in a harmonious colour palette which centres on elements pulled from the earth. Onyx is a dramatic ultra-black shade, Graphite is a distinctive dark grey, Carbon is a balanced neutral that works equally well in warm and cool environments, and Mineral is the lightest shade illuminating Aeron’s finer points, ideal for open floor plans and spaces. More →

Office furniture maker Connection announces move to new £8m head office and factory

Office furniture maker Connection announces move to new £8m head office and factory

Connection office furnitureIn a planned strategy to capitalise upon unprecedented recent growth in sales, Huddersfield-based British office furniture manufacturer Connection is moving to a brand-new purpose-built state of the art building, which will encompass a head office, showroom and manufacturing facility under one roof. Connection have been based at their Dogley Mills home in Huddersfield since their founding in 1997 but after 25 years at the facility required a substantially larger space with the intent to double both manufacturing capacity and turnover. More →

What the 21st Century office of the future looked like in the 1960s

What the 21st Century office of the future looked like in the 1960s

refraction and the office of the futureWe’re used to hearing people predict what The Office of the Future will look like. It’s been going on for a very long time now and each new generation of commentators on the subject comes up with its own forms of wishful thinking, wild generalisations, distorted conclusions and failures to account for the inherent unknowability of future disruptive technology. The best way of reminding ourselves of these pitfalls is not to look forward, but back. Only then  can we see how an image can be refracted and make allowances. More →