Office & Productivity

Post-it® Z-Notes Natural Dispenser

The Post-it® Z-Notes Natural Dispenser was designed with sustainability and life-cycle management in mind. It is constructed with natural raw materials only—just glass and 100 percent recycled cork, no plastics. Plus, while most dispensers on the market have a minimum of five pieces, this product has only two, making it very easy to assemble, disassemble and recycle.

Credits: 3M Design Lab & 3M Post-it® Team

Contact: Kevin Gilboe: kjgilboe@mmm.com

Steelcase node chair

The Steelcase node chair is a mobile and flexible chair for classrooms that transitions from one teaching mode to the next. Node was designed in response to a changing educational environment, where classrooms and classroom furniture need to respond to a more collaborative and active learning style. With node, a classroom can switch from a lecture-based mode to a team-based mode, and back again, without interruption.

Credits: IDEO Design Team and Steelcase

Contact: Katie Clark: kclark@ideo.com

DUMONT SIDEBOARD

The Dumont sideboard, as well as the whole Dumont Line, has modern lines, combining renewable eucalyptus, stainless steel and aluminum. The steel rods are reminiscent of the support cables from airplanes and serve the same structural function in the furniture. It is a sophisticated product oriented to the corporate market. The drawers have a sliding system with a damping feature and a push-to-open structure that eliminates handles, providing a clean, soft design.

 

Credit: Flexiv Escritórios de Sucesso, Ronaldo Duschenes, Dari Beck & Estúdio Flexiv de Design.
Contact: flexiv@flexiv.com.br

 

Horizon LED Task Light

The first task light to utilize Thin Film LED Technology™, the Horizon Task Light delivers a striking combination of form and function. Using a series of high-intensity LEDs surrounding several layers of polycarbonate and optical films, Horizon produces an ultra-wide footprint of warm glare-free 3000K light and eliminates the weaknesses of traditional LED task lights. In addition to a compelling aesthetic that complements any interior, Horizon offers a broad range of intuitive functionality in a simple, highly durable form.

The primary challenge in designing Horizon was to create an ergonomic and energy-efficient LED task light that overcomes the weaknesses of current-generation LED task lights, including poor light quality, oddly shaped illumination footprints and multiple shadows. Because different tasks and different users require different levels of light output, it was essential that Horizon offers enhanced usability and function that would allow users to effortlessly adjust the light’s intensity and position. Throughout the design process, an overarching consideration was to embody ergonomics and function in a refined aesthetic that would suit any modern interior.

Horizon’s design employs three main components: an ultra-thin rectangular lamp head, an elegant round base and a minimal support stem connected to the base and lamp head by spherical joints. The spherical joints facilitate fluid positioning. An organic membrane-like skin forms the cover for the lens and base, leaving no exposed wiring or mechanical fasteners to distract from the luminous beauty of the light itself. The resulting aesthetic is a unique hybrid of rectilinear architectural forms and natural organic forms.

The lamp’s head offers a full range of adjustability in all axes and variable height control so the light source can be positioned exactly where it’s needed. Its built-in dimmer control offers seven levels of adjustable illumination to customize light intensity according to each task. Offering enhanced functionality, Horizon also remembers the previous session’s light level, offers a night-light setting that uses just 1 watt of energy, and displays an internal indicator light so it can be easily located in a darkened room.

Engineered for energy efficiency and a long life, Horizon consumes only 9 watts and is rated for 60,000 hours of use. Its advanced design dramatically minimizes the number of components and simplifies disassembly. Made predominantly of recycled aluminum, Horizon also comes with a 10-year 24/7 warranty to support its exceptional lifespan.

Credits: Humanscale, Michael McCoy and Peter Stathis
Contact: Allan Escoto: awards@humanscale.com

 

Tools at Schools

The Tools at Schools (TAS) collection is the end result of the Tools at Schools program, an initiative designed to integrate design thinking into early education. For the program’s inaugural year, 44 eighth-grade students were asked to rethink the classroom, focusing on the iconic basics. Their cumulative ideas were incorporated into a singular and collaborative vision for the locker, desk and chair.

The objective was to instill in the students’ design thinking and creativity as a problem-solving tool for real-world solutions. It was the intent to focus on the process rather than end products, so the design reins were put in the hands of 14 year olds. However, to make the process truly applicable, their designs needed to be brought to life. Knowing that prototypes would be manufactured, the students were asked to focus on the attainability and craftsmanship of their designs.

The design team grounded the students and guided them to design solutions that are attainable for all audiences. 

The challenge then was to take the students’ final proposals, extract the strongest ideas and identify the most collective needs to create singular designs for each item—all while maintaining a cohesive voice for the collection. Furthermore, the design team had to finesse the concepts to a manufacturable state while ensuring the vision of the students had not been sacrificed.

Throughout the Tools at Schools process, the students expressed an overwhelming need for personalization in lockers and flexibility in the classroom and in classroom products that are an inspiring alternative to the boring classroom staples. This resulted in three designs: locker, desk and chair.

Credits: aruliden, Johan Liden, Rinat Aruh, Olivier Gregoire, Haney Awad, Frank Zaremba, Yifei Zha and The School at Columbia University: Class of 2015
Corporate Sponsor: Jerry Helling, Todd Campbell and Bernhardt Design
Contact: Johan Liden: bailey@aruliden.com

 

MAST™Monitor Support Arms & Accessories

MAST™ is a family of flat-screen-monitor support arms and accessories. It was designed to support today’s workplace technology while anticipating the next level of technology, including tablets and OLED and curved screens. MAST is built around a stanchion that is extremely strong. Stanchions accommodate up to four monitors on a single-height post and up to eight monitors by combining dual-height posts side by side.

Credits: Carl Gustav and Magnusson Design LLC
Contact: Mark Harris: mark.harris@teknion.com

 

JumpSeat Auditorium Seating

The JumpSeat is a low-profile folding auditorium seat designed as an elegant, modern alternative to the typical movie theater or stadium seat. Through its innovative design and use of materials, it is able to support up to 600 pounds when opened, yet folds up to a thickness of only 3.5 inches, leaving auditorium walkways open for easy access.

Credits: Ziba Design, Mehdi Mojtabavi, Sohrab Vossoughi, Peirre Harper and Dave Knaub
Contact: Sohrab Vossoughi: julia_carpenter@ziba.com

 

Herman Miller SAYL Side Chair

The SAYL task chair is the first in the lineup of the SAYL family of products. The design of the side chair, akin to the task chair, makes it suitable for light desk work or conference and auditorium seating. It is also versatile enough for use in home environments.

Credits: fuseproject, Yves Behar, Bret Recor, Qin Li, Naoya Edahiro, Matt Swinton, Noah Murphy- Reinhertz and fuseproject
Corporate Sponsor: Herman Miller
Contact: Lauren Busto: lauren@fuseproject.com

 

CR Series Architectural LED Troffer

The CR Series Troffer utilizes a patented technique to generate white light by mixing the light from yellow and red LEDs, delivering an unprecedented combination of high color rendering and consistency. Clean lines, low glare and balanced light distribution help create comfortable visual environments that promote employee productivity and positive visitor experiences.

Credits: Cree Lighting, Cree Lighting Optical Mechanical and Electrical Design Groups
Contact: James Lay: carrie_martinelli@cree.com

 

RICOH Unified Communication System P3000

The RICOH Unified Communication System P3000 is a portable, easy-to-use remote meeting system that doesn't need a computer and can be used in places that do not have remote meeting equipment. Images, voices and documents can be shared with remote viewers to facilitate natural communication and sharing information.

Credits: Ricoh Company Ltd. and Ryota Yano
Contact: Shin Tanaka: shin.tanaka@nts.ricoh.co.jp

 

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