Member Spotlight: Jonathon Kemnitzer, IDSA

Aug 28 2019 - 5:24pm


Jonathon Kemnitzer, IDSA, is a co-founder and principal of KEM STUDIO. He was an IDEA juror in 2018 and served as Board President of the Center for Architecture and Design from 2017-18. 

KEM STUDIO's new furniture solution, aperture, is designed to improve focus and limit distractions in an open office.

The 120° orientation helps to manage wireless devices, curate video chats and provide individual privacy when sitting next to a co-worker. The canopy minimizes eye to eye contact (making interactions purposeful) and provides a sense of place. The application also is meant to give designers the freedom to create linear or organic layouts. 

Recently, Kemnitzer was interviewed about aperature in Business of Furniture (BoF) magazine and on the Officing blog. This August, aperture won a 2019 Silver IDEA.

According to KEM STUDIOS, "We started designing aperture as a response to frustrations with the open office. We traveled coast to coast – to companies large and small, progressive and conservative – to research and understand how people work better together and as individuals. Through that research, we developed a simple product line that supports each individual user."

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