Hogeschool van Amsterdam
ON-OFFice - A collaboration of students of the HVA Design Lab, Royal Ahrend and Forbo Flooring
The 5th Forbo Flooring Student Challenge has been in collaboration with the office furniture brand Royal Ahrend. The project ‘On-OFFice’ refers to the contemporary office environment and the easy acces to information that enables people to work 24/7 from anywhere.
During one semester a group of 4th year students of the HVA Designlab in Amsterdam researched ‘alternative’ working environments. New requirements were defined and translated into proposals for innovative product designs.
Experiments and presentation
As response to the increasing time spend in the digital environment Tim designed a series of ultra tangible desk accessories. The pentagonal containers of different sizes are made out of Bulletin Board. Removing the jute backing of the Bulletin Board left the imprint of a ‘natural’ grid. The stone like colors create a perfect match with these ‘raw’ objects and offer a nice contrast with the high tech materials these boxes contain.
Reversible & adjustable
This concept for an easy to disassemble lounge chair seems to fit seamlessly well in the emerging attention for ‘circular product design’.
For the seating Guido developed an ingenious concept. Two disk shaped layers of Furniture linoleum were stitched together creating a flexible durable surface. The sitting position of the user can be influenced by the way the Furniture Linoleum disk is folded, the tighter the straighter the sitting posture will be. The result is a simple adjustable chair without having to use complex mechanisms. Combining two different Furniture Linoleum colors creates reversible seating.
De ‘Wiebel’ (wiggling-rocking) stool promotes the concept of ‘active’ sitting. With UPM multiplex a basic bended shape was created. For the upholstering different linoleum products were used. Bulletin Board has been applied on the seating area for its resilience and its soft touch. Marmoleum was selected for the parts of the tumbler which touch the floor thus making use of the extreme durability of this linoleum product. For the integrated handles Furniture Linoleum offered the possibility to work more in detail.
Nathalie de Boer
Nathalie de Boer created a pouf made out of folded Bulletin Board. The top of the pouf is flexible due to the folding technique. The inflatable and flexible core creates resistance when pressure has been applied. The instability of the pouf forces the user to actively find the right balance while seating. In her concept Nathalie refers to the theory that a slight body movement while sitting helps the brain to defocus and to prepare for the next level of concentration.
Tom designed a 3 dimensional rotatable pin-board. By milling a pattern into the Bulletin Board he made the material more flexible and easy to bend.
A multi functional product, as well for pinning ideas as to be used as a seperation wall to create more privacy. An additional part of the concept is the rotatable surface. When wanting to share the pinned ideas/ sketches one can decide to rotate the surface of the board (conveyor belt principle) in order to make the notes visble to colleagues.