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product focus generating buzz(i) BuzziHub seating from Belgian company BuzziSpace offers a fun, unique acoustical solution for meeting areas Workplace collaboration and informal meeting zones are all the rage, but sometimes they come at the cost of acoustics. Thankfully, the relatively young Antwerp-based BuzziSpace offers innovative furniture solutions that specifically target sound-insulation needs in public spaces. One of its recent introductions, BuzziHub, made a splash at Berlin’s brand new furniture fair Qubique in October. Designed by Alain Gilles, the collection, as its name suggests, acts as a central hub for the office with a layer of privacy. “The collection is almost not designed but is a translation of a function. It forms a space within a space,” says Gilles. The booth-like BuzziHub is available as a single- or double-seat piece, and is enveloped by side and back walls, as well as a “roof.” The seat and back cushions are covered in the company’s own BuzziFelt material to absorb sound, and the walls are clad with a ribbed version of the textile. As the company is committed to sustainability eve bit as it is to acoustics, it churns out the felt using 100-percent recycled plastic bottles. The product can be specified in a range of both lowkey and vibrant colors, from fuchsia and orange to light blue and beige, and is easy to assemble with basic tools. The double-seat hub measures 78¾ inches wide by 48 inches deep by 74¾ inches high, while the single measures 43¼ inches wide. The designer completed the line with aluminum tables. Finished in a range of powder-coat colors, they are available in three sizes, with the small and medium versions offering a slightly extended end to use as an impromptu work surface. Respectively, they measure 15¾ inches wide by 18½ inches deep by 26¼ inches high, and 33¾ inches wide by 16 inches deep by 26¼ inches high; the large table stands slightly lower at 21½ inches, and measures 54¾ inches wide by 17¾ inches deep. —Sheila Kim Reader Service No. 226 48 contract november/december 2011

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Contract - November/December 2011
Industry News
Product Briefs
Product Focus: Classic Touch
Product Focus: Generating Buzz(i)
Gelfand Partners Architects Office in San Francisco Designed by Gelfand Partners Architects
Sorg Architects Office in Washington, D.C. Designed by Sorg Architects
Sauerbruch Hutton Office in Berlin, Germany Designed by Sauerbruch Hutton
Roth Sheppard Architects Office in Denver Designed by Roth Sheppard Architects
AOL West Coast Headquarters in Palo Alto, California Designed by Studio O+A
Red Bull Canada Office Expansion in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Designed by Johnson Chou Inc.
Goods Shed North in Melbourne, Australia Designed by BVN Architecture
Bota Bota Spa in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Designed by Sid Lee Architecture
A’maree’s in Newport Beach, California Designed by Paul Davis Architects
2011 Contract Brand Report Awareness Survey
Designers Select: Building Products
Ad Index

Contract - November/December 2011