Contract - May 2012 - (Page 58)

product focus Enlivening the Flexible Office Practical and beautiful products from ICF inject vitality into the workplace 2 1 3 For 50 years, ICF has been beautifying interiors by calling on international architecture and design talent—including the likes of Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen—to create innovative furnishings with a timeless look. And if the company’s repertoire for NeoCon® 2012 is any indication, great collaboration and production continue for ICF. The manufacturer will be showing several workplace-furniture designs— marked by intriguing dimension, geometry, and color—in Chicago this year. Aesthetics aside, all are workhorses in their own right. The Loop Screen (1), for instance, seems to take cues from traditional handcrafts and weaving, complemented by colors that speak of modernity. The Anya Sebton–designed partition not only creates an attractive visual barrier, but also a sound-absorbing one through its irregular shapes and fabric surfacing. The shape modules themselves can be removed and rearranged into vertical or horizontal patterning of different color combinations. Meanwhile, the candy-colored details of 58 Meet (2) draw the eye, but the unit is more utilitarian than it appears. A mobile seating stool first, it has a second function as a wastepaper basket on casters, and can potentially even be used as an extra storage component. Meet’s makers are Daniel Lavonius Jarefeldt, Johanna Munck af Rosenschöld, and Josef Zetterman. And Dexter Stool (3), by Andreas Farkas, features a simple linear, wire sculpture–like design, but it can also be grouped to form a bench, or stacked low with open sides facing out to work as a storage shelf. The solid steel piece is powercoated in a variety of colors for outdoor use, too. Other ICF debuts this NeoCon® include a wall panel, barstool, chairs, and tables. ICF will exhibit in its showroom, 365. —Sheila Kim reader service No. 255 MAy 2012

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Contract - May 2012
Industry News
Coming Events
Exhibition: Coverings
Exhibition: Highlights from Salone Internazionale del Mobile
Product Focus: Enlivening the Flexible Office
Product Focus: A Collection to Define 21st Century Herman Miller
NeoCon® Preview
Hospitality’s Influence in Workplace Design
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus
Steelcase Office and Work Café
Shlemmer Algaze Associates
Red Bull Amsterdam
Grey Group Roof Deck
Knoll, East Greenville Headquarters
The Metrics of Distributed Work
Tools: Pinterested, by Design
Exhibition: Hallingdal 65
Designers Select: Office Furniture
Ad Index
Exhibition: Lasvit Liquidkristal by Ross Lovegrove

Contract - May 2012