The Studio series for Offecct has been designed to allow for the creation of a number of seating units, each adapted to the needs of particular situations in terms of the number of seats as well as their arrangements and function in any given space. The designs allow for numerous group arrangements which can result in closed arrangements, semi closed and open arrangements, allowing for versatility in communication and privacy. The Studio Twin creates a seating element for communication and exchange, whereas the Studio Easy chair Right and Easy chair Left offer possibilities for the user to choose between open and private arrangements. The Studio Twin Beam creates opportunities for use in public spaces and for more playful organisations in public settings.
The Studio collection setup has the potential for use in many varied settings, including airport waiting areas, lobbies, offices and libraries. In order to create a sustainable product, the shell has been designed in such a way that the complete Studio collection can be produced with two mirrored shells. In addition, the shape of the shells and the frame allow these parts to be stacked for space-saving during transport. In accordance with Offecct’s high demands on sustainability, effort has been put into choice of materials, energy, transportation and logistics to assure a product that has a minimal impact on nature.
Quotes Ben van Berkel: “The concept for the Studio series was to create a light, comfortable and easily rearranged collection of seating elements which incorporate a variety of spatial gestures with specific emphasis on versatility in communication. The varied designs within the series cater for the needs and wishes of the individual in both public and private spaces.”
Ben van Berkel
“The Studio Twin design not only encourages communication by enabling the sitters to face each other whilst sitting side-by-side, but is also designed to spatially introduce two visual orientations to the locations in which it is used.“ Ben van Berkel
“The Easy Chair Right and Easy Chair Left are highly versatile, allowing the user to choose their level of connectivity to both the people and the space around them. Although very light and very compact, they are also generously proportioned, offering ample space for different sitting positions. The equally generously proportioned Studio High on the other hand, wraps around the sitter to provide a heightened sense of privacy and concealment.” Ben van Berkel
UNStudio practices architecture as a discipline that possesses a wide range of scales and dimensions. Thus, the house, the department store, the railway station, the museum, the temporary installation and the theoretical manifesto are all intricate parts of our oeuvre. In recent years, the sofa, the chair, and the table have become integral parts of that broad architectural palette also. The same enquiring and experimental attitude with which UNStudio approaches architecture is also employed in the designing of products. Product design at UNStudio is not always specifically bound to an architectural project, although designs can be expressions of parallel ideas and concepts. Designing furniture in the classical tradition of the Architect/Designer means that UNStudio’s designs are related to architecture functionally and thematically. UNStudio’s approach to product design is based on the combination of a deep understanding and working knowledge of materials and innovative technology with distinctive spatial design strategies.Location: Tibro, Sweden Designer: UNStudio | Ben van Berkel Client: Offecct Description: Collection of Seats
-Studio Twin ( double seat )
-Studio Twin Beam
-Studio Easy chair Right ( and Left ) Materials: Body: upholstered molded wood + steel frame powder coated
Seat comfort: by foam
Status: Completed, launched at Salone del Mobile 2013 Credits UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with William de Boer, Mark Anthoni Friedhoff and Marcin Mejsak, Maurits Fennis
Offecct: Anders Englund with Kurt Tingdal, Annette Mathiesen and Joachim Schubert, Mats Grennfalk