Iconic Awards 2017: Home office design wins

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The Tapa poufs and the Levitate furniture system are not associated with typical corporate interiors. Despite that, they became icons of this year's office design. Last Sunday the German Design Council awarded Nowy Styl Group the Iconic Awards 2017 for these two products.

#Tapa

The Tapa poufs belong to a small group of the "Best of Best" Iconic Award: Interior Innovation products. Designed by Przemysław Mac Stopa according to the idea of modularity – one module consists of an "island" and movable poufs that rotate on a common pivot. The modules can be freely arranged and upholstered in different colours, which allows for creating unique furniture pieces in any interior.

Covered with wool, Tapa warms up a company's image and is an intriguing element. The manufacturers of the new sofa have taken care it is made using a high quality upholstery fabric: the material, which is produced in New Zealand (Synergy, 95% wool), has undergone very demanding tests for abrasion resistance and is dyed using a special technology that ensures long-lasting colour.

#Levitate

The furniture system Levitate was awarded the Iconic Award: Interior Innovation – Selection mention.

Nowy Styl Group's latest furniture system, designed by the WertelOberfell studio, allows employees in an office to feel as if they are at home. At the same time, it is fully functional and ensures effective space arrangement. Wood is the leading element of the system's design. Freestanding desks, workbenches and high tables for holding quick meetings are characterised by an eye-catching A-shaped leg. The Levitate system creates a home-like atmosphere by offering a wide choice of colours and finishes. Panels are upholstered with natural woollen fabrics, and the interesting melamine palette offers a wide range of possibilities in creating individual arrangements, which are not always typically office-like. Levitate is suitable for arranging not only small, cosy and home-like offices, but also big office spaces based on the open space concept with all the necessary work zones.

Home office design?

– There is an artificial border between office and home products. We believe that some of them can be successfully applied to both spaces and should be adjusted to the user, not to the interior – claim Jan Wertel and Gernot Oberfell, designers of the Levitate system. – We spent a lot of time developing accessories for the Levitate system, so that they can be easily added, moved and removed depending on the user's individual needs. Moreover, the use of materials and finishes we often associate with home furniture gives the office a feeling of warmth and friendliness.

The home office design trend is not a temporary fashion; it is a consequence of changing working habits, the needs of new generations of employees and the new role of an office. Thanks to the dynamic development of technology, people can work in different places. Because of this, the borders between work and private life are slowly blurring. The way to increase employees' engagement and efficiency has changed as well. According to research, natural materials such as wood and wool act as a buffer that reduces stress and has a positive influence on employees' well-being.

Iconic Awards: Interior Innovation is the first international competition that combines the worlds of architecture and furniture designing. The international jury consists of experts in both fields who assess products taking into consideration their functional and design aspects. The competition is organised by the German Design Council.

Iconic Awards 2017: Home office design wins

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