Staff -- Interior Design, 8/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
Interface: Chenille Warp celebrates stripes in 12 colors ranging from bright rainbow hues to subtle, neutral tones. It is a tufted tip-sheared product, solution-dyed and nylon-backed with GlasBac RE (Interface's 100 percent post consumer recycled vinyl backing).
Haworth: Invited to create a prototype piece for the Museum of Modern Art's Workspheres exhibition, Haworth came up with Mind'Space, a work station that uses the brain as a metaphor for the personal workspace. Constructed of aluminum and fiberglass, Mind'Space features a rounded shape with soft edges to present a more "psychologically inviting" space.
Pollack: Coloratura is a new textile collection of 14 designs infused with saturated purples, oranges, reds, and greens. The line consists of silk damasks, velvets, synthetic satins, and other fabrics.
AGI: The CH-I chair, designed by Suzanne Lovell, is an innovative seating system based on three parts—an ottoman, an attachable back, and attachable, reversible arms—that can be reconfigured at whim. Units can be ganged together to form lounges and sofas, or enhanced with swiveling tablets and electric outlets. AGI is a division of KI.
Dauphin: The Pearl Swing mechanism generates three-dimensional oscillations to help prevent back and spinal problems caused by static seating. This therapeutic-massage chair comes upholstered in fully aniline-dyed leather, standard Dauphin fabrics, or COM.
Persing/Danko: The Gotham Rocker is made from recycled automotive seat belts, ply-bent hard maple, and nontoxic water-based adhesives. Removable seat covers are optional and come in COM fabrics with inside padding of post-consumer felt. It measures 42 in. high by 28 in. wide by 30 in. deep.
Steelcase: The Cachet chair has a balanced action rocker-motion that can be automatically adjusted to the user's body position. It is recommended for mobile workers as well as for use in meeting rooms, learning environments, cafés, and waiting rooms.
Della Valentina: The IKS Operative System combines high-tech design with ergonomics and functionality to meet almost any office need. The collection includes desks, computer and printer tables, conference tables, storage units, accessories, and more. IKS offers aluminum structures with melamine worktops with ABS edge profile in light gray or beech finish.
Tella: Minimo is a collection of furniture for the small, evolving office or home office. Its pieces are designed to accommodate a variety of technology and communication needs, and includes desks, mobile storage units, accessories, and more.
Helikon and SOM: Helikon and the venerable architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) introduce Epoch, a new idea in flexible working. The office system elements include a table form that opens to reveal a personal technology well with outlets for electronic connectors, a table that opens on opposing sides to seat two executives, and then closes for a conference space, and a "technology plane" that has movable and removable panels that hide communications hardware.
Milliken and Gensler: Milliken Carpet and award-winning architecture firm Gensler have teamed up to launch Oxygen, a modular carpet collection of eight design groups—Float, Catwalk, Kiss, Screen, Shag, Wink, Fizz, and Glam. Each come in 15 patterns that can be mixed and matched to allow for personalized graphic art compositions.
Lees: Lees presents Collaborative Voices, a collection of floor coverings that expose and celebrate the stunning sheen of nylon. The collection was developed through a collaboration between the Lees design team and a group of designers from across the country including Shashi Caan, Lucy Aiken-Johnson, David Loyola, and Jamie Velez.
Designtex: This year, Designtex announced it would share its revolutionary and sustainable Climatex Lifecycle manufacturing process with its competitors. The technology is the only process for manufacturing 100 percent biodegradable upholstery with minimal industrial waste. Until now, Designtex and its Climatex licensee Carnegie were the only two companies to have sole access to it. Designtex is now opening the field to other companies to create Climatex collections.
Versa: N'viro is a new collection of "green" wall coverings made from eco-friendly Terren, a cellulose-based substrate. The elegant N'viro patterns are suitable for a variety of settings.
Maya Romanoff: Maya Romanoff introduces the Eco Collection of nonwovens, acrylics, light vinyls, olefines, and diatomite-covered wall coverings that are environmentally ahead of the curve. Eco uses the minimal amount of necessary materials to generate less waste in the short term. It has a Class A fire rating and measures 39 in. wide. Coordinating borders are also available.
Blumenthal: The company renews its commitment to environmental responsibility by introducing wallcoverings in earth-friendly fibers. Industrial Jute is made from extruded quartz and gypsum, has a classic woven texture and a rich, pearlescent color. Washable and extremely durable, Industrial Jute exceeds Type II vinyl specifications and is suited to both contract and residential applications.
Studio eg: The award-winning Ecowork reception desk features a Greenboard work surface made from agricultural or certified lumber waste, a brushed aluminum modesty panel and shield, recycled cardboard legs, and a leg boot made from recycled tire. Work surface finishes include ochre, storm cloud, taupe, zinc, charcoal, crimson, natural, evergreen, or natural maple veneer.
Wolf-Gordon: Architect Laurinda Spear has created Linework, an exclusive series of contract wall coverings for Wolf-Gordon's Summit Collection Volume II. Wave features a graphic pattern and saturated hues that are characteristic of the collection composed of four other patterns: Bamboo, Palmrail, Mini-Palm, and Rain.
Brayton: The Hans J. Wegner collection, handcrafted in Denmark for Brayton, includes 20 models from rocking and valet chairs to finely crafted tables in 44 distinct styles. Pieces are constructed of ash, cherry, or maple wood, and upholstery options include a choice of three leathers and five fabrics.
Anzea: Designs Worth Repeating is a collection of 12 Ruth Adler Schnee textiles designed in the 1940s and '50s. Strings and Things Repeated features a linear motion and simple lines, dotted with baubles. It is available in nine color combinations.
Unika Vaev: Unika Vaev introduces the Atmosphere Collection, three patterns inspired by the mod fashions of the 1960s and '70s and offered in complementary small-, medium-, or large-scale patterns. The collection's Network is a pattern of squares and rectangles and comes in eight colorways in a cotton/rayon blend.