September 15, 2021
11 New Product Launches for Work-Life Balance
Studio TK designed this lounge system to ease the post-COVID transition back to work. A base offered in 16 colors allows ample configurations of seats, while laminate or veneer work surfaces anticipate workers’ increasing “desire for flexibility.” STUDIO TK studiotk.com
ON & ON
Part of a new seating collection, this Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby–designed café chair contains 70 percent recycled plastic. Available in six colors and with a plywood or an upholstered seat, On & On is circular in concept and shape. EMECO emeco.net
Innovant’s answer to remote-office collaborations (ones that include both virtual and in-person meetings) is WALL, a system that includes desking, storage, acoustics, power, and technology, all plugged into one structural lattice and offered in four material palettes. INNOVANT innovant.com
An easy-to-install, nonintrusive wireless charging port is the design innovation of NeatCharge. Users can mount the device under worktop surfaces with a slim charging sticker above for delivery of up to ten watts of power. HUMANSCALE humanscale.com
FREE ADDRESS 2.0
Named after the idea of working anywhere, this system was developed to incorporate mobile storage, planters, power, and Stylex’s GREENGUARDcertified furnishings into a kit of parts suited to any hybrid work area.
Phone booth–style privacy pods are getting a color makeunder. Framery says its new palette (White, Gray, Black, Powder Blue, Winter Moss, Sand, Blush, and Navy) is calming. FRAMERY frameryacoustics.com
TUUCI, a maker of cabanas and pergolas, is aiming its latest version at outdoor workspaces. Automated louvers filter sunlight to provide shading and discreetly shed rainwater. TUUCI tuuci.com
Created as an extension of the Tekloom line, Wander features the soft pattern of a woven fabric, but performs like a durable coated textile. It’s tested to withstand more than a million double rubs. CONCERTEX concertex.com
Wolf-Gordon is rolling out an affordable, easier-to-install, PVC-free updateof its impact-resistant wallcovering introduced five years ago. It can also be installed for 80 linear feet without a seam. WOLF-GORDON wolfgordon.com
TEAK GRAPHIC TV CUPBOARD
Ethnicraft adapted the design of one of its popular sideboards to create a new audio/video cabinet with residential style. It’s available in two sizes. ETHNICRAFT ethnicraft.com
Julie Bargmann Is the Winner of the Inaugural Oberlander Prize; a “Pritzker Prize” for Landscape Architecture.
Architects have the Pritzker and artists have the National Medal of the Arts. Now, landscape architects have the Oberlander.
In Seattle, a 1960s Roadside Motel Gets a 21st-Century Update
At the Civic Hotel, architecture firm Wittman Estes adapts jet-age lodgings for a new generation of traveller, while holding on to some mid-century aesthetics.
Understanding the Available City at the Chicago Architectural Biennial
A tour of the Damen Silos and a celebration of the Wall of Respect show a biennial struggling to achieve longer-term engagement with the city it calls home.