Playlist  18.04.2014

Office.Playlist #48 by nanimarquina

Rugs are not just simple decorative items for nanimarquina. It is more about the stories that are woven into their knots, colours and forms – stories about other lands and cultures, stories that convey real emotions.

Books  17.04.2014

ABC3D

From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book.

Trends  17.04.2014

Here and Gone Again

Fabienne Felters

Pop-ups are booming – whether in the form of the temporary usage of empty spaces or the sale of extremely limited goods in an existing shop that has been transformed into an eye-catcher. Pop-up stores create a buzz, and it’s not only large fashion companies that have begun making use of the idea – small, local firms are exploiting its potential too.

2009: A long-established American boot manufacturer completely transformed a London commercial space in a matter of six days, producing a stark industrial aesthetic with bright yellow plastic curtains, low-hanging spotlights and heavy wooden pallets. And then, after just a short while, the store vanished again.

Summer 2011: On a Dutch beach not far from The Hague, an international giant in the world of fashion erects a wooden box several metres high with the simple word “Beach” written on its side. The new summer collection is hanging inside; customers enter through the one side of the giant container that is open. The entire spectacle is over after two days, but the brand left an indelible impression.

January 2014: A huge shoebox is placed on a square in North East London. One of the largest sportswear manufacturers in the world is celebrating the sale of its latest trainer. In addition to a limited edition, visitors can scan their faces and have them printed on the shoes themselves. After three days this white and green shoebox has also vanished from the face of the earth.
 

Architecture & Design  14.04.2014

Colour fields – A trip to India with nanimarquina

The British design firm PearsonLloyd took the inspiration for their Greenwich fabric and rug collection from Greenwich Park and especially from the pathways through one of London’s iconic green spaces. The exclusive Greenwich rug collection is produced by nanimarquina, a Barcelona based company that has been producing rugs since the 1980s. We follow the nanimarquina team to India, where the Greenwich rugs are manufactured with a great love for detail, design and tradition. Enjoy an inspiring photostory. 

Architecture & Design  09.04.2014

Designing Stories: an interview with Nani Marquina

The story of nanimarquina is based on a simple idea: the desire to design and produce contemporary rugs. This is its clear intention, which is implemented using values such as innovation, observation, communication, emotion and a knowledge of traditional craftsmanship.

The Spanish company has been designing carpets and textile products since 1987. It pays particular attention to its source materials and production process. These factors enhance the products’ aesthetic aspect, contributing to brand awareness and its success.

Bene just launched the Greenwich rug collection, a collaboration with nanimarquina, Bene and the British design studio PearsonLloyd. In our interview, Nani Marquina talks about her passion for design and tells us, how colors and knots can become stories.


You started out as an interior designer – why did you start designing rugs? When did you discover your love for textiles?
Design was always a big part of our home life, from when I was a little girl. My father was one of the first industrial designers in Spain. Every day he would come home with new designs that he had created. I was totally captivated, so he passed his great passion for designing on to me. Designing carpets wasn’t a decision that I made overnight. I started out as an interior decor print designer and through that I discovered that there was a gap between creating rugs and contemporary design.


What distinguishes a nanimarquina rug from others? How would you characterize your designs and products in a few words?
We research and design rugs with an emphasis on raw materials and traditional manufacturing processes. This enhances the beauty of the products - converting the textures, colors and knots of the rug into art, to tell a story. This is our key value, so you are not just buying a rug, you are buying a story. I believe that my passion for art and admiration of nature define the essence of my work.

 28.03.2014

Office.Playlist #47 by Liechtenecker

Liechtenecker is a young agency with lots of passion for everything digital. Its creative and professional team located in Vienna provides support for people who are looking for the right digital strategy. A table football match helps employees clear their mind when they need a break. If the table is occupied, they can turn to the power of music: This Office.Playlist includes some of the agency’s favourite tracks.

 28.03.2014

Workplace Accessoires – the little helpers on the job

Just as in life, the little things play a role in the office which should not be underestimated. Ultimately it is often the details that shape a workplace in such a way that we feel comfortable, with all our needs being met. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important workplace accessories.
 

The right light is crucial

Light is one of the decisive factors for workplace well-being: there is hardly anything more disturbing than light which is too bright or dazzling. Poor or inadequate lighting leads to fatigue, eye problems and headaches. Good visual conditions on the other hand not only promote concentration, they also increase well-being.

Functionality is the top priority at the workplace - lighting in the office must ensure optimal illumination and the best working conditions. Areas for concentrated work require a mixture of daylight and artificial light. Direct glare-free light suits permanent workplaces. On the other hand, soft indirect light should be used for communication zones and project areas.

 24.03.2014

Rethinking bene.com

4,967 HTML pages, 2,485 e-mails, 15,806 photos, 1,485 cups of coffee - these are just a few figures to go with the new website. But the result of our efforts is worth seeing: the new Bene website makes office life fun!

If you want to find out more about the before and after, and are also interested in the results of table football matches, we highly recommend our infographics.

If you want to know everything about technical details and usability, and get all excited about the new features that the Liechtenecker Agency has developed so cleverly, switch straight to the microsite.

What about everybody else? The best thing to do is start straightaway with a visit to the new bene.com site itself.

 14.03.2014

Christian Horner, Vienna – Waidhofen/Ybbs

Work and lifestyle on the cutting edge. In discussions with contemporaries we review the assertions, clichés and ideals which circulate around work environments. This time we talked with designer Christian Horner. In an interview with Désirée Schellerer and Angelika Molk he spoke of the office as a public space, the importance of communication and the spatial depth of open space.

Designs by Christian Horner are characterised by elegant lines and a love of detail. He is able to reinterpret classic shapes. Born in Starnberg near Munich in 1968, the designer grew up in Italy and studied in Ron Arad’s master class at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He has worked with renowned design agencies in Paris and Milan. In addition to his work for Bene since 2000, together with Nada Nasrallah he has designed objects for companies such as MDF Italia, Rapsel, Ligne Roset and Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten.


Christian Horner, you design products both for residential as well as office areas. Do you always have the same approach, even when you are working on entirely different categories of product, or does the design process change depending on the task at hand?
The process can actually be very different. The systematic and repetitive character of office furniture requires convergence above all in terms of the overall consideration of the area. The start of the process involves working out possible floor plans and furniture and material combinations, with the details developed at the end. However, these finer points then become hugely significant. Don’t forget that once defined, a surface or shadow gap can then be repeated hundreds of times throughout the area.

 13.03.2014

Innovation guaranteed

If you want to squeeze yourself into a market niche you have to remain lean and agile. And once in there you should fill it out as much as you can. This appears to be the recipe for success of those small and medium-sized companies that are seeing record successes as so-called hidden champions, and yet still remain largely unknown among the public.

There are around 1,500 of these industry success stories in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 190 companies in Austria alone fulfil the criteria drawn up by Georg Jungwirth from FH Campus 02: they are among the top three in their market segment or at least market leaders in Europe; their annual turnover is no more than EUR 200 million, and they have their company headquarters “at home”.
 

Recognising what is needed

The diverse range of products offered by these companies to reach their leading positions is astounding: traditional Viennese company Thomastik-Infeld for instance is a global market leader in the production of strings used in string instruments. Prior to the start of World War I the founders of the company began to investigate the materials that they would require for developing new string technologies. Today, strings for string instruments are truly hi-tech products based on materials like plastics from space technology and bio-compatible substances such as titanium. Fundamental research, their own development laboratory and a team of highly specialised engineers have all been necessary elements in producing these unique and special products that receive praise literally in the highest tones from musicians all over the world.

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