Architecture & Design  02.03.2017

MEET PIXEL AT THE SALONE DEL MOBILE.MILANO!

PIXEL Salone Milano

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile was founded in 1961 to promote Italian furniture manufacturing and exports. It soon became one of the most keenly anticipated events in the design industry calendar. This year Bene will be there too, to present the newest member of the Bene product family, PIXEL.

PIXEL might look like a box, but it can also be a table, a bench, or a stand, and so much more. It can even all of these at the same time. Come and visit us at the Salone del Mobile in Milan and get to know PIXEL.

Architecture & Design  23.01.2017

Three questions to Anders Cleeman, Muuto

Fiber Chair, Muuto

Welcome Muuto! We are delighted to be able to welcome a new partner brand: chairs, sofas, luminaires and much more from Muuto will be available in selected Bene showrooms in the near future. We have used this fantastic new partnership as an opportunity to put three questions to Muuto's CEO Anders Cleeman.

About Muuto

The name Muuto says it all – "muutos" means “new perspectives” in Finnish. Muuto Design develops its Scandinavian heritage fully in line with this concept, based on plenty of passion and bold creative approaches. High standards in terms of aesthetics and functionality, as well as a love of craftsmanship form part of its philosophy, as does trying out new materials and techniques. This philosophy of new perspectives is brought to life in collaboration with unique and modern designers.

Architecture & Design  12.12.2016

Inspiration is three-dimensional: Welcome to the future.

Office of the Future, Dubai

It took only 17 days to build the Office of the Future. In this period, no concrete needed to be mixed, and not a single wood chip fell to the ground. The building was printed with a 6 meter high and 46 meter long 3-D printer. Fully functioning and equipped with electricity, water, telecommunications and air conditioning, it is the first office in the world to be built in this manner.

Architecture & Design  14.10.2016

Asia Architecture Awards @ Bene

2A Magazine is the Middle East regional source for information regarding architecture, design, and art. ‘2A’ intends to establish a polyphonic relationship with the professional, international audience and should therefore focus on structures that make this relationship possible within its most comprehensive form. As part of its expanding activities 2A is now organizing the 2A Asia Architecture Award (2AAA).This event takes place annually to highlight and celebrate regional and Asian achievements in architecture.
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The award is a critical effort to recognize and acknowledge architects who have engaged in creating and designing buildings and cities in Asia originating from their specific cultural and geographical localities and possess specific quality and characteristics attributable to their local origins.

 04.04.2016

World premiere: Bene furnishes the world’s first ever 3D office in Dubai

Office of the Future

At the invitation of the Dubai government, Bene will furnish the world’s first ever 3D-printed office building with innovative furniture and a future-oriented innovation area, the Bene IDEA LAB. The “Office of the Future” is expected to open in the spring of 2016.

The “Office of the Future” is the first major project of the Dubai Futures Foundation, a government initiative aimed at promoting pioneering and innovative projects and partnerships. The project forms part of a comprehensive strategy that presents innovative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century. The future of real estate, construction, and design is a recurring theme.

Bene was chosen as an interior design partner for this ambitious building, providing a design concept that is future-oriented and promotes innovation.

The design for the space and the furnishing will be tailored to meet the needs of tomorrow’s working environment. The space has an open and flexible design and is suitable for a wide variety of potential applications and team sizes. The aim is for the building to become an established cultural centre in the region, through a mix of public and private events.

 23.03.2015

225 years of Bene - a short company history, Part 2

225 years of Bene

Bene celebrates its birthday. Founded in 1790 by Michael Bene as a small carpentry workshop in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, the company has now , 225 years later, 80 subsidiaries in 37 countries. 225 years of family history, 225 years of office history, 225 years of Bene history. Happy Birthday Bene.
 

Part 2: The Bene Logo

Most people, especially in Austria, connect the Bene Logo with so-called "Bene-folders". True connoisseurs of the brand, however, know that these folders have only little to do with the core range of the office furniture manufacturer Bene. Why then are these two logos so similar?

 06.03.2015

225 years of Bene - a short company history in ten parts

225 years of Bene

Bene celebrates its birthday. Founded in 1790 by Michael Bene as a small carpentry workshop in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, the company has now , 225 years later, 80 subsidiaries in 37 countries. 225 years of family history, 225 years of office history, 225 years of Bene history. Happy Birthday Bene.
 

Part 1: The name Bene

in 1790, when Michael Bene founded the small carpentry workshop in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, he most likely did not expect that this business would still exist 225 years later at a scale which was hardly imaginable back then .

The carpentry workshop was extended more and more over the years. In 1951, the business switched to industrial production and instead of household furniture, it switched to business only office furniture. In the 1980s, the company started its internationalisation by Manfred Bene, the owner at the time. He is on the supervisory board of Bene AG today and still connected with the company.

 15.10.2014

Team trumps all

A new spin on the office: Bene brings fresh pep into the office with the TIMBA Table and TIMBA Stool, designed by PearsonLloyd, offering the best conditions for creative cooperation and dynamic teamwork.

Cooperation is the key word. Employees shift back and forth between meeting rooms, places and spaces for communication, team and project work, workshops and desks. TIMBA, the new furniture line from Bene, was developed especially to create a pivotal point of focus for teams in modern office landscapes.

TIMBA Table and TIMBA Stool take you by surprise with their solid oak construction and rotating features. The oak legs of the table and stools convey stability and warmth. The round swivel base brilliantly provides the team access to power and the network via the “Power Bowl” in the centre of the TIMBA Table. The TIMBA Stool’s round, swivelling seat surface ensures optimal freedom of movement during discussions and promotes dynamism and interaction. When people are relaxed in terms of their posture, they remain flexible and open to new ideas.
 

A table for the team

“Meetings in the office are no longer events you always go to a separate room to conduct. They are just as likely to be quick, unplanned, and informal. TIMBA was developed for an open type of cooperation that is done at a shared table; it fills precisely that gap between informal collaboration and the formal setting delivered by traditional meeting rooms.” (Tom Lloyd, PearsonLloyd)

 25.06.2014

Work in Progress: The Architect

A generalist and a specialist. God and Ted Mosby. Architects come in all shapes and sizes. What they actually have to be able to do has been discussed for thousands of years.

The world in seven days

Based on things in our part of the world, that have been shaped by Christian faith – you only need to think of the way we calculate our calendars – the Creator could be called the first architect, having created the entire world in six days plus a day of rest according to the Bible. There is a reason why early depictions of the creation of the world often show Jesus Christ representing the Father and measuring the globe with a compass. God as the architect is an example which combines both the power of the idea as well as the capacity of design and execution in itself, thereby indicating an ideal which has occupied the discussion around architecture for thousands of years.

Ever since people have been able to document buildings there has been a discussion over what the architect’s responsibilities really are. The word architect, which comes from Ancient Greek and which thanks to Latin is still used to designate the profession today, provides merely inadequate or partial information on the meaning of the term as we now use it. For instance it can be translated as “Chief Craftsperson” – and some architects would indeed rightly consider this to be an inadequate description of their activity.

 28.04.2014

All eyes on design: Milan 2014

The mood in Milan for the 53rd Salone Internazionale del Mobile was as bright as the sunshine. More than 355,000 visitors gathered in the glorious spring weather of the Lombard metropolis of design to be inspired by the flood of items on display. Clear trends: the huge variety of colours, solid craftsmanship and sophisticated functionality. TIMBA fits right in with this: Bene’s new table was presented in Milan for the first time.
 

All that glitters is not gold…

The trend towards Scandinavian modernism was also obvious among the variety of items offered at this year’s furniture fair. There was more wood on show than has been the case for a long time, lots of light oak, and lots of solid wood. The very rustic wood look – often kept ostentatiously coarse by using a brushed finish – is contrasted in an exciting way with smooth upscale materials such as glass and high-gloss surfaces. Vintage metals are also being combined with wood. Metal is a must have, whether it's gold, brass or copper.