In 1999 the original concept for the award winning Catifa was born and since then has been developed into a family of six collections consisting of chairs, lounge seating, stools, poufs and benches. Like every family, the Catifa family keeps organically growing and has recently introduced some new, exciting additions.
New to the Catifa 46 series is a fresh colour palette called Duochrome that provides new scope for the customisation of the chairs finish. The soft, yet complex colour palette consists of rose, petrol, yellow, ivory and smoke, all of which can be used in any combination to create a chair that perfectly suits your space and its surroundings. We love the curated versions of this new colour palette; we think they’re perfect for adding a splash of colour into a space.
Just landed at Form is Vifa’s new addition to their collection of spectacular loudspeakers; Oslo. Although small in form, Oslo still packs a punch when it comes to functionality, visual aesthetics and of course sound quality.
Oslo is a portable speaker that you connect to via Bluetooth and it features a very simple, streamlined form that has been designed to attract attention but at the same time is not intrusive. Upholstered in the same specially woven Kvadrat textile as the other speakers within Vifa’s collection, Oslo boasts a soft texture, warm touch and true sense of craftsmanship, durability and quality. Oslo’s portable quality is thanks to it’s powerful battery so you are able to take your music on the move with you, to wherever that may be, Oslo is happy to play anywhere!
Human-centric brand +Halle has taken a fresh approach to typical lounge seating with the launch of their new multi-level seating collection, designed by international design studio Form Us With Love (FUWL). The ‘Nest’ collection symbolises the first collaboration between the Swedish design powerhouse and danish-based manufacturer.
The new collection was launched during Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2016 and debuted in the Greenhouse Café, another by-product of FUWL, and a celebration of the 10-year anniversary since their first exhibition in the Greenhouse hall. Furnished with the Nest series, the Greenhouse Café functioned as a natural meeting point for the fair’s visitors and exhibitors, with just the right balance of spatial partition that enabled meetings, conversations and lunch breaks, within smaller defined areas.
By simply raising the level and lifting the lounge setting up, the dynamic design literally takes furniture to new heights and without compromising on comfort – something we were able to experience first-hand during the show.
Our latest lighting picks are selected from New Zealand based design house Resident. The collection lends itself to bold materiality and exceptional fabrication and is constructed around a seamless ring of LED light, creating a warm and functional floating lighting loop, whilst the mesh dome acts as a reflector, which reflects light into the space.
The Mesh Space Wall Light and Mesh Space Ceiling Light designed by Flynn Talbot were released at New York Design Week 2015 and compliment the existing Mesh Space Pendant Light within the collection.
Flynn Talbot operates a specialised lighting design and light installation studio from Perth, Australia. Talbot’s work begins with the consideration of the “light effect” first, and each project is crafted around this concept. Every decision and detail is made with the quality of light and user connection in mind, which is a strong point of difference in his work.
The Mesh Space Ceiling Light is a good option for interior spaces that have low ceilings and other areas where suspended pendant lighting isn’t feasible. In this instance, the brass dome floats horizontally to create an even spread of light on the surface below. Both new designs feature an additional LED dimmer, which is contained within the base for easy installation on new and retro-fit interior projects.
We’re excited to announce the launch of BAUX’s ingenious acoustic tiles in 3D format, which now makes it possible to work in three-dimension when designing acoustics for small-scale spaces.
Architects and designers are increasingly concerned with improving the acoustics and sound quality in rooms of various sizes and shapes, without reducing the visual experience. In smaller rooms, compressed hallways and limited spaces, sound differs considerably from larger rooms. The sounds may cause fluttering echoes, room modes and early short sound reflection. By adding a another dimension of depth and breadth, the BAUX 3D Pixel Tiles will absorb unwanted sounds and create a more pleasant environment.
The tiles are available in three thicknesses (25mm, 50mm and 75mm), five patterns and twenty colourways, all of which have been designed to work in unity, so you can mix and match to create any soundproofing pattern you like!
Check out the feature video below – Andreas Lübeck x Daniel Wallberg (a.k.a. Smutskatt) testing out the new Baux 3D Pixels. Andreas Lübeck is a photographer and visual artist and Smutskatt is one of Sweden’s most prominent and creative beat makers.
A special toolkit has been developed for architects and designers to personalise patterns in whatever combination you desire. If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to be sent the toolkit please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0151 363 0544.
It lights, it charges and lets face it, it looks cool; its design is very simple yet there is almost a futuristic feel to it. This year it won the Red Dot Design award for its quality, high-class design and the fact that no other product on the market combines form and function as Cubert does.
The Cubert, by Colbrook Bosson Saunders, uniquely combines the ability to power and charge portable devices with a touch-dimmable LED light. Cubert features two mains sockets, two smart USB ports and the ability to recognise the principle device, which in simple terms means that when both ports are in use the first device to be plugged in will be given primary charging provision. Cubert uses high efficiency, long life LEDs that ensure an even distribution of illumination.
Örsjö are famous for their collaborations with product designers, including the likes of Note Design Studio, Benjamin Hubert, Joel Karlsson and Norway Says. Their specialist lighting is a Form favourite, we love how aesthetically unique their products are and not only that but they’re functional and versatile too and can be suited to a variety of interiors.
They’ve recently shot new branding images to showcase some of their new designs as well as some of their brand staples. The Hobo pendant light by Gustaf Nordenskiold was released this year and takes center stage in some of the images. The Hobo is created from opaque blown glass and brass and takes its name from the old handicraft ‘luffarslojd’; in the olden days, hobos would make metal crafts in Smaland, where the Swedish glassworks began and take refuge near the heat of the furnaces.
BAUX is an acoustic construction material that meets the contemporary expectations of designers and architects, without compromising on aesthetics, safety and environmental standards.
The panels are constructed of an environmentally-friendly, recyclable material made from wood wool, cement and water. The natural components combined together provide excellent sound absorption, moisture-regulating qualities and heat-accumulating capabilities. With twenty colour-ways, six shaped tiles and 5 patterned panels to choose from, the combinations are endless!
Here’s a round-up of our favourite inspirational walls and tips on how you can mix and match the products to re-create your own wall:
Bring the outdoors in and create your own biophilic design with careful placement of the Hexagonal Tiles with just three colours.
Multicolour in NCS 3050-R90B, NCS 3040-R10B, NCS 0530-B10G.
Like a giant magic eye picture, create your own optical illusions with a considered mix of Parallelogram Panels, and Square and Triangular Tiles.
Multicolour in NCS 9000-N, NCS 7502-B, NCS 2502-B, NCS 0300-N
Chevrons, herringbone, zigzags, call them what you will – the visually striking geometric lines on the Diagonal Panels, add a dynamic design to any space.
Monochrome in NCS 3050-R90B
Get a little bit more creative with your workplace way-finding and signpost everything from reception areas to office floors and meeting rooms, using Triangular, Square and Rectangular Tiles.
Multicolour in NCS 4040-R10B, NCS S 0300-N
Considered the most restful colour for the eye, these shades of greens combined with lighter colours can help make rooms seem more expansive, brighter and airy. Design yours with Diagonal Panels.
Multicolour in NCS S 3050-R90B, NCS S 320-B10G, NCS S 2020-B70G, NCS S 0530-B10G, NCS 9000-N, NCS S 4020-G10Y, NCS S 1010-G30Y, NCS S 1020-G
Like a true piece of art, this intricate pattern features no less than 12 colour-ways across the Square, Parallelogram and Triangular Tiles. Piece of cake!
Multicolour in NCS S 6020-B, NCS S 3050-R90B, NCS S 4040-R10B, NCS S 5020-Y90R, NCS S 7502-B, NCS S 3020-B10G, NCS 3040-R10B, NCS S 2030-Y40R, NCS S 1020-G, NCS S 0530-B10G, NCS S 1030-R10B, NCS S 1510-R40B
For further information, pricing or for a link to download the BAUX Architect’s Toolkit please contact us by email at email@example.com or call 0151 363 0544.
Form are excited to announce the arrival of the Ex.t Fuse lighting range to our portfolio of contemporary furniture, lighting and interior accessories.
Ex.t is a Florentine brand with a mission to ‘create design objects that are beautiful and original’ through the use of artisan techniques and materials. The products are created by mixing the international visions of designers from across the world – who include the likes of Note Design Studio – with their Italian knowledge and the handcrafted techniques of Tuscan ateliers. What we find most interesting, is that the company is composed entirely of a female team.
We first spotted the Fuse pendants when visiting the FineFoods bistro in Stockholm. Note Design Studio was commissioned to design the FineFoods interior, which was inspired by a photo series of the misty death valley by photographer Jordan Sullivan. The ceramic pendant lights blended perfectly into the clean, calm, yet inspiring bistro environment. If you’re taking a trip to Stockholm, we highly recommend visiting FineFoods to enjoy the Swedish meatballs with lingonberries and mashed potatoes!
You can also read our insight on the FineFoods interior ‘Death Valley Comes to Stockholm’ here.
For further information, pricing or CAD blocks on the Fuse collection please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 363 0544.
We praised Danish speaker manufacturer Vifa when they launched their highly-praised wireless Copenhagen speaker, and now we’re about to do it all over again, as their latest wireless hi-fi system ‘Stockholm’ launches.
Vifa has been supplying the high-end audio market since the 1930s, with the finest speaker parts that are designed and built to last. The philosophy focuses on creating devices that produce the best sound possible, combining technical expertise and craftsmanship with the understated aesthetic of Scandinavian design.
Vifa Copenhagen marked the release of the brand’s first complete audio system, which is both a portable and wireless loudspeaker, offering intuitive user experience and, naturally, state-of-the-art sound. ‘Copenhagen’ has already been awarded with two internationally recognised awards – the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award (both in the category of ‘Best Product Design’) highlighting it as the ultimate device for anyone who values design, just as much as great sound.
Vifa Stockholm was released next and looks equally at home in an office boardroom, reception or hotel lounge, as it does in the home, thanks to its clean lines and elegant simplicity.
Both systems look more custom-made than mass-produced, beautifully covered in a fabric grille produced by leading Danish textile manufacturer, Kvadrat. The high-quality wool fabric which shelters the components is extremely lightfast and resistant to pilling and is produced through an eco-friendly manufacturing process.
Arper’s latest ‘Soft Tech’ approach seamlessly fuses technology into an object’s design, so that all we are left with is the experience. Soft tech, which also means “low tech” or “no tech”, naturally integrates technology so that it is invisible, intuitive and silent, whilst not limiting human interaction.
This highlights that technology gives us the flexibility to work from almost anywhere and that a lot of the time, technology is invisible for our convenience. Arper also focuses on the ongoing evolution of the way we live and work today, recognising the importance of incorporating a work-life design approach into the contemporary workspace. Basing their design for Kinesit on this philosophy, they have created a task chair that incorporates simplicity in its design, yet adaptiveness in its functions.
The Kinesit collection is Arper’s first office chair that is 100% compliant with regulatory requirements; to name a few features, this means that the chair’s seat and back is fully adjustable and is offered in three different heights, and there is also the option of 2D armrests. The most impressive feature is the built-in self-tensioning weight response mechanism that has been developed in cooperation with experts at Donati Spa (a planning and construction company in Italy). This means that the Kinesit will automatically respond to the weight and pressure of the user and allow for synchronised movement. Aesthetically, none of the mechanisms are visible as they are completely integrated into the chair, and natural comfort is achieved thanks to the comfortable, light and liveable form.
The Pod Chair by Benjamin Hubert for De Vorm is a privacy chair for breakout areas in workplaces or hospitality spaces. The shell of the Pod is made of a felt material manufactured from PET (also known as polyethylene terephthalate) and shaped through compression moulding. The design of the Pod reduces many traditional production steps to one smart 3D pressing technique and the shell of the chair is the largest form ever produced utilising this technology.
The PET felt used in the production of the Pod chair is made out of used plastic and recycled bottles. The collected PET bottles are turned into a soft, yet strong felt material, which is durable, UV stabilized and boasts great acoustic performance. PET felt has its own characteristic aesthetic, as well as sound dampening properties to increase the sensation of privacy within large or crowded spaces.
“We believe PET Technology is one of the answers to ecological sustainability and environmental quality requirements in contemporary interior design.”
BAUX (aka Träullit Dekor) explores two of the world’s oldest building materials, combined to create unique acoustic wall panels that are light-weight, flexible and eco-friendly. The combination is simple and ingenious, resulting in a recyclable material made from wood wool, cement and water.
The wood wool is manufactured with zero waste in the forests of Småland, in Sweden, where local spruce trees supply the timber. Wood fibres give the product a heat-insulating, heat-retaining and sound-absorbing structure, whilst the cement is used as a binding agent and provides strength, moisture resistance and fire protection.
The idea behind BAUX was to use materials that would normally be hidden, such as sound and heat insulation, and rework them as elements that can contribute to a visually appealing and structural design feature.
“The acoustic panel collection inspires us to create holistic interiors at scale. By using large patterns, we can integrate empty walls and open planned spaces in both a practical and emotional way.”
Below is a visual documentation of the start to finish manufacturing process, which starts in the southern Swedish woodlands just outside Österbymo and finishes with the binding process at the factory nearby:
For over 30 years, Mitab has been one of Sweden’s leading furniture brands. With its roots in the town of Tranås in Småland, an area long associated with furniture manufacturing, Mitab’s design philosophy is built upon a curious nature and a youthful energy, combined with some simple and honest Swedish craftsmanship.
Employing some of the leading design talents of today, Mitab choose to work with young, creative and talanted designers who share both their curiosity and ambition. The current roster of designers includes the award-winning design studio Form Us With Love, Note Design Studio and Joel Karlsson, with recent projects spanning Google, H&M, Skype, Sony and Volvo.
One of our favorite Mitab products with a story to tell is ‘Button’ by design trio Form Us With Love.
The Hood pendant is an ideal solution for open plan environments, functioning both as a light source and a sound barrier, helping to create a more intimate space in the contemporary office landscape. It’s modular structure means that Hood can grow according to need.
The modular, compressed-felt lamp shades are designed to create a cosy environment around a table and come in shades of black, dark grey, light grey, sand and red.
Seams folded outward around the edge of each panel are then connected with small pegs to form the Hood modular lamp shades. Three different sections are used to create the shades: four corner panels are attached to create a dome, then the shape can be extended by adding curved side or flat top sections.
These formations create vaulted coverings that are circular, oblong or chamfered-square shapes in plan. The light sources are covered in acrylic domes that hang from thin wires connected to the ceiling, wherever four sections meet.
Clever stuff by the team at Form Us With Love for lighting company ateljé Lyktan.
The Hood modular pendant is a sheltering lamp that creates both room and light.
“Open areas become the ultimate flexibility, but emotionally it is not always preferred. In Scandinavia, most offices are too bare and you only have your laptop screen as your protective shield. Hod is built around the emotional value of a shelter, where the intimate room is protected, letting you keep the landscape view.”
After a recent visit to Stockholm for the annual Furniture and Light Fair, we had the chance to pop over to the stunning Nobis Hotel on Norrmalmstorg square in Stockholm’s city center. The Nobis Hotel was designed by world-renowned Swedish architect studio Claesson Koivisto Rune and is breathtakingly beautiful in every way.
On arrival we spotted so many of the classic furniture and lighting pieces that are available at FORM, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to share some of them with you.
To start with, we set our sights on the family of Baklava lamps which were specially developed for the Nobis Hotel by Örsjö, a Swedish lighting company with its roots deep in the southeast corner of southern Sweden. The Baklava floor lamp was spotted alongside the over-sized Great White wall light, also by Örsjö and designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune themselves.
More Örsjö lighting was spotted whilst we were enjoying lunch, this time it was the Aria floor lamp in the dining area. This elegant floor lamp was designed for Operakällaren (the iconic restaurant at Stockholm’s Opera House) when it was renovated in the beginning of 2000. The design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune also designed everything for the interiors of the restaurant and Örsjö produced a special new model of Aria in stainless steel. The shade is manufactured in a textile mesh, which gives it an interesting and tactile aesthetic.
We are very excited to announce that OSTRICHPILLOW® products by Studio Banana Things are now available at FORM.
It’s neither a pillow, nor cushion, bed or garment, but a bit of each all at the same time.
Designed by architects Kawamura-Ganjavian and handcrafted in Spain, the Ostrich Pillow offers a micro-environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease, without the need to leave your desk. Its ergonomic design and cocoon-like interior shelters and isolates both your head and hands, offering perfect conditions for a creative power nap to boost productivity and focus.
Taking a nap in the office has never been so easy.
And, if you fancy taking a nap in something a little bit more low key, the Ostrich Pillow Light has been designed to be portable, comfortable and totally adjustable. Take it with you everywhere and recharge whilst on the go.
Also now available for kids! Check out our online shop for the Ostrich Pillow Junior, which is suitable for children aged six and over.
Technology is a subject that not only has profound implications for the way we work, but is also redefining our relationship with the way we design and interact with our surroundings.
As well as presenting designers with the challenge of visual privacy and acoustics, emerging technologies also present the opportunity to design for the use of third spaces, break out areas and public/private environments that people can move to with their mobile devices. The consumerisation of IT in the workplace is also a factor driving change, with the rise of BYOD (bring your own device) encouraging employees to use their personal technology within the workplace to improve productivity and satisfaction.
Normally, when you think of insulation, you think of ugly foam stuffed into the nooks and crannies of old walls. But today we’re seeing blends of wood, wool, cement and water — as graphic wall art that is also insulating and soundproof.
Good design focuses on all of our senses and in particular, those two that are most closely associated with our ability to work more efficiently – sight and hearing. Every day we’re surrounded by sound, which is why the acoustic environment is playing an increasingly important role in the design process of offices and public spaces.
Noise and visual distraction can have a direct impact on staff health and productivity. Providing the optimum level of acoustic performance is never an easy challenge which is why it is important to ‘help’ surfaces and spaces in the best way possible to create a pleasant acoustic environment, in which staff can stay both creative
One of our latest obsessions is with Swedish industrial design studio, Form Us With Love. BAUX, their latest venture, explores two of the world’s oldest building materials, combined to create unique acoustic wall panels. The combination is simple and ingenious, resulting in an environment-friendly, recyclable material made from wood wool, cement and water.
The material structure reduces reflection of sound, absorbs sound and dampens noise and contributes to restful acoustics in residential buildings, industrial premises and public spaces. BAUX acoustic panels meet the contemporary expectations of architects, engineers and builders, without compromising on safety and environmental standards and can be combined to create beautiful
patterns that can be mounted magnetically or fixed with glue.
The Lean lighting range designed by Jenny Bäck for Örsjö was originally a special commission for COS stores worldwide, but as a result of the successful commission, its popularity forced a modified floor lamp version into standard production.
The Lean floor lamp (pictured below) is one of three designs in the series and is characterised by its leaning stance, found in the gradual decline of the supporting arm.
The steel shades are produced in powder-coated metal (black or white) and the tripod frame in rough brass, giving it a slightly retro feel, whist the industrial rubber hand-grip gives it a contemporary edge. The rare addition of a piece of plumbers hose provides an interesting contrast and clever use of modern materials.
The other products in the Lean family include the pendant lamp, wall light and desk lamp.