“Gold Award” at NeoCon 2015 – top marks for Wilkhahn’s new office chair IN at North America’s leading contract furniture show
NeoCon in Chicago seems to guarantee success for German furniture manufacturer Wilkhahn. When it premiered five years ago, office chair ON garnered the “Best of Competition” accolade. This year, office chair IN was presented for the first time and won the “Gold Award” in the “Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task” category. And in the contest between winners in over 40 categories for the “Best of Competition” title, it made the final shortlist of four. The combination of a three-dimensional, dynamic experience while sitting on the chair and its athletic look clearly impressed not just the thousands of testers all over the world, but the judges of this sought-after award too.
40 years of Wilkhahn Netherlands
In the 1960s the Netherlands were already an important market for Wilkhahn. And by the same token a Dutch designer called Friso Kramer also played a key role in design at the company. The passion for good design, as well as the company’s growing success, paved the way for the foundation of the country’s own branch in 1975. The anniversary was recently celebrated in style in Rotterdam in the form of an exhibition about Wilkhahn’s design history and with the launch of the new office chair IN.
iF Design exhibition - Stand-up on tour in China
Shenzhen is considered China’s boomtown. With a population of 15 million, it borders Hong Kong and boasts an impressive skyline of numerous office skyscrapers. One of the sights in this flourishing big city is the Shenzhen Industrial Museum which offers an overview of local industrial history. The museum is currently exhibiting Wilkhahn’s Stand-up as part of an exhibition of selected winners of the iF Design Award 2015.
Lendlease - Graph conference project in Japan
Due to stringent fire-prevention regulations, surfaces made of untreated wood are very rare in large Japanese offices. When redeveloping the headquarters of a real-estate firm, Bakoko’s architects managed to create a stylish and exclusive atmosphere with specially treated types of wood. The Graph conference range lies at the heart of the new meeting room.
Architecture Day 2015
In May this year, the renowned Pritzker Prize was awarded posthumously for the first time in its history. The accolade was given to architect Frei Otto whose stylish buildings, such as the canopy roof on Munich’s Olympic stadium, but also the four production pavilions for Wilkhahn, wrote architectural history. There will be an opportunity to look at the unique ensemble of buildings on Architecture Day at the end of June.
Teaching seating to walk
By nature our bodies are designed primarily for walking. To keep us fit, our joints, muscles and metabolism need our hips to move frequently and to employ as varied a range of motion as possible. Because our hips are our bodies’ powerhouses. Which is why over ten years ago Wilkhahn decided to teach seating to walk. It used three-dimensional kinematics to stimulate natural movement and ensure our bodies maintain their centre of gravity – whatever the posture. Trimension was developed in close collaboration with the Centre for Health at the German Sport University Cologne and has now been adapted for IN.
Special designreport on IN
Up close and personal, 3D office chair IN graces the cover of the special edition of designreport magazine which will accompany the June issue. The swivel arms on the accentuated Trimension joints connect the seat and backrest. These are one of the characteristic features that define the look of IN. designreport, a publication by the renowned German Design Council, devotes this special to all facets of Wilkhahn’s new product. The magazine includes articles on how the new 3D chair evolved, the technological highlights that are causing a stir throughout all industries and how an office-chair expert put it through its paces. The magazine also gives an insight into the movement trend which Wilkhahn is responding to in all sorts of ways, not just with IN.
There’s a good reason why Eimbeckhausen’s coat of arms includes a chair. The heart of the chair industry emerged here to the south west of Hanover in the 19th century. In 1907 when Friedrich Hahne and Christian Wilkening founded their company it was home to around 100 small and medium-sized factories. Today the company’s the only remaining local furniture manufacturer and it’s a global player to boot. Even if the company has showrooms on every continent, a visit to our headquarters is always something special and now even more worthwhile than ever. Because soon Wilkhahn will be opening two new exhibitions in Eimbeckhausen.
Wilkhahn opens a new showroom in London
Wilkhahn has been in the United Kingdom for 25 years. Now the company has a new showroom in the London district of Clerkenwell which is known as a creative area with lots of designers and artists. The showroom will open during Clerkenwell Design Week from 19 to 21 May.