Like many leading designers of modern furniture, Daniel started as an architect. Baden, Switzerland, is the vantage point for Daniel`s perspective, and is the place where he and his wife, architect Susan Korb, operate Korb+Korb, which they founded in 1989.
Since then, his design expertise has broadened and his inspiration refined. In 2009, Daniel started xchange with Sydney-based architect Anthony Kotarac as a globally-operating platform to exchange ideas, experience, and knowledge. Both share a passion for high quality and well-designed furniture.
Today Daniel is synonymous with system thinking and a holistic view.
As a reference point we did ask ourselves how would a 21st Century Bauhaus address the office today. How would an attractive yet affordable solution look? Using standard tubes and a state of the art manufacturing process became the foundation. A visually and functionally simple table for eating, meeting and working was the goal. In the developing design process, KORE evolved into a full table system for benching with an additional set of mobile tools providing privacy, media integration, and solutions for learning and training. We envisioned a table that would fit into today`s environments for work and living. Together with Kimball it turned into a complete offering.
KORE addresses a variety of needs and offers choices. As it is based on a simple yet timeless aesthetic, it blends easily into different scenarios. Simplicity as a starting point together and a focus on human needs were at the core. When you design an aquarium, have the fish in mind…
Design for us is a team effort and it needs much more than an idea to make things happen and become real. Foremost it needs energy and trust that what we do is relevant. We found this energy and a forward-thinking spirit with Kimball Office. We have a common cause that we both believe in—that we can and will design the future. KORE speaks for itself it means Kimball Office - Relevant Environments.
When the time is right things simply happen.
Pam Light and John Duffy’s distinct combination of abilities set pL-D apart from other design service providers. Both partners have worked in the industry sectors that provide the means with which products and interiors come together: product design, interior design, and dealership purchasing.
Pam has a background of 35 plus years as an interior designer, including 10 within a dealership and one as an independent furniture rep. Currently her day-to-day, hands-on involvement at a major architectural interiors firm keeps their products pertinent and meeting the needs of today’s clients and their ever evolving workplace.
John, a degreed designer from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, has over 35 years of experience in product design and commercial interiors. During this time he has worked for interior design firms that specialize in hospitality, healthcare, and corporate design, with the last 20 years solely committed to product design and development. The partners’ varied backgrounds are the foundation for a design process that combines thoughtful, useful, creative, and intelligent design for the human environment.
As the lines blur between the places and ways we work today, we wanted to create a 'third place', a 'nest' if you will, that would offer multi-module adaptability and varying degrees of privacy through the options of high and low panels or walls. These walls would 'mingle' with varied seating options to provide solutions for environments of all kinds.
Pairings adapts to changing work styles and shifting work postures through a smaller footprint, while supporting varying degrees of privacy in an era of open space engagement. The Pairings product line can merge simple sofa/lounge collections with the more informal space where people work, team up, and gather, creating adaptable, lounge-based work settings that host teams and technology in comfort.
As product designers we like working with companies that have a unique combination of qualities and principals. We want to know that our products will be built with quality materials in sustainable methodologies, that the company will stand behind the product with strong customer service, that it will be well represented to the design and client community – but most importantly that the team we work with in the development of the project is as committed as we are to developing a product that will meet a users need for a deliverable, affordable product, that supports good design – and it helps if they are fun to work with! Kimball met the criteria.
The workplace is changing rapidly with new technology and changing human expectations. Thanks to the foresight and vision of Kimball’s new management team it has been made possible for fresh design thinking to explore new products that support this change.
Chris Carter graduated from the school of industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. He worked with various design firms in the metropolitan New York area, designing and working on products for clients including Century baby products, Tyco toys, Colgate Palmolive and Ford Motor Company.
Some twenty years later and as principal of Chris Carter Design, LLC, he has a worldwide client base consisting of North American, European, and Asian companies of which he is successfully designing for today. Designs of Chris' are currently being specified and used within corporate, healthcare, higher education, GSA, hospitality, and retail planning environments. His strong relationships with some of the industry’s top performing and high profile manufacturers coupled with the ability to create beautiful, utilitarian products at competitive pricing has proven a winning formula with which his clients can successfully compete among today's high standards and demands.
Tucker started out as a single chair before evolving into tandem options. I wanted to design a simple, yet elegant guest chair that depicts movement with the use of soft, sweeping arcs and tapers. This also helps to exaggerate the pitch of the chair visually which helps it appear not so static and monolithic. The intention to design this with more upholstery than most side chairs was to portray a feeling of comfort when solely viewing the chair and most importantly, to BE comfortable when you sit in it. Cost was also a factor with the use of more upholstery being that we could eliminate a seat board and the added cost of finishing the four seat rails and back rails. The specifier is given the opportunity to really showcase some beautiful coverings on this product, which typically isn't the case with wood guest chairs. The coverings can be a dominant factor of the design with this product.
I was asked later to try and incorporate this design into a tandem series. The reason for this request was to try and take advantage of integrating this design into additional markets, i.e. healthcare waiting areas, retail planning, etc.
The thought behind Abbott was to design a very contemporary chair while keeping the shapes and scale more modern; more minimalist. The scaling of the components was essential in pulling off the feeling I wanted to achieve with this series. We're pushing the envelope with this by going much thinner than normal, but at the same time we've incorporated some "out-of-the-box" techniques in joinery that aid in creating very strong joints that hold up to the contract market's BIFMA requirements. The development and testing process involved with this chair was an eye opening education regarding how the characteristics of wood and joinery can change dramatically when a new element or process is added to what is typical or standard.
The various back designs are simply options that satisfy requirements for both the day-to-day dealer sales as well as more project driven jobs.
Nash is a fresh approach to the tub chair that helps fill what I thought was a void in the current seating line. I wanted to push the envelope a bit with the play of positive and negative space both to create an interesting flow around the chair that's seen from all angles as well as to reduce the visually heavy mass that can be so prevalent in more conventional tub chair designs. It's a bit challenging in upholstery, but worth the extra effort and time when you see the results. Proportionally, it's a larger than normal guest chair. I actually have a hard time calling it a guest chair when defined under conventional guest seating proportions. To me it's in between a guest and club chair and can serve the purpose of both. This ample inside seating area allows the rounded, concave shape to comfortably embrace the user.
As our way of working changes, so do the products within our working environment change to incorporate the new needs. However guest seating is still, in my opinion, accent furnishings that can be placed in just about any environment whether in public spaces, collaborative areas, or private offices. It's not necessarily "working" furniture as is other seating products. I think there will always be a need for this type of accent furniture within interiors. The main idea is to keep these simple seating products fresh and visually appealing so they can help complement current trends in interior design.
My relationship with Kimball Office started back in the beginning of 2014 when various design concepts of mine were being considered as new introductions to the line. The group of people I've come to know within the organization are some of the most driven and accomplished professionals with whom I've had the luxury to work. The development of new product can be very challenging and even frustrating at times. But the people within the Kimball organization that have been involved with the development of my designs have been very positive, out-of-the-box thinkers that make the development process so much more fun and rewarding.
I've known and have worked with several senior and executive level managers for close to a decade now when they were at other companies before coming to Kimball Office. When these individuals' career paths led them to Kimball Office, our worlds collided yet again. It's been great to experience first hand a company that's going through so many positive changes today. I anticipate great things with these guys!
Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander are the award-winning co-founders of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking offices at Facebook, Microsoft, Aol, Yelp, Samsung, Zazzle, Levi Strauss, and many other companies. A leader in the field of workplace environments with an emphasis on “democratic design,” O+A’s expansive, open-plan offices have become a signature look for some of the country’s most forward-thinking tech innovators.
The idea behind Canopy was to give a user a work area that is flexible to the various work styles we need today. The basic 30x60 benching system in most open plan offices allow for modest flexibility. With Canopy, you can meet, go from sitting to standing, access technology, handle accessories such as monitor lifts, and provide sound dampening and give some isolation. It allows every user the ability to sit and stand. The design speaks to simple and sustainable materiality. The furniture system has a variety of configurations as well as being a simple desk.
As we have seen over the past couple of years workspace has become increasingly important to a company’s success. The human-centered elements of a workplace contribute to that success. Workstations and the accompanying pieces have not only a functional role, but are also a means of expressing a company's philosophies and sensibilities. In the same way, Canopy's thoughtful, simple design is not only functional but also communicates an expansive philosophy by bringing community and culture together in every day work.
I think Kimball is looking at workplace from a human-centered approach. Their integration of technology for ease of use carefully balances aesthetics and functionality of a product. They are a highly regarded company and are known for manufacturing quality products. Quality and engineering are characteristics that define their brand. Canopy is defined by the tech industry user which has much to do with its original design and concept.