The Architecture and Design community will come together to create anything and everything… as long as it is made out of gingerbread! With a limited amount of time and supplies, groups will be asked to pull their creativity together and produce their version of a gingerbread house. Being judged for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place on design, innovation, holiday festivity and overall appearance.
For the past two years, this event has brought together the A&D community for a night of friendly competition and holiday spirit. In 2018 1st place went to Tricarico, 2nd place went to Stevens Institute of Technology, and 3rd place went to HOK. Who will be next?
Topping off our list is the award-winning Gap series from @blastation which won the NYCxDESIGN Awards 2018 in the “Tables: Contract” category. All too often, we get asked, “does it stack? In this case, yes and then some! This award-winning design by Osko+Deichmann for Blå Station proved beautiful + highly practical, therefore winning our hearts as well.
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Arenson had a big presence at NeoCon in Chicago this year. We were on a mission to find the latest and greatest, and our manufacturer partners did not disappoint.
Aspen Insurance’s 15,000 sq.ft. headquarters in Midtown East of New York, NY called for height-adjustable desks throughout their new office. Designed by the Switzer Group in partnership with Arenson and Knoll, a loop around the office feels like a tessellation of workstations broken up by private offices that flow seamlessly in function and framework.
An industry concern facing the use of height-adjustable desks is the desire for refined mechanics that achieve a cleaner look. The majority of end users want sophistication. As a result wire management is an increasingly important feature. Arenson worked with Knoll to creatively push standard Knoll product and provided a custom solution for height-adjustable systems that answered the client and architect’s concerns.
Arenson used Knoll Tone tables, which offered various options in which the mechanics could be strategically hidden, yet accessible. The slim profile and adaptability of Tone tables within Knoll systems product provided the framework where the leg could be hidden behind a custom storage piece. In return, this not only hid the mechanics, but also increased the overall circulation space for each user. This solution was then adapted throughout the office for the various workstation and private office configurations.
In addition to the workstations and private offices, the space is dispersed with conference, small meeting/touchdown spaces, and other communal areas where we provided ancillary pieces that reflect the branding of Aspen
Upon visiting Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT, one of the most apparent visual and physical experiences stems from the concept of its “river structure.” The sloping and continuous roof over the periodically programmed entities serves as an inviting journey to explore not only the building itself, but also the surrounding site. The views through the structure and the seemingly floating roof impart a continuous duality of being both inside and outside or one with nature.
SANAA, the Japanese-based award wining architecture firm, is known for rigorous attention to detail, where design units are redefined repeatedly. Every aspect seeks to serve the overall concept, which in this case lends to the spiritual and cultural center initiative of the Grace Farms Foundation.
Paratus Group, the managing owner’s consultant, offered superior capabilities in guiding the project towards fulfilling the architect’s vision. Having worked with Arenson on high profile cultural projects before, Paratus contacted Arenson for its wide range of in-house service capabilities. Sandra Radosh with the support of Linsley Lall and Linda Grant at Arenson’s Connecticut office worked with Paratus from the beginning on pricing, on-site mock-ups, storage/piece-by-piece inspection, direct contact and coordination with several European vendors, coordination and presentation of several custom pieces, to a very detailed installation and coordination process. Arenson prides itself in its attention to the experience of the furniture process and making it tailored to the client and architect’s vision.
The collaborative effort between SANAA, Paratus, Grace Farms and Arenson, is evident in the comprehensive and cohesive aesthetic achieved through the total commitment to design intent. We want to congratulate the Grace Farms Foundation and Sanaa on the success and exquisite result of their hard work and attention to detail! We at Arenson are very grateful for having the opportunity to work on this world-class project.
The Locus Leaning Seat from Focal Upright was designed to encourage an active position halfway between sitting and standing. The product rocks one’s pelvis forward at a 135-degree angle, neutrally stacking one’s spinal column and engaging core muscles. MRI studies have found that a 135-degree hip angle puts significantly less strain on the spinal disks, muscles, and tendons than the 90-degree angle of traditional seats.
The half-standing perching position of the Locus Seat was designed to take pressure off of the lower back and shift some weight towards the the feet and legs, avoiding a sedentary position. The pivoting pneumatic lift and seat move with the user, supporting small movement throughout the day.
Founded in 2012 by Martin Keen, founder of Keen Footwear, Focal Upright provides ergonomic product solutions that work within both private and collaborative workspaces. For more information about Focal Upright’s ergonomic philosophy, please click here to view their white paper.