If you read our recent post on the trend for designing plant life into office furniture, you’ll know that this is something that Swedish company Offect are particularly good at. Offect’s latest product, Smallroom by Dutch designer Ineke Hans, demonstrates this perfectly.
Smallroom is a seating system which aims to bring more plant life into the interior.
Ineke was asked to design a piece of furniture to fit into Offect’s O2ASIS initiative; a collection of design products which use flowers and plants to increase and add value to interiors. With this in mind Hans conceived ‘Smallroom’, a seating unit which is characterised by a box on one side which functions wither as a planter or as a working surface with optional power devices.
The protective high back of the sofa provides a degree of privacy and is the inspiration behind the product’s name - Smallroom. Offered with different back and side heights, the sofas can be used together in different modules or as stand alone pieces. The design works well as part of a modern office space providing areas for various types of work, conversations and meetings to take place.
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About the manufacturer: Offecct was founded in 1990 by CEO Kurt Tingdal and Design Manager Anders Englund, and is based in Tibro, Sweden. Offecct has grown rapidly to become a major furniture manufacturer that employs 42 people with sales of SEK 115 million, with more than 50% of the sales made up of exports to 55 countries. Offecct believes that qualitative, innovative and sustainable design creates interiors that have a positive impact on people - in meetings, at home and at work. Offecct works closely with some of the world’s most renowned designers.
About the designer: Ineke Hans has a degree from Royal College of Art in London and founded the design agency INEKEHANS/ARNHEM the Netherlands in the end of the 1990s. Ineke Hans works with a great number of different projects like furniture, product design and jewelry.