“Starting point for future designs”:
Interview with Marcelo Alegre

Marcelo Alegre und Andrés Baldoví of studio Alegre Design Copyright: Alegre Design

At ORGATEC 2016, renowned Spanish designer Marcelo Alegre presented two new office chairs. With his studio Alegre Design, he takes inspiration from the versatility of modern working worlds. We talked with him about the fair and current demands and new developments in the design of office furniture.

Creative Hotspot:
A Review of ORGATEC 2016

Stand: VITRA, WORK,  Halle 5.2
© Koelnmesse

ORGATEC 2016 closed last Saturday with outstanding results. The leading international trade fair for the modern working world recorded a considerable increase in visitor numbers of more than 10 per cent with more than 56,000 visitors from 118 countries. The trade fair’s theme, “creativity works – new visions of work”, ran through the presentations by the exhibitors and attracted praise from architects and designers in particular.

“Work becomes multi-local”:
an interview with Rudolf PĂĽtz from Vitra

„Work“ by Vitra and partners in hall 5.2 at ORGATEC 2016
© Vitra

In its “Work” presentation at ORGATEC 2016 Vitra attends to present-day and future working worlds. Together with partners from different industries, unusual office concepts are presented in Hall 5.2. A conversation with Rudolf Pütz, CEO of Vitra, on the presentation at the trade fair, Collage Offices and ORGATEC as innovation platform.

Three questions to: Anna and Dag Klockby (Gärsnäs)

„Day“ office chair (design: Pierre Sindre)
© Gärsnäs

Premiere at ORGATEC: In Cologne, Swedish manufacturer Gärsnäs presents itself on the German market for the first time. Pieces of furniture by the tradition-steeped manufacture are to be found in almost every public building in Sweden and in many renowned offices. Three questions to the two chief executive officers, Anna and Dag Klockby, about timeless Scandinavian design and the significance of quality in today’s product world.

Versatile Think Tank:
a preview of side events and shows at ORGATEC

Trendforum: 3 Generationen im BĂĽro - Generationenvielfalt in der Arbeitswelt und dem dadurch entstandenen Wandel, Halle 6
ORGATEC Trendforum
© Koelnmesse

With its wide spectrum of products and concepts from international exhibitors, plus an excellent programme of events, ORGATEC 2016 is a versatile think tank: From 25 to 29 October, Topics to be addressed at the fair will be new ideas on the current trends of team working, digitalisation, holistic interiors and the attractiveness of the workplace. The following is an overview of what is on offer in the supporting programme.

Interview with Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz

Gunter Fleitz und Peter Ippolito
© Ippolito Fleitz Group

At the “RE/WORK – Moments of Inspiration by Ippolito Fleitz Group” show, ORGATEC 2016 presents sensuous and tongue-in-cheek scenarios for contemporary workspaces. A conversation with the renowned designers, Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz, about the concept of the special exhibition and current changes of the working environment.

Three questions to: Sabine Krumrey
(brandherm + krumrey interior architecture)

Bayer AG Leverkusen, Direktionszimmer Copyright: Joachim Grothus
Bayer AG Leverkusen, Direktionszimmer
Copyright: Joachim Grothus

Studio brandherm + krumrey interior architecture designs offices and other international projects. For the 2016 ORGATEC, the studio conceptualised the special area “The smart Coworking Lobby”. A conversation with Sabine Krumrey about the underlying concept, new demands on the working environment and the trade fair as creative platform.

Flexible open spaces:
office concept of Schenker AG in Essen

Head Office of Schenker AG, Essen/Germany Copyright: Deimel + Wittmar, Essen
Head Office of Schenker AG, Essen/Germany
Copyright: Deimel + Wittmar, Essen

Today, offices are varied and undergoing constant change. Changing forms of work require flexible environments for teamwork and a common exchange of ideas. How even larger structures can be designed both adaptable and communicative is demonstrated by a recent example in Essen: The new head office of Schenker AG provides plenty of room for spontaneous contacts and a great closeness of team and executives.

Practical eye-catcher:
creative objects for work spaces

Acoustical blinds system “BuzziBlinds” by BuzziSpace (design: Alain Gilles) Copyright: BuzziSpace
Acoustical blinds system “BuzziBlinds” by BuzziSpace (design: Alain Gilles)
Copyright: BuzziSpace

Workplaces are no longer designed in uniform shades of grey. Quite the contrary: there are no limits to creativity in the design of current office furniture. New products inspire with a design that combines functionality with extraordinary shapes and colours – in keeping with the motto of this year’s ORGATEC: “Creativity works”.