In today’s digitalized world, offices need to be appealing and healthy environments in order to attract and retain talented people. Keeping ecological footprints in check is also a priority, which is why 80% of the mesh on AT Mesh’s backrest frame is made of recycled polyester. The positive effects of Trimension® on health, wellbeing and mental agility have been borne out by three scientific case studies.
AT’s modern aesthetic also sets a new standard in office chairs. All transition points have been carefully modeled with an attention to detail so that the frame looks organic. Picking white for the seat and backrest shell and frame components increases the choice of designs for different environments and conjures up especially fresh looks with an almost homelike appeal.
range 170 - design by wiege
In today’s busy office environment we all spend long periods of time in hunched positions at our desks. Bizarrely, despite being bad for our bodies we choose to adopt a lazy posture. What the human body actually requires is frequent and a varied range of movements. Wilkhahn understands this key principal of ergonomics which is why we have developed Trimension® for the ergonomic ON chair. This unique tested feature is a patented technology for three dimensional, synchro-adjusted dynamic seating. Trimension® doesn’t just encourage forwards, backwards and sideways movements, but the pelvis to rotate too - which is so important for the spine’s stability. Two
separately moveable swing plates, just like two thighs, lie at the core of the technology. Minimal shifts in weight are already translated into movement. The position of the pivotal points and the way they work are exactly like knee and hip joints. As a result, the body’s equilibrium remains in perfect balance – no matter what posture it adopts or the way it moves. This new dimension in seating quickly becomes something that’s -taken for granted. Backache is effectively prevented and the metabolism, muscles and joints are stimulated.
From 3D sitting to 3D leaning to standing in one fell swoop
Case studies on Wilkhahn’s free-to-move-office chairs show that well-being and mental agility improve the more diverse the range of movement and more frequent the change of posture are. Therefore, in addition to 3D-dynamic movement in office chairs, height-adjustable tables are becoming the new standard in offices where a premium is placed on health and people are encouraged to alternate between sitting and standing. The challenge: most of us don’t take up this option because getting up from a normal seating height and adjusting the table height are both too time consuming. Consequently, changing posture always means interrupting what we’re doing.
Which is exactly where the latest ON office chair range with its elevated sitting position (ESP) and variety of design options comes in: the models can be used as standard office chairs with full 3D-movement capabilities but can also be adjusted to a seating height of up to 62 cm. The elevated sitting position also provides new additional features: if the patented forward seat tilt is activated, the office chair turns into a dynamic object to perch on while still allowing users to lean on the backrest.
Design: Klaus Franck, Werner Sauer, 1980
Over 35 years ago two young designers at Wilkhahn recognized that sitting still cannot be healthy. Both of them wanted to give adults their natural mobility back.
Following intensive studies, they developed the FS-Line, a chair that revolutionized the office furniture industry. Since then, we have produced 40 variations of this chair. Millions of these have been sold worldwide; they have been inundated with awards and have often been imitated - but not very successfully.
The principle is quite simple: the highly flexible seat shell adjusts automatically to any change in posture. The technical term for this is: "automatic synchro-adjustment". We call it "Sitting without a driving licence."
Minimal materials.Maximum transparency. Simple to use.
This range is an ingenious combination of lightweight furniture that is comfortable at the same time. So what could be more logical than to add a visitor and standard office swivel chair to the concept? The visitor swivel chair has a flat, four-arm star base and the transportable, height-adjustable office chair has a vertically aligned, fivestar, diecast aluminium base. Similarly to the swivel pedestals, they are bright chromium plated and therefore particularly robust. Both models have a contact suppression feature and are very flexible. As a result, they are very comfortable for a range of applications, for meetings, discussions, showrooms, reading rooms, Internet cafés or at your desk at home.
For Wilkhahn, designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub have come up with a chair and table range which is perfectly coordinated with one another. It’s called Occo. Occo combines enormous versatility and a vast choice of design options with a clear and immediately identifiable design language. The special shape of the recesses in the back and sides allows chairs to be stacked (when a chromeplated, four-leg metal frame is chosen) and superb seated comfort is also delivered at the same time. The seat itself is very rigid, but the back is exceptionally flexible due to its shape and the different thicknesses of the material.
The characteristic shape of the seat and backrest shell mirrors the letters that Occo owes its name to. Viewed from the front, the chair looks like an O and from the side it resembles a C. Four frame types, three types of cushioning and six shell produce a total of 72 variants that respond to virtually all functional and design requirements.
The Occo 221 chair and table range, designed by Jehs + Laub, is versatile and suitable for a wide range of environments including meeting, cafeteria and conference spaces. The original Occo multipurpose chair features armrests and a distinctive, enveloping shell, is available in six colors, four frame types and four upholstery options. It’s new sibling, Occo SC (Side Chair), is a welcome addition to the 221 range. The Occo SC includes both four and five star base models and is available in all of color and upholstery options to match its bigger sibling.
The cushion covers come in different textures and colours and the through-dyed polyamide seat sections and frames are also available in a total of six colours. The spectrum covers black, white and grey to grey-beige and orange-red to blue-grey. The bright chrome-plated frame can be combined with all the colours. Up to six Metrik cantilever chairs can be stacked on top of one another in this version.
Minimal materials. Maximum transparency. Simple to use.
Wilkhahn’s Aline range, designed by Andreas Störiko, sets a standard for multi-purpose rooms and informal communications areas. At the heart of Aline lies the multipurpose chair with a design that is both coherent and innovative. The seat and backrest are made of strong plastic and the chair has a stylish, bright chrome-plated round steel rod skid base. The result is a piece of furniture that is lightweight, stable and with materials reduced to the max. The flexible design and colour-matched high-efficiency fabric covering, combined with the holes to keep your body cool at the back, make sitting on the chair both relaxing and comfortable.
Prestigious. Energising. Dynamic.
Lack of physical activity in offices is considered the main reason for back pain, headaches, fatigue and other complaints in the modern world. At desks or in conference rooms – the majority of office work is sedentary. Which is why, in addition to dynamic seating, alternating between standing and sitting is becoming increasingly important. Getting up and standing for a time while working pays dividends. Especially when your body’s seized up and your creative powers are stalling. And the same applies the other way round too. If meetings at high tables drag on, sitting down in between helps take the pressure off.
Consequently, the standalone tables (71–118cm (28"–461/2")) with electrically height-adjustable frames perfectly complement the impressive Travis conference table system. The rectangular shapes (90x180cm (353/8"x707 /8"), 100x200cm (393/8"x783/4")) are ideal as desks or as conference tables. And a sitting-down meeting with eight people at the barrel-shaped table (80/100x230cm (311/2"/393/8"x901/2")) can quickly become a standing-up one.
Flexible offices are all about understated tables that allow you to work, hold meetings around, study at, have meals or spread out party fare on…Large and small, compact or long versions are required, or in other words all-rounders. Table range Conversa has been developed to respond to these demands. With its square table legs and narrow edges, Conversa is suited to professional backdrops. The stylish profiles are achieved by applying top-class materials. Underframes and table legs consist of very strong steel tube and the connecting elements are made of die-cast zinc. Therefore, table formats of 75x75 to 200x100, or also the particularly versatile format of 160x160 centimetres, are possible. The result is a good-value desk for two, a table for a project group, or part of a conference system.
Coated or bright chrome-plated frame surfaces, directly coated, laminated, or veneered wooden panels offer a wide range of design options. The tables might be used in offices for one, project or recreational rooms, for seminars and meetings, or even in prestigious conference facilities or executive offices.
Contas is an intelligent, superior and durable furnishing solution that quickly pays dividends. The clarity and quality of this sophisticated table system’s design is impressive. It cuts an equally fine figure in conference rooms and highlights the importance of the occasion. Contas also offers attractive cost benefits in terms of facility management. Contas can adapt to different numbers of participants, course methods and room shapes. Tool-free assembly turns the table systems into single tables, linked rows or grouped into horseshoe shapes or blocks in no time. The patented interlocking mechanism and the clever integration of all functions save time and money. The frame is bright chromium plated, with a choice of laminate, veneer and linoleum tabletops.
The chair and sofa range blends a prestigious appeal with exceptional design and comfort that’s second to none. The stylish aluminium frame with curved cross sections and organic transition points form the characteristic contour around which cushioning of the cube-shaped seat body appears to envelop itself. The upholstery’s thin and flat on the outside, with a defined curve on the inside. It looks soft, but is firm and offers comfortable support for different seating positions. With their classy covers, the cubes look as if they’re wrapped in one piece of fabric. They form an exciting interpretation of traditional shapes, combined with clear precision and a relaxed appeal. The extremely tough, four-legged structure makes large spans possible. The range offers stand-alone chairs that are very compact or in normal widths, as well as two- and three-seater sofas and upholstered benches. There is a choice of high-quality textiles and exclusive leather for the covers. The low tables have been designed to match. The bright chrome-plated, matt-polished or coated frames support the tabletops made of veneered wood, or of single-pane reinforced glass coated on the bottom in black or white.
636 range: Design: Wolfgang C.R. Mezger
The modular table range combines seminal forms and high quality with customised variety of design and room usage. The classily stylish frame looks seamless and underscores the exceptional high-quality, airily light look of the configurations.
The table frame and top are cleverly connected by a bayonet lock, allowing the tables and table systems to be set up, extended, made smaller or dismantled again in no time – without any tools or loose connecting parts. Rectangular, semi-barrel, trapezoid, semi-trapezoid, rounded 90° corner and 90° circular segments with various table depths offer the right solutions for any size of room, number of attendees and type of conferences. What’s more, they come with surfaces and in colours to match the space concerned.