Simple and smart – perfect working from home
by Martina Metzner | 10/10/2014
Last year, the BuloDesigners developed Kei, a new modular desk concept with the organic form of a pebble serving as the starting point and the chaotic-harmonic overall image of a pebble beach as the architectural finishing point. Setting out from the &
lsquo;new architecture' we present an organic furniture piece that is both sober and elegant AND following the ‘playmobilisimo' trend that has greatly influenced its styling as a result of the success of the virtual world. Desks as pebble shapes are
eminently suited to create beautifully organic combinations. These new shared hubs are flexible: one, two or seven pebbles can be fitted together in a myriad of different ways and are easily regrouped. Acoustic and linked wall elements serve as a flexibl
e separation between the individual workstations. These lightweight walls are easy to move around and can be adjusted to suit all different shapes. The dividers also act as notice boards and come in fashionable powder box pink and timeless black. In devel
oping Kei, we pursued simplicity, in style and in implementation. This has resulted in a single work top shape and one single colour. A table top in lily-white with an elegant support frame in coffee bean black. The tricot fabric-upholstered dividers are
available in different colours bringing the appropriate ambience desired. To the customers, this boils down to a simple and understandable concept: one desk as a building stone in a flexible organisation. We are promoting ‘collective individuality'
, much in the same way as cells in a living organism, or pebbles on a beach.
Kei is available with a fixed height, or as an adjustable height model where individual users can adjust height using the lever. Its shape is suited to both left and r
ight-handed users. A striking element in the restrained design is the ‘black pod' that has been conspicuously nestled into place underneath the white tabletop. This felt storage space serves both as a cable duct and as a logical space to store redun
dant cables, leads and adapters. The white porcelain dish covering the pod inside the desktop conducts the cables and serves as the perfect storage space for mobile phones, keys, pens,... Eye-catching by virtue of its organic leg support, Bulo also devise
d a conference table as part of the same series, which can be made to take on different configurations thanks to its unique shape. Here too, we set out from the same basic concept: one shape, which - linked together - can be built into a larger conference
table seating four, six, or eighteen persons. A small Kei table, which can be used both as a standing table or as an occasional table, rounds off the collection. The organic form language, the materials used and the new colour all combine to enhance the
emotional ‘love your office' feeling.
The new Kei and Mtoo collections were developed using ecologically responsible materials. Bulo places a great premium on responsible forestry. All MDF used in the new collections is FSC-labelled. In
future, Bulo is aspiring to market wholly FSC-approved products. Powder coating the MDF used is also an environmentally responsible finishing technique involving little in the way of waste material. Singular and distinctive materials such as ceramics, fe
lt, polypropylene are used, both for the appeal and the emotional value they exude whilst at the same time being either Co2 neutral or 100% recyclable.
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