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How do you furnish the offices of a crypto-currency exchange? This was the task facing Japanese architecture office Ultra Studio. The products by Arper provided the perfect solution.
10/21/2019

The brief: to create a new look for the open-plan office world at Quoine’s headquarters in Tokyo. No easy task given that a physical location is not absolutely necessary for trading in digital cryptocurrencies. So Ultra Studio set out to emphasize in the interior architecture those values of the Quoine philosophy that it wishes to convey to the public, namely transparency, diversity, clarity, and a relaxed atmosphere. When it came to colors, the interior designers opted for cool pastel shades and surfaces in white and light gray. The open-plan office world is only divided by a few glass partitions for meeting areas. In addition, seating islands, groups of desks, and an open arena for presentations give employees ample opportunities to desk-switch throughout the day as they wish. Open technical ducts in the ceilings and round pendant LED luminaires create an industrial flair that contrasts with monochrome surfaces in various shades of blue.

For the furnishing Ultra Studio chose products by Arper: The chair “Catifa 46” was originally designed by Lievore Altherr Molina for the contract market and can be used very flexibly in office spaces: From the numerous options available the version with a sled-type chrome-plated frame and a monochrome polypropylene seat shell harmonizes perfectly with the industrial character of Quoine’s open-plan office. If needed, a writing rest can be added to the chair. And should the presentation arena be required for another event the chairs can be simply stacked on top of each other. In the meeting rooms you can take a seat on "Catifa 46" with a trestle base, which gives the design a particularly elegant touch.

Short breaks can be taken in the cafe bar, which takes the shape of a small island within the office world. The relaxed atmosphere of the open meeting zones is underscored by using Arper’s “Babar” stools, designed by Simon Pengelly. Here, again, Arper fields numerous versions; Ultra Studio decided the combination of stainless-steel frame and polyurethane seat shell fitted the bill exactly. Things get playful around the leafy seating island in front of the meeting rooms: The upholstered poufs of the “Pix” product family by Ichiro Iwasaki for Arper can simply be shifted around the room. Moreover, the upholstered stool element also doubles up as a small table. With its fabric cover in shades of bright blue, this eye-catching object also introduces a sense of leisure to the austerity of the modern interior design. The matching "Pix" side tables with powdercoated steel base and a round tabletop made of MDF can also be placed flexibly and are adjustable in height as required. (am)

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