Camira is our main supplier of fabrics that we use to upholster chair seats and backrests, armchairs, softseating systems and acoustic panels. It is one of the industry's leading companies. It manufactures all fabrics in its own factories located in Great Britain and Lithuania.
- We have been cooperating with Camira for over 20 years now. We value the company for high quality of the supplied materials, well-organised logistics and continuous openness to further development – says Maria Lasek, Purchasing Department Director at Nowy Styl Group. – Camira's employees are excellent experts who help us design modern and beautiful products that are nice-to-the-touch and durable – she concludes.
Using the fabrics supplied by Camira, we create more eco-friendly products. The Synergy and Blazer fabrics are made of wool ("Wools of New Zealand") that guarantees sustainable sheep breeding. Natural farming, recycling and upcycling of materials, as well as energy-efficient production – these are the initiatives for which Camira has received the Queen's Award for Sustainable Development given by Elizabeth II.
Hettich is a German expert in furniture technology. The stop-control-plus system, which ensures drawers in our cabinets and pedestals can be pulled out safely and closed quietly, is one of the furniture elements we are provided with by Hettich.
- We treat Hettich as a partner – we know that the company listens to our needs carefully and provides us with specific solutions, however it also often offers our company innovative mechanisms that improve the quality of our products. Great utility values of the fittings, on-time deliveries and comprehensive technical support ‒ these are the reasons why we have been cooperating with Hettich for more than 10 years now – claims Maria Lasek.
Hettich also belongs to the companies that manage their influence on the local community and the natural environment. The waste recycling indicator amounting to 97% or the energy-saving building in Kirchlengern, where the company's headquarters is located, proves that Hettich is successful in its sustainable development activities.
The chairs made by our Forum Seating brand will be assembled at three stadiums being built for the 2022 Qatar World Championship in football. The other projects have not yet been finalised. The chairs will be manufactured by the company Coastal Qatar at the factory that was opened yesterday in the industrial area of Ar-Rayyan.
From the right: Nishad Azeem – Coastal Qatar CEO, Sheikh Mansour Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Executive Secretary of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy H.E. Hassan Al-Thawadi, Adam Krzanowski – Nowy Styl Group CEO and Jakub Rachfalik – Forum Seating Business Line Director.
The equipment at the Al Bayt (60,000 seats), Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah (40,000 seats each) stadiums was entrusted to Coastal Qatar and announced by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi in the presence of the Minister of Qatar Energy and Industry H.E. Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al Sada.
Stadion Al Wakrah; z arch. Zaha Hadid Architects
– I am extremely happy that, on the opening day of Coastal's new factory, we can announce the first projects that we are going to realise together. Our products will definitely be assembled at three stadiums being built for the 2022 World Championship in football. The other projects are not settled yet. The basic model of the Abacus chair will be produced in Qatar, while the range of additional products, such as the VIP armchairs, press seats and conference furniture, will be supplied from Poland – said Adam Krzanowski, President of Nowy Styl Group's Management Board, during the ceremonial opening of the factory in Qatar.
– With our partner in Qatar, we are starting a long-lasting cooperation that will allow us to strengthen our market presence in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa more effectively – concluded Adam Krzanowski.
– We are elated to be the first world-class manufacturer of stadium seats in the region and to fit into Emir's vision at the same time, according to which Qatar's economy should be diversified by 2030. The seats will be manufactured using local resources from the Persian Gulf region – said Nishad Azeem, President of Coastal Qatar's Management Board.
The Al Bayt, Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah stadiums are currently under construction. – We will start by equipping the Al Wakrah stadium. Works connected with preparing the assembly process are scheduled to start in April 2018. It will be a beautiful facility designed by ZahaHadid Architecture that will make symbolic reference to the sea – the arrangement of tribunes will resemble waves made of chairs in three different colours – blue, dark blue and white; the stadium will be covered with a roof that resembles a pearl – said Jakub Rachfalik, Forum Seating Director.
Football fans will sit on Abacus chairs, which are comfortably contoured stadium seats made of polypropylene that ensure a wide distance between rows after folding. They are resistant to various weather conditions and mechanical damages, as proven by relevant tests. The design is eye-catching – the chair was designed for Nowy Styl Group by Rebecca Stewart from the renowned architectural studio Arup. She won the prestigious FX Award for the product – a prize given for international design excellence. The Abacus chairs already provide comfort to football fans in France, Finland, Ireland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Bulgaria and Poland. They were assembled, for example, at two sports facilities built for the 2016 European Championship in football – in Nice and Lyon.
What products will be installed in the VIP sections? – At the VIP tribunes we are going to assemble higher quality chairs with upholstered pads, which we manufacture in Poland – Abacus Silver, Gold and Oscar VIP, designed by the Polish design studio Charaziak Design. We are also working on special seats for the Royal Family, but we cannot reveal any details yet. Below the seats there will be special ventilation or airconditioning holes that will cool down passionate fans during matches – says Jakub Rachfalik.
It is worth emphasising that Nowy Styl Group's role was not limited to granting Coastal Qatar the licence to produce chairs; the scope of cooperation on the construction of the factory was much bigger. – Our experts took part actively in the process of selecting and testing injection moulding machines for the production of chairs. We advised Coastal Qatar to purchase specific solutions from a manufacturer in Austria, who is a strong leader in the field and whose products are characterised by very high quality. The same models have been successfully used in our factory in Jasło for a few years now, which is why Coastal decided to choose the technology. The forms needed for producing Abacus chairs were created in Poland, especially for their production in Qatar. Our top specialists visited the factory in Qatar many times; together with Coastal's engineers, they worked on setting up the machines, starting up the production line and optimising it. It was very important to us to connect the machines in such a way that the production process would take as little time as possible – within the planned scale of production, this will be crucial. Moreover, the head of the factory in Qatar came to Poland to take part in a training course that was organised for him in Jasło. The last half year has been a very intense period of time, during which we exchanged our knowledge and shared our know-how. However, our role is not limited to the technical aspects. We are supporting Coastal Qatar in the contact they have with the investor, architects and general contractors. We are also preparing complete project documentation – says Jakub Rachfalik. – There is a huge amount of work ahead of us, but we are on the right track to achieving complete success – concluded the Forum Seating Director.
About Coastal Qatar
The Coastal Group is a conglomerate of companies with varied interests in construction, steel fabrication, galvanizing, trading in architectural products and in healthcare. The Coastal steel division has a fully equipped 20,000 m2 fabrication facility capable of manufacturing heavy structural steel. The company's galvanizing facility is the most modern galvanizing plant in Qatar; it is compliant to EN standards and has one of the largest zinc kettles in the area. The sports division has a full range of products required for outfitting sports arenas. The group is a key player in the Qatar construction sector and has been actively involved in projects for such facilities as the Qatar National Museum, Aspire Stadium, Hamad International Airport, Khalifa Stadium and Qatar Foundation.
Back by popular demand, once again this year, Mac Stopa brings his stylistic approach to the press office of Interni. In the Immaterial Dream Interni Press Office installation, Mac creates a futuristic dream world that springs from organic, three-dimensional and modular forms, experimenting with new materials and finishes applied to walls, floors and furniture. Tapa and Tauko, products designed for us by Mac Stopa, play a significant role in this exhibition.
The installation features interior design using digital technology, creating a world of futuristic 3D geometries and patterns, furniture and finishes, some whose surfaces dematerialize. Some interior elements are custom designed by Mac Stopa, while others he designed for serial production and integrated them into the design of the installation.
In the design of the press office, Mac expresses his interpretation of the theme of the Material-Immaterial Interni exhibition by creating a virtual and immaterial dimension and challenging the physical perception of the space.
About the theme of the exhibition, Mac Stopa said: - Material-Immaterial, to me, means the freedom to dream about new textures, new shapes and technologies, where the technology inspires me to design new objects, and needs for new design fuels new technology. A great symbiosis between design, technology and creation materializes in the immaterial world.
His design of the press office uses digital technology to create and manufacture new types of wall covering, carpet, reception desk, modular furniture, coffee bar and lamps, creating interiors with movement, deep textures and bold vibrant colors. By applying his 3D patterns on different materials and using different production technologies, combined with new geometries of his modular furniture, Mac brings visitors into a dream world of immaterial virtual reality.
Visitors to the press office are greeted in the blue room’s reception area at the reception desk made from mirrored glass with Mac’s Immaterial Dream 3D translucent mesh pattern, whose surface appears to dematerialize. The blue walls appear to be moving, an optical illusion created by the 3D tessellating pentagonal pattern on the wallpaper, one of several patterns in the Harmony in Motion wallpaper collection designed by Mac Stopa for A.S. Creation. Mac’s Immaterial Dream carpet pattern in blue color produced by M2 Carpets becomes a blend of colors before changing into yellow in the adjoining room, creating three-dimensional flooring resembling stretched polycarbonate mesh.
The yellow room is designated for work and integration. The entire space is furnished with Tauko chairs, Tauko modular tables and award-winning Tapa poufs, all designed by Mac Stopa for Nowy Styl Group. The tables and poufs are based on modularity and tessellating geometries, allowing users to change their functional layout on an as-needed basis. The Tapa pouf, winner of an ICONIC AWARD: Interior Innovation Best of Best 2017 for seating in the “Office and Workplace” category, is a modern solution for use in relaxation areas in offices as well as in public spaces. On the walls in the yellow room, there is a mix of 3D patterns from the Harmony in Motion collection including the pentagonal pattern in yellow color and a three-dimensional circular pattern in white color that covers the door and window frames, adding more movement and deep textures to the interiors.
The coffee bar in mirrored glass with a yellow translucent mesh pattern and the blue reception desk, both produced by Italian glass manufacturer Casali, create an amazing virtual reality effect of 3D mesh floating in the mirrored background. The Tauko bar stools are also designed by Mac Stopa for Nowy Styl Group. The press office is beautifully illuminated with Luceplan’s Hope chandelier and floor lighting and Lady Constanza lamps, as well as Immaterial Dream lamps with an organic shape and futuristic vibe designed by Mac Stopa.
During Milan Design Week (3–9 April) and throughout the following week (10–15 April), you may visit the installation at Università Degli Studi di Milano, via Festa del Perdono 7.
Mac Stopa is an award-winning architect and designer, whose work expands several design disciplines: architecture, interior design, industrial design, art, graphic design and fashion. He is founder of Massive Design, an award-winning architectural design firm specializing in corporate interiors for Fortune and Global 500 companies, designing public spaces, architecture and industrial design.
Anna Marszałek, Workplace Research and Space Planning Senior Manager at Nowy Styl Group, tells us about the five most important problems contemporary offices have to deal with and the ways to eliminate them during an arrangement process.
According to our research, ¾ of employees take into consideration an attractive look of an office before choosing their potential employer. The majority of them want to see an office first before they sign a contract. What can't a workspace lack? What are the main factors that distract employees and cause their frustration?
The size of social spaces is a problem for 33.5% of employees working in the offices we have surveyed*.
Eating is one of human basic needs. Being unable to consume a meal for 8 hours or eating meals in uncomfortable conditions causes people to experience growing dissatisfaction. Unfortunately, the majority of office canteens we analysed when carrying out our research, turned out to be too small, too dark or not equipped with the right air-conditioning.
However, a canteen, especially the one in big companies, should be a place where employees can socialise with each other and build mutual relations. Meals eaten together not only help employees get used to working together and relax, but also facilitate exchange of knowledge and new ideas. A canteen should be designed in the right way, so that it attracts employees and ensures a place for everyone who wants to make use of it.
It is important for every big company, which has enough space and financial resources, to think of a cafeteria. A smaller organisation can provide employees with a spacious canteen, where they will be able to warm up and consume their meals. A huge table at which employees can get together and talk should be a central place in every cafeteria. Another important aspect is the proper air-conditioning. At one of our clients for whom we realised a project, there was no window in the canteen and the air-conditioning was out of order. Employees had to open the door to their open space, which consequently caused all smells and loud conversations to be spread all over the place where they tried to concentrate and hold talks with their clients. A solution to this problem was to improve the air-conditioning and change arrangement of walls, so that the canteen could be fitted with a window. This aspect was crucial to employees. During the workshops we organised, they stressed their wish to have at least a dummy window in the room. After rearranging the canteen, the place became much cosier.
"Having a friendly cafeteria with great atmosphere will not only provide a relaxing environment for your employees, but will increase your business productivity. Your employees will be fit mentally and physically, helping your business and productivity" – we can read this in the "How the Office Cafeteria Affects Employee Productivity" report (Bojan, S., 2014).
Acoustics in an office is a problem for 31.6% of employees working in the offices we have surveyed*.
According to independent research presented by the portal www.bhp.abc.com.pl, 85% of employees who work in offices based on the open space concept think they are too noisy; the noise causes half of the people employed to lose concentration, while 60% of them to raise their voice when they want to hold a conversation (also on the phone). Such working conditions make it difficult for employees to concentrate and work efficiently.
Most often the sources of noise are as follows: the surroundings (e.g. sounds of the street coming into an office through the windows), the workspace (too many employees within one space, huge open spaces, or office devices, such as printers), and employees themselves (phone calls, conversations held at a desk and not in a meeting room, or teams working together within an open space). The surroundings is something that we cannot influence, however in terms of the other two aspects, there is always something we can do ‒ the workspace can be designed properly so that it minimises the noise generated, while employees can work out rules for using the office.
It is advisable to think of acoustic solutions at the designing stage. An open space with long desk rows that looks like a sewing room is not a good idea. The more varied and diverse the office is, the better acoustics we can achieve. Employers no longer care for packing as many people as possible within one open space, but they strive to provide their employees with the right conditions for carrying out everyday duties. An open space can be designed in a good way but with modern solutions in mind. Proper carpet flooring or an acoustic ceiling may not be enough. It is therefore worth implementing acoustic panels that section off particular teams, telephone booths that ensure comfortable conversations, or furniture systems with high sound-absorbing walls. In this aspect, it is advisable to trust a specialist. The cost of an acoustic consulting service is much lower than the cost of potential losses the company can generate when working in a badly designed space. Nowy Styl Group, as a supplier of space arrangement comprehensive solutions, offers this kind of service as well. An acoustics specialist will advise the client on how to choose the right place for sound-absorbing materials that will increase the acoustic comfort of a particular space.
The influence of light on employees' productivity is greater, despite the fact that employees complain about noise more often.
Lighting is the most important factor influencing employees' efficiency in an office – it plays a vital role for no less than 77% of the respondents ("Impact of Office Design on Employees' Productivity," Journal of Public Affairs, Administration and Management, 2009).
There is probably nobody who would like to work in a cellar! The lack of sufficient access to daylight may change our circadian rhythm, which means the hours during which we are energised and those during which we are sleepy. These disorders lead us to be sleepy throughout a day and have problems with sleeping at night. As a consequence, we are not productive at all. In order to avoid this, desks should not be placed farther than 8 metres from the windows.
Air-conditioning in an office is a problem for 27.9% of employees working in the offices we have surveyed*.
Direct ventilation may cause considerable discomfort, therefore air-conditioning devices should be arranged in the right way. Unfortunately, air-conditioning is often designed at the very first stage when nobody has thought of desk arrangement yet. Later on we can see at our clients that their employees cover an air conditioner with a carton. To avoid this kind of situation, it is necessary to design an interior, including its arrangement in a comprehensive way before starting a project. Only then is it possible to ensure that desks will not be located directly under ventilation.
Another important aspect is to provide employees with the possibility to change the temperature in an office – to control air-conditioning or to open the windows. In 2010 Craig Knight from the University of Exeter conducted research that showed that the greater influence on the work environment employees had, the more motivated and happier they were. They also felt stronger identification with their company and performed their tasks more efficiently. Such aspects, which are seemingly trivial, are in fact highly important to employees.
- Meeting places
Both the number of formal meeting rooms and the number of informal meeting places in an office are a problem for 26.5% of employees working in the offices we have surveyed*.
In the past, employees spent the majority of their workday sitting at a desk. Now, many of the tasks we perform require cooperation. The character of meetings has changed as well, however unfortunately office conditions are not suitable enough. There are too few meeting rooms, they are constantly occupied, or their arrangement does not meet employees' needs. People then meet at a desk and disturb other colleagues.
Offices used to be fitted with one or two huge conference halls in the past. Nowadays, the majority of meetings are held by teams consisting of 3–4 or 5–8 people. This aspect should be taken into consideration at the designing stage. An ideal solution is a research process that can be conducted by experts from our Workplace Research and Consulting Department. In order to arrange a new office properly, it is necessary to find out what types of meetings are most often held in a particular company, what their character is, how big the teams holding meetings are, at what time of a day they are held, where employees like getting together, and how the current meeting rooms are used. It is advisable to locate meeting rooms close to employees (nobody wants to go down from the fifth floor to the first one, especially if the person has a few meetings a day). Therefore, a good project based on employees' real needs and the activity profile of particular departments is necessary.
It is also worth taking a closer look at the system of booking. At one of our clients, part of long-term cyclical reservations turned out to be no longer valid, but the meeting rooms were displayed as unavailable.
In the process of designing an office, it is necessary to think about its future users. For us, an office is a place where people realise their business processes, therefore we always take these three aspects into account when arranging office spaces.
Compiled by A.T.
*Number of respondents: 2,486; number of the companies surveyed: 8