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HÅG Tion by Flokk — The Workplace Chair for Everywhere

1.13.2022

As we begin the new year and return to work, the office, in all of its current forms is top of mind. I’m hoping this is the year that I finally update my home office desk, and I’m always on the lookout for innovative new chairs to share with you, as I believe this is such an important element to get right. Based in Oslo, Flokk is the leading manufacturer of high-quality workplace furniture in Europe, with products sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. Created especially for the new working landscape and staying true to a long tradition of design collaborations, the new HÅG Tion chair is the product of an extraordinary four-way joint effort between the Flokk in-house design team, and a trio of revered design studios: Oslo’s Anderssen & Voll; Swiss designers BIG-GAME; and London-based Norwegians Hunting & Narud.


In the age of distributed working, today’s workforce operates from dedicated home workspaces, dynamic office environments and, in many cases, both. Helping to navigate different settings the HÅG Tion chair can sit effortlessly in any type of workplace, whether that’s a kitchen-table hotdesk, a dedicated workstation, or a traditional office situation.

This flexibility is thanks to a huge range of options for colour and material customisation, combined with a lightweight construction that makes the chair easy to manoeuvre between spaces. A single seat, for every setting. 

“There is such a huge demand for a chair that fits in with your life, does not take up too much space and works just as well in your home office as in an actual office.”– Oscar Narud, Hunting & Narud



Following extensive research into modern workspaces and home-working behaviours, the international team developed a task-chair concept that was aesthetically and ergonomically refined, easily adaptable to suit any interior style, built for durability and longevity, and – thanks to its neat frame and small footprint – suited to even the most compact of home-working set-ups.

Each studio brought its own distinctive approach, perspective and skillset to the project. BIG-GAME brought their central-European sensibility and a playful touch and were instrumental in incorporating movement and flexibility into the design. Renowned Scandinavian duo Andersen & Voll offered extensive practical expertise in furniture design and a deep understanding of form and refinement. Norwegian ex-pats Hunting & Narud have a reputation for strong narratives, crafted aesthetics, and an eye for colour and material fluency. 

The influences of all three are immediately visible in the final product, combined with Flokk’s own creative vision to produce a unique chair that is also their most sustainable task chair to date. The use of colour-sorted post-consumer plastics marks a major breakthrough for the brand, allowing Flokk to broaden its plastic colour palette – previously limited to black – to include a range of different shades.



Made with energy-efficient processes using recycled and renewable materials wherever possible, versions featuring wood will be made using responsibly sourced timber, and easily removable upholstery options include a variety of sustainable fabrics, selected to meet EU Ecolabel criteria. Textiles available include both wool with finishes from Kvadrat, Gabriel, Camira and Norway’s heritage wool manufacturer Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik and post-consumer recycled polyester, chosen for their durability and longevity.

“HÅG Tion is a game-changer in its approach to material: not only is it designed to be long-lasting, easy to repair, made from recycled, recyclable and renewable resources, but the aesthetics of the materials is truly setting new standards in the office furniture industry.” – BIG-GAME


Through a combination of wood, plastic and aluminium components, the option of including armrests, and upholstery in a wide range of colours, styles and finishes, the HÅG Tion provides freedom to create designs that suit personal style or any interior environment.

“HÅG Tion is a chair that should not feel too corporate, too sterile or too bland. So often colours from industrial products are taken from a RAL chart without a narrative. For HÅG Tion’s palette, we thought it was important to draw inspiration from domestic settings and homes. To make sure the chair could have these qualities, we have researched and studied interior colour palettes from English heritage until modern times. The result is a range of colours with a nod to domestic settings that hopefully stand the test of time.” – Amy Hunting, Hunting & Narud


As well as providing the freedom to choose colour combinations that improve focus and mood, the HÅG Tion features the trademark HÅG inBalance® movement mechanism, an ergonomic feature providing comfort while encouraging movement and variations in posture, allowing the chair to move with the user's body, helping them to stay active and mobile without compromising productivity.


As is typical of Flokk products, HÅG Tion has been designed without glue, allowing for easy disassembly, and all parts can be repaired or replaced, maximising the chair’s lifespan. A 10-year guarantee stands testament to the design’s durability, and to Flokk’s commitment to producing high-quality furniture that is built to last.

"With the introduction of colour-sorted post-consumer plastics, HÅG Tion is breaking barriers for Flokk by setting the standard for how to transfer more trash and resources astray into beautiful high-quality products. By also featuring the highest share of recycled materials in the Flokk portfolio to date, HÅG Tion is a true manifestation of Flokk's ongoing efforts to reach several of our 2030 Sustainability Goals – such as using 1,500 tonnes of recycled plastics in our products by 2025 and having 60% recycled materials on average in our entire portfolio by 2030." – Atle Thiis-Messel, Vice President, Sustainability at Flokk


HÅG Tion will be on show at Flokk’s pop-up exhibition during Stockholm Design Week on 7–13 February 2022. Visit Flokk to see the full range of colours and finishes available, and customise your own.

Images 1-4,6: Styling: Kråkvik/D’Orazio / Photography: Anders Schonnemann / Production: The Lab Cph

Imaages 5,7: Styling: Kråkvik/D’Orazio / Photography: Einar Aslaksen / Production: Pudder Agency 

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Cedarwood Apartment by Dubróvska Studio

12.21.2021

Dubróvska Studio has completed an apartment renovation on the second floor of a five-story historical building in the Lukyanivska neighbourhood in Kyiv. Despite being small, the newly modernised open-plan layout has created a spacious and airy feeling, while the exposed brick walls, original stucco detailing and old vintage piano found in Berlin maintain a sense of history.




Initially, the client requested a bachelor pad in dark hues, however, the concept changed drastically during the remodelling process. Firstly the false ceiling was dismantled, unexpectedly revealing an original stucco decoration that they decided to preserve. Secondly, the client’s marital status changed, leading to a redesign that was better suited to a couple and their cat!







The original detailing including the stucco medallion on the ceiling and the moulding around the perimeter has been beautifully restored to fit seamlessly with the new design. To unite the spaces into one large volume all inner walls were removed. Keen entertainers, the couple wanted to maximise the living room, which meant keeping the other rooms as small as possible. Access to the bathroom, which is separated by a partition of structured glass, is available from both the corridor and bedroom corner.

The interior colour scheme is centred around warm neutrals with key materials being the original brick walls, oak herringbone parquet flooring, walnut veneer dining table and black granite kitchen bench top. The kitchen’s copper facade provides a unique metallic accent which will oxygenate and become even deeper in colour over time. The Fritz Hansen Analog dining table, designed by Jaime Hayon is paired with Fredericia J39 Mogensen chairs designed by Børge Mogensen. The amber coloured glass vase is the Menu Troll vase designed by Anderssen & Voll.



To accommodate the owner’s substantial book collection and their love of reading, the studio created a dedicated reading corner with a generous bookshelf, and beautiful design pieces to provide both comfort and functionality. These include the Boomerang armchair designed by Hvidt & Mølgaard for &Tradition, the Gubi 9602 Floor Lamp designed by Paavo Tynell, and the Vitra stools side table designed by Charles and Ray Eames.




There’s also a nice story behind the old piano, which has become a key part of the new interior. While renovations were underway, the owner started learning the piano as there was one in the apartment he was renting. On a trip to Berlin, he visited a vintage market where he took photos of many different pianos and sent them to the designer, Natalie Dubrovska. She picked a model in a compact size and had it shipped to Kyiv where it is now takes pride of place in the new apartment. The paintings are by Anna Scherbyna and Alina Yakubenko from The Naked Room gallery in Kyiv. 








“ I aimed to create an apartment where you do not feel like it was newly designed, perfectly overthought, or artificial…. the place with a hidden personal history. The place where you choose to come back from the office or a long journey.” — Architect Natalie Dubrovska.







Design by Natalie Dubrovska / Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko

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Northcote House by Studio 11:11

12.20.2021

Today I’m sharing a home in Northcote, Auckland, that has been beautifully curated by Studio 11:11. The owners, who moved back to their native New Zealand during the Covid Pandemic, wanted to create a place they could quickly settle into with their young family. The Auckland and Melbourne based studio curated a selection of vintage and antique furnishings paired with more modern design classics for a slightly familiar feeling to the spaces. A natural, earthy and textural palette of finishes was used to give a sense of tranquility and comfort in their new home.









In the formal living room rounded forms of the curved sofa and marble coffee table contrast with the graphic lines of vintage pieces including an armoire crafted from dark wood and an elegant floor lamp from France. The warmth and tactility in this space is further enhanced with textile pieces including the Armadillo rug from The Ivy House and loom woven wall hanging from Public Record. The lamp on the plinth is from Studio 11:11's Collectibles series.





Carefully selected artworks and ceramics are dotted around the home injecting the spaces with a quietly sculptural and layered feel. On the dining table is the Triple Tray 2.0 in African Walnut by Arno Declercq from Simon James, and the artwork on the wall is from Public Record. The wall art sculpture in the lounge is by Ray Haydon from Sanderson Gallery.

The bedroom effortlessly fuses old and new with the ClassiCon Roattino floor lamps designed by Eileen Grey, bedside tables by Città, and a vintage dresser from John Stephens & Company. The ceramics are by Julie Cromwell from Sanderson Gallery.





Photography by James K Lowe

See more work by Studio 11:11 here and here. 

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Arcos Villa by Graya

12.13.2021

Set within the palatial transformation of an early 1900s Queenslander house, Graya, Brisbane’s pre-eminent construction and interiors firm, have created a forever home for the company’s co-founder, Rob Gray, and his family. Befitting their reputation as the purveyors of subtropical modernism, the timber structure was raised two levels from its foundation to sit upon bold hyperbolic arches, ushering in a breezy sense of European ease. Fittingly called Arcos — Spanish for arches — the home’s lofty interior, palatial proportions and sweeping curves echo the grandeur of a Mediterranean inspired villa that draws upon Spanish Revival influences with adept finesse and restraint.




Given the bold scale of its architectural framework, material selections were refined to pale wheat and clotted cream shades to heighten the tactile nature of their surface finishes. Travertine paving anchors the home, ebbing around softened returns clad in rendered walls on the lower level, which effortlessly seeps into the walls upstairs. Their matte finish complements the organic envelope while surrendering to the gentle sheen of Kustom Timber’s (KT’s) New York Loft European Oak timber boards that sinuously sweep up the heart of the home – a dramatically curved staircase – to line the hallways and master bedroom.







The Australian engineered hardwood timber flooring specialists laid extra-long and ultra-wide boards from their COMO range. Purposely designed for larger homes, the boards ensure the spaces flow seamlessly by means of their plank formation and natural glow. Tonally complementing the home’s base palette, the boards also articulate the bedroom’s central bed plinth, granting the entire room a levitational quality.

“As we were blending the original home's Queenslander-style with Mediterranean themes for the new build, we wanted to retain timber flooring upstairs. We looked at all of the high-end suppliers around Australia and liked KT’s tones as they custom stain all their ranges for that point of difference.” — Rob Gray, co-founder, Graya






As with all KT’s ranges, the boards were heat and moisture treated and scratch tested prior to installation. This process ensures the perfect coating weight to guarantee peak performance. Honed polishing techniques add the finishing touch — in this instance, a low sheen UV oil and a light surface layer of Woca oil to enhance their durability and protect them from the warm rays that filter within the double-height windows.

Rob says that “Compared to previous homes we’ve lived in, the pre-finished floorboards haven’t been as hard wearing as KT’s. We really enjoyed dealing with them and subsequently, we have used them for another project (Charlotte Street), and will do so again.”

Designed specifically to weather Australia’s dry conditions, KT floors retain their original foundation with minimal seasonal expansion and contraction thanks to the stability of their multi-layer plywood construction engineering. In this instance, the luxurious solid timber planks are a generous 20mm thick.





Upon the floors, complimentary custom joinery elements with rounded profiles and minimal furniture selections conjure an air of quiet, contemplative cool. Above all, the deliberate mark of the maker is celebrated within the home, sculpting a crafted tale of artisanal vision.



To view the complete Kustom Timber collection visit www.kustomtimber.com.au

Photography by David Chatfield 

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