Rotterdam-based architecture firm OMA has worked together with UniFor to create PRINCIPLES. The fundamental concept of PRINCIPLES is to provide furnishings that can be used by anyone, at any time, to best support the flow of operations and communications required by the contemporary workplace. PRINCIPLES was awarded with iF Design Award.
The collection is composed of more than one hundred elements. In the sizes S, M, L, and XL and organised by families. These can be configured in limitless ways for working in groups or independently. The elements, which provide for multiple and diversifiable functions and applications, have been designed to give form to every type of space, be it for working, waiting, meeting, relaxing, or any combination of functions. Conceptualized as an interior micro-architecture, each space has its own identity differentiated by forms, colours, and dimensions. Each piece in the collection has been specifically designed to ensure the flexibility of the workplace. And to offer a maximum level of functionality for the convenience of its users. The desks and tables have double-layered surfaces for multiple uses such as eating, working, and organizing.
Highly functional furniture
The furnishings are fully wired, giving users the flexibility to work anywhere in the office, while soundproof materials are incorporated into their design for elevated acoustic performance. Exploration of technology and materiality is integral to the development of the collection. Fabric for high-tech sportswear, extra-thick colour core laminates in carefully selected tones, and specially designed microperforated sheet metals for acoustic performing surface have been deployed to create the highly functional furniture.
Unifor and OMA initially collaborated on the design for the OMA-designed Axel Springer Campus in Berlin. The pieces have been reengineered and optimized into a highly modular and customizable collection. The resulting collection combines OMA’s design ideas with the precise application of UniFor’s technical and manufacturing expertise.