Milan 2016 – Instead of working on expensive and flamboyant office furniture, Lensvelt and Space Encounters present a BORING collection that humbly blends in the working space, avoids distraction and place people at the centre: “Because it’s not about furniture”.
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“The appearance of our offices has dramatically changed over the years, as well as the way we make use of our workplace. On a side it became fancier and distracting. On the other side the looks of office furniture stayed exactly the same due to strict legislations that impose inflexible standards” say at Lensvelt and Space Encounters to ArchiPanic.
From these premises, Space Encounters decided to focus on affordable solutions that do not pretend to be more beautiful, but aim to to draw the eye to the things that actually matter: people at work.
All the BORING pieces come in a modest soft grey, while all shapes are archetypical, straightforward and discrete. The collection comprises four types of desks completed with an average office chair and simple visitors chair, acoustic panels, cabinets and even a wall clock and a bin.
Together they make up a sober and quiet family of furniture that, despite being multiplied, still manages to let the interior around them play the lead. Being affordable, the BORING collection allows also to spare some budget to purchase that one beautiful design chair.
“You can be sure any iconic design will receive all the attention it deserves as long as it’s surrounded by Boring collection” suggest at Space Encounters.
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Visual arts duo Lernert & Sander realised a short promotional film for Boring collection. “We can totally relate to the idea that furniture should not demand too much attention” Lernert Engelberts explains.
“For this project, we worked with the most iconic gesture of boredom: the attempt to throw a ball of crumpled paper into the trashcan until the clock turns five. The office people steal the scene even though they are surrounded by the designs of Boring Collection. Just like the architects intended”.
The BORING pieces were also protrayed stacked on top of each other in a shape that reminds of the iconic Carlton bookcase by Ettore Sottsas. The new series debuts with a installation featuring 150,000 paper balls made from leaflets at Ventura Lambrate during Milan design week.
All images: courtesy of Lensvelt and Space Encounters – Video by Lernert & Sander.