Edgy office space freighter by KINZO: AIR CABINConcise and cool, clean-cut clarity – and surprisingly functional details
Berlin, November 19, 2010 – Both sculptural and elegant to the eye, but almost magically functional in its operation – that’s how KINZO’s office furniture series KINZO AIR won multiple design awards. On occasion of the international office furniture fair ORGATEC 2010, the Berlin-based architect and design team created a new highlight, presented and manufactured by bau+art: AIR CABIN is a low sideboard filing cabinet with lots of cargo capacity and distinctive design details.
An abstract, monolithic silhouette, precisely mitred edges, an integrated handle cup on the top, smooth satin power-coated MDF surfaces: AIR CABIN stands out by its edgy design, yet blends perfectly into the KINZO AIR furniture programme. Inside, AIR CABIN boasts a spacious file storage system that swallows up to 90 files and anything that could clutter the concise and cool, clean-cut clarity of the KINZO AIR office. Flush-mounted sliding doors and a state-of-the-art lift and slide mechanism add to the monolithic look and thus conceal its functionality and intricate design details on the inside. The doors can be lifted to open to their “parking position”, when closed, the cabinet looks like an abstract and massive, white block.
KINZO designer Karim El-Ishmawi comments: “KINZO AIR is an office furniture programme with a resolutely futuristic design approach. Every piece of furniture has a distinctive sculptural and architectural quality – functionality does not need to rhyme with blandness. Supersized cable ducts, steal skids instead of table legs and many other details make office work easier and more inspirational. Our filing cabinet is a logical addition to the programme. With its abstract and sleek design it can either be used as a multi-functional partition in every open-plan office, as an elegant cabinet for the executive’s office or even as a high-class sideboard in modern living rooms.”
KINZO AIR was launched in May 2008 by KINZO and Berlin-based manufacturer bau+art. Dynamic, tilted shapes resembling origami paper foldings and cantilevered elements gave inspiration to the name KINZO AIR. The double desk AIR 202 – awarded the red dot design award and nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany – displays KINZO’s signature style with its futuristic, sleek design and intelligent details. KINZO even designed a bespoke outdoor-version of the office furniture programme KINZO AIR, whose sporty-dynamic shapes seems to contradict the concrete’s heavyweight.
KINZO AIR already adorns showrooms in Berlin, Munich, London, Paris, New York and many other cities, and it inspires journalists, engineers and the manager of publishing house Axel Springer as well as the employees of the British technology provider Software Integrators Ltd.
Currently, KINZO is working at full speed on a further sporty office furniture programme for the headquarters of an internationally leading sportswear brand – project completion is scheduled for summer 2011.
KINZO is a young Berlin-based design firm, offering forceful solutions in architecture for brands, fit out, interior and product design. Founded in 1998 as a label for interdisciplinary projects with distinctive design, KINZO has most recently been in great demand for notable clients. Starting from interior projects for shops, lofts and offices, fairs and exhibitions as well as design for events and film sets, the three architects and founders of the company Karim El-Ishmawi, Chris Middleton and Martin Jacobs have become famous for their unmistakable style and their distinctive, sport and science-fiction inspired elegance. In 2008, KINZO successfully ventured into product design: Its office furniture programme KINZO AIR was awarded the red dot design award and nominated for the 2009 German State Design Price. KINZO AIR is manufactured and distributed by bau+art, Berlin. More information on KINZO can be found at www.kinzo-berlin.de
Founded in 1986, bau+art has become a competent partner for interior design in diverse places of business, exhibition designs and private living. The service range of the Berlin-based company includes high-class cabinetry, individual items for living and working environments and interior fixture. The interaction of conceptual, planning and technical competence ensures individual solutions of the highest quality. The sustainability concept is an integral part of the company's philosophy – bau+art uses 100% renewable energy, generates solar electricity and heats with their own wood waste. In addition to the KINZO AIR series, bau+art produces and develops the furniture system OZORI. More information on KINZO can be found at www.bau-art.net
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