Nov 11 2020

Furniture systems: components of diversity

Few components, many solutions: For manufacturers and users at the same time, systems are an economical way of creating the greatest possible variety with a limited repertoire. Their dismantlability not only simplifies storage and transport, but also makes it possible to supplement or reconfigure systems once they have been purchased.

Mio from Kettnaker 

The Mio cabinet furniture system can be arranged as single furniture or in combination. The eye-catching feature of all models is a 32 mm thick front, which fits perfectly in front of the mitred body. Selected colours are available in matt and high-gloss finishes as well as matt and gloss rear-lacquered glass.

Special colours are available on request. Open-pore fine wood veneers complete the material range. The system allows many individual design options, including an asymmetrical front division. Kettnaker offers a special solution for carcasses in which multimedia and hi-fi equipment can be stowed, with well thought-out cable routing, which also ensures sufficient ventilation inside the carcass.

Mio cabinet furniture from Kettnaker © Kettnaker

U-Cube by Movisi (Design: Marine Peyre and design alliance Trickform) 

The versatile U-Cube system is is based on a u-shaped base element made of foamed polypropylene. It is assembled by a modular plug-in connection without tools: It can be used as a shelf, room divider, stool, bench or table. The module depth of 191 mm is sufficient stable for books and smaller objects.

To build a stool or bench, two or more modules have to be connected. U-Cube is available in black or white. The material of the system is very light, free of harmful substances and suitable for allergy sufferers. The elements can be completely recycled.

 U-Cube book system from Movisi © Movisi

Modular furniture system from System 180  

The System180 team has extended its modular shelving system to create a flexible furniture system for agile working environments. It is based on the grid dimension of 180 mm, which is commonly used in interior design, and flat-pressed stainless steel tubes, whose connections lie on top of each other and are stabilised with a studded disc. Open areas can be equipped with upholstery at seat height.

Special furniture elements such as a reception counter or a desk can be integrated. Supplemented by felt covered back panels, the furniture system ensures improved room acoustics. The system surfaces are made of 16 mm thick, through-dyed black MDF as well as surfaces with plain-coloured decors, which are melamine-coated. In the variant with real wood veneers, the surfaces are veneered on both sides and sealed with wood oil.

Shelf Fusion from System 180 © System 180

Trio from COR (Design: Team Form AG) 

The modular upholstered furniture system Trio was designed by the Swiss Team Form AG back in 1972. The double outer seam of the upholstery modules gives the range an unmistakable character and at the same time stands for its high-quality and elaborate workmanship.

The elements can be converted as desired, from a simple sofa to a sunbathing lawn: To do this, open the circumferential zip hidden in the outer seam, lift the cover and fold the upper mattress down to form a comfortable double bed.

Cubic upholstery elements: Furniture system Trio © COR

Sliding doors from Raumplus 

With the sliding door system from Raumplus, a bathroom and sleeping area that merges into one another can be separated barrier-free and space-saving as required. Raumplus offers two systems to avoid steps and thresholds: Floor-guided doors that run on rails recessed in the floor or ceiling-guided doors where the ceiling rail supports the weight of the door and only requires an invisible guide fitting for the floor.

There is an integrated sliding door brake so that the moving sliding doors can be stopped easily. Its mechanism built into the ceiling rail brakes even doors with heavy panels effortlessly and pulls them into the intended stopping position.

Transparent sliding doors for the bathroom © Raumplus

Kvadrat roller blinds (design: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec) 

Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have developed the Roller Blinds kit for textile manufacturer Kvadrat, which can be used to improve the indoor climate in relation to various effects of sunlight. The made-to-measure system is made of robust aluminium and textiles in a wide range of colours.

The roller blinds make it possible to specifically optimise sun protection, glare protection and thermal comfort. Thanks to a special fastening mechanism, Kvadrat roller blinds can be installed flexibly and easily indoors. The system is operated either by chain hoist, buttons or remote control.

Roller blinds for space optimisation © Kvadrat

Lighting system 3, Gera light shelf (Design: Thomas Ritt) 

Lighting System 3 is a shelf with a frame anodised in either aluminium or stainless steel colour and a surface of laminated safety glass that is mounted on the wall. It has a width of 300 mm and can be manufactured in lengths from 600 to 1500 mm or as a special length of up to 2400 mm.

An integrated LED band, which can be changed by the user, emits light upwards and downwards. The light source for the top can be adjusted and dimmed over the entire colour spectrum, while the light for the bottom shines in a warm white. Concealed sockets make the lighting system the ideal charging station for all kinds of mobile devices.  

The system concept has now penetrated into all areas of furnishing, from office furniture and luminous components to room dividers and upholstered furniture. It does not always have to be a large universal kit, sometimes systems consist of just a few components. One of their qualities also has to do with sustainability. Systems are durable and can be used in new constellations again and again. 

Author: Heike Edelmann

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