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Standing tall Austrian-based Bene’s Cologne showroom hosted exhibition, “The Bene Kaleidoscope – Creating visions for the working environment of tomorrow”, which was followed by a presentation of the latest innovations from Bene’s design studio, including the new Pixel and Studio by Bene lines- both of which have won numerous international design prizes, including “#1 Büroprodukt 2018” (#1 Office Product 2018). www.bene.com
Help desk Designed by Mario Ruiz, Team is the new desk for workspaces from Expormim. Made of solid wood from European oaks, the modular desk allows for multiple combinations, playing with symmetrical or asymmetrical forms of the shelves in the top. The top can be customized by using natural stone or wide upholstery. www.expormim.com
Creative capital Designed to promote talent and teamwork, Capdell’s latest collections, which include the line of stalls, Droplets by Claesson Koivisto Rune, and a new version of the Libris programme, the Libris S table by Vicent Martínez, as well as the Insula integrated system and Nix chair by Patrick Norguet and the Marta chair by Gabriel Teixidó. www.capdell.com
Light bulb moment Swedish-based Wästberg presented two new lights in collaboration with Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of London-based Industrial Facility and Berlin-based Dirk Winkel. Hecht and Colin’s w182 pastille is a pure disc of light that softly illuminates via rotation. Winkel’s w181 Linier is a pendant luminaire that houses 432 ultra tight-packed individual optical systems. www.wastberg.com
Working from home The Valencian company Omelette has created its first collaborative collection: The Mediterranean Collection. Its table, a chair and sofa have been crafted by three studios: Iratzoki-Lizaso, Isaac Piñeiro and La Mamba. Each piece follows its own line of design, but their common features create a link between them, like different members of the same family. www.omelette-ed.com
Take a seat Technological innovations, materials of the future and friendly designs at the service of wellbeing are the characteristics that define these chic new seats from Actiu. Karbon is made of extremely lightweight carbon fibre. The new Talent and Power tables, the Whass and Trim chairs, join the new Noom soft seating system. www.actiu.com
Workplace poetry Pedrali’s ‘Poetry of Element’s exhibition – inspired by a blank sheet of paper - was designed by the Milanese architectural Studio Calvi Brambilla. Within this dynamic space, they launched five new products: BOXIE: Design Claudio Dondoli – Marco Pocci ELINOR Executive chair: Design Claudio Bellini YPSILON: Design Jorge Pensi Design Studio TEMPS Executive chair: Design Jorge Pensi Design Studio RAY Coat-Hanger: Design Pio e Tito Toso www.pedrali.it

This month, Cologne’s inimitable office furnishings trade fair brought launches that embraced the new, fluid boundaries between work and home. With design that to inspire wellness and creativity, these top brands are the future of the contemporary workspace.