Press release -
Waka, a seating furniture to drift away on
In his second collaboration with Offecct, David Trubridge has now created an inviting, open piece of seating furniture. Waka is a place for meetings, or for rest where you can let your mind drift away for a moment.
Originally developed in Offecct Lab, Waka is now joining our standard collection. This innovative furniture, designed by David Trubridge, invites people to use it as open seating, a place for creative meetings or a place to rest.
”The inspiration for Waka goes all the way back to the 1970s when I studied to become a naval architect. The furniture is derived from the lines in a boat construction and gives the impression of something that floats, something dreamlike that you can drift away on”, says David Trubridge.
The body of Waka is almost three metres long, broad at the centre and tapered at both ends, giving it a distinctive character, creating space for several people. The shell is upholstered with a quilted pattern. Waka can be placed in an open office landscape, or can stand as a beautiful, imaginative solo piece in a lobby or reception area.
“This is a combination of industrial design and craftsmanship that reflects Offecct’s design philosophy – a product that is both eye-catching and functional”, says Offecct's brand manager Maria Olofsson.
Bio David Trubridge
David Trubridge, based in New Zealand, has a design philosophy that focuses on sustainability and environmental responsibility. This is reflected in his ongoing efforts to test and develop new ecologically sustainable materials. Trubridge has a background as a naval architect, has sailed around the world, and learned to make furniture while working as a forester. His breakthrough as a designer came in 2001 when Italian design house Cappellini purchased the production rights to his Body Raft at the Salone de Mobile in Milan. He has previously created the Membrane acoustic panel with Offecct.
Offecct AB is a Swedish entrepreneur-led company with its headquarters and production in Tibro, Sweden. Offecct was founded in 1990 by Kurt Tingdal and Anders Englund. Offecct has 75 employees, a 20,000 m2 production facility and a yearly revenue of SEK 150 million. 50% of Offecct’s sales comprise exports to more than 50 countries, and showrooms are situated in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Tibro (SE), Oslo (NO), Copenhagen (DK), London (UK), Amsterdam and Rotterdam (NL), Düsseldorf and Munich (DE), Zurich (CH), Milan (IT), New York (US) and Singapore (SG). Since May 2017 Offecct has been a part of Flokk, an international group of companies with a focus on developing furniture for working places. In addition to Offecct the group owns HÅG, RBM, RH, BMA, Giroflex, Malmstolen, Profim and 9to5 Seating. Read more at flokk.com
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