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Boring Collection

Client: Lensvelt Contract Furniture

Photography by Lernert & Sander / ADULT

April 2016, during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, a new series of office furniture called Boring Collection was presented. The furniture was the result of a collaboration between Lensvelt Contract furniture and Space Encounters Office for Architecture.

Boring Collection was conceived and developed out of dissatisfaction with the appearance of contemporary project furniture. The looks of affordable office furniture are pretty much dictated by legislation and therefore often detonate with the rest of the interior and surroundings.

An attempt to create more aesthetically pleasing furniture was not an option. It would either become  unaffordable or lead to impossible compromises;  the focus needed to shift away from the furniture and onto other things.

That is why Boring Collection does not pretend to be more beautiful, in fact; Boring collection does not claim any attention. To the last detail, the furniture is a modest soft grey, and all shapes are archetypical, straightforward and discrete, with only one goal: to draw the eye to the things that actually matter. Because its not about the furniture.

For the promotion of the collection visual artist duo Lernert & Sander were attracted. Not the furniture, but office life itself was given the lead in their campaign. Like the countdown to the last minute before five o’clock, and the crumpled paper ball, the universal symbol for boredom on the work floor.

Also important: Boring Collection is being offered for competitive prices.

The collection consists of an European standards (EN) approved task chair, visitor chair, acoustic panel, low and high cabinet and four types of height adjustable desks, among which a standing desk. Furthermore there’s a Boring bin and a clock which, true to office culture, only shows the numbers of the liberating moment.

Awarded the Milano Design Award 2016 best concept; Finalist for the Dutch Design Awards 2016; Nominated for Best Dutch Book Design 2016

Catalogue and Typographic design: Sanne Beeren; Copywriting: Nienke Blokhuis; Exhibit design: KABK third year students IAvt