BCFA OPEN: Innovation Awards

Last week our visitors and exhibitors had two wonderful days at the Old Truman Brewery on London’s Brick Lane at BCFA Open Spring Design.

All 37 BCFA Member exhibitors at BFA Open were invited to enter our BCFA Open Innovation Awards and six shortlisted designs were displayed in the Tunnel of Love.

INNOVATION AWARDSresizeThe shortlisted designs were:

 The Modern Garden Company: Pebbles, hand felted outdoor Merino wool cushions.

Nya Nordiska: Rivoli CS, a Trevira CS knitted fabric with a sheer, semi-transparent touch.

Colebrook Bosson Saunders: Ollin, a world first in monitor arm technology.

Panaz: Alusid Silicastone, a stone alternative surface which is a 100% recyclable.

Roca: Inspira Washbasin, made from FINECERAMIC®, an innovative, high-quality ceramic material.

Vescom: Bio Based Gilded Xorel, a plant based fabric with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

The designs were judged by Wayne Hemingway, Richard Stevens – Founder & Creative Director of forpeople, Scott Barwick – Design Associate at Map Project Office, Claire Richmond – Senior Interior Designer & Senior Associate at Gensler  and Adrian Weidmann – Industrial Designer for Foster+Partners.

The winner is ….

 OLLIN by Colebrook Bosson Saunders161012_Ollin_Brochure_ENGLISH.inddOllin, a groundbreaking new dynamic monitor arm, helps to accommodate changing technology with ease. As technology advances, screens are becoming lighter and often more compact. Cloud computing and the use of hybrid laptop/tablets are shifting how and why we use computer screens, and developments in technology are increasing the need for the workplace to be even more responsive. The unique technical cord that control Ollin’s arm mean it can support weights from 0kg up to 9kg, and with the ability to be customised to fit a dual screen mount bar, tablet, and laptop mount, Ollin can grow to meet the different technologies that need to be accommodated within the modern workplace.

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“Innovation means coming up with a practical solution that resolves a problem that people have accepted for a long time”

– Colebrook Bosson Saunder’s Senior Product Design, Alex Lau.  Read our interview with Alex Lau here.




Congratulations to Colebrook Bosson Saunders on their award.

The next BCFA open will be in Dublin on the 14th June 2017 at the Guinness Storehouse, St James’s Gate. Why not join us to see the best of the contract furniture sector?



About Kate Nannery

Kate is the Marketing & Membership Executive for the BCFA. She thinks that the beauty of design comes from great craftsmanship and has a masters degree in tea-consumption. If you would like to appear in Design Insider, please email kate@thebcfa.com
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