craft for life at work    cia led product direction and development for brayton, a steelcase design company, by challenging a new generation of designers to bring craft to life at work. brayton was a rare manufacturer capable of masterful craftsmanship in upholstered and wood framed furniture.     the company is gone, but its skilled workforce is not forgotten.   why craft now?  the emergence of craft in the design of workplace furniture is driven by the increasingly "soft" office environment. fulfilling both a functional and sensorial role, the evidence of artisanship brings a necessary humanity to contemporary working spaces.

craft for life at work

cia led product direction and development for brayton, a steelcase design company, by challenging a new generation of designers to bring craft to life at work. brayton was a rare manufacturer capable of masterful craftsmanship in upholstered and wood framed furniture.

the company is gone, but its skilled workforce is not forgotten.

why craft now?

the emergence of craft in the design of workplace furniture is driven by the increasingly "soft" office environment. fulfilling both a functional and sensorial role, the evidence of artisanship brings a necessary humanity to contemporary working spaces.

  pool collaborative seating   designed by bius for brayton-steelcase. seating and tables for collaborative places and casual encounters.    Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Merit Award,  Platinum Adex Award, Editor's Pick I.D. Magazine, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award

pool collaborative seating  designed by bius for brayton-steelcase. seating and tables for collaborative places and casual encounters. 

Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Merit Award, Platinum Adex Award, Editor's Pick I.D. Magazine, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award

 we observed that human behavior and friendly conversations in public spaces could influence the way we design furniture.

we observed that human behavior and friendly conversations in public spaces could influence the way we design furniture.

 pool is designed for casual encounters at work. approachable from all sides, the soft benches with a shared table create a welcoming place for conversation and collaboration.

pool is designed for casual encounters at work. approachable from all sides, the soft benches with a shared table create a welcoming place for conversation and collaboration.

 pool's friendly zoomorphic forms include benches that gang together with maple tables and a stool with maple grab handle and feet.

pool's friendly zoomorphic forms include benches that gang together with maple tables and a stool with maple grab handle and feet.

 extensive pattern-making and stitching trials led to the impeccable draping of the textile over the stool's complex shape. the maple grab handle secures the danish boucle´ textile to the neck with a metal tensioning ring.

extensive pattern-making and stitching trials led to the impeccable draping of the textile over the stool's complex shape. the maple grab handle secures the danish boucle´ textile to the neck with a metal tensioning ring.

  space making screens   a birch plywood subframe was developed to hold the shape and structure of each pool screen panel. carefully tailored patterns zip over the frame and three panels mount to a single maple base.   

space making screens  a birch plywood subframe was developed to hold the shape and structure of each pool screen panel. carefully tailored patterns zip over the frame and three panels mount to a single maple base.

 

 the pool screens are quiet sentinels in the office providing soft space division in the open plan.  

the pool screens are quiet sentinels in the office providing soft space division in the open plan.  

  scaffold   designed by  joy chan  for brayton-steelcase. maple shelving system, stained matte black, functional as both storage and space dividing structure in the open plan.   image courtesy of johnson-fain architects.       

scaffold  designed by joy chan for brayton-steelcase. maple shelving system, stained matte black, functional as both storage and space dividing structure in the open plan.

image courtesy of johnson-fain architects.

 

 

  scaffold studies   early mock-up's to evaluate the freestyle assembly of the 3 wooden parts -- sticks, shelves and connector dowels.

scaffold studies  early mock-up's to evaluate the freestyle assembly of the 3 wooden parts -- sticks, shelves and connector dowels.

  oom stool   designed by  matthew weatherly  with  robert leonetti . mobile upholstered stool for collaborative spaces in Danish wool with maple coat horn.     best of neocon   editor's choice for innovation  

oom stool  designed by matthew weatherly with robert leonetti. mobile upholstered stool for collaborative spaces in Danish wool with maple coat horn.  

best of neocon editor's choice for innovation 

  coat horn  oom's maple coat horn was machine-shaped, then hand-finished with a walnut inlay.      

coat horn oom's maple coat horn was machine-shaped, then hand-finished with a walnut inlay.

 

 

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  trees   designed by norman diekman for brayton-steelcase. materials research by robert leonetti.     adex gold award  

trees  designed by norman diekman for brayton-steelcase. materials research by robert leonetti.  

adex gold award 

  sloped faces   the table volumes nest together and surfaces are embossed wood or hand-rubbed metal finishes.

sloped faces  the table volumes nest together and surfaces are embossed wood or hand-rubbed metal finishes.

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softleaf  designed by norman diekman for brayton-steelcase. upholstered table series in leather with double-needle stitching and optional glass surfaces. 

 

  sculptural   asymmetrical volumes and monolithic color are a recurring theme in diekman's studied furniture designs.   see adaptable       

sculptural  asymmetrical volumes and monolithic color are a recurring theme in diekman's studied furniture designs.

see adaptable