July 18, 2014
by Canadian Architect
Teknion Corporation recently announced that its Sidewise casegoods workstation and Projek task seating have received 2014 Green Good Design Awards. Now in its sixth year, the Green Good Design competition is sponsored by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
“Green Good Design Awards are a significant recognition of our companies’ efforts to deliver design that respects the environment,” said David Feldberg, Teknion President & CEO. “We proudly share these awards with the two highly respected design firms with which we partnered to bring Sidewise and Projek to market – figure3 and Orangebox Limited, respectively – who share our commitment to sustainable development.”
Sidewise is a new style of compact, collaborative casegoods workstation. Designed by Chris Wright, Design Principal, figure3, it addresses a key workplace need for temporary gathering spaces in between open workstation settings and the traditional meeting room and private office. Sidewise was developed in accordance with Design for the Environment (DfE) standards and protocols, and to comply with BIFMA e3 level 2. It has attained GREENGUARD® Gold Certification – formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification – which offers stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals such as children and the elderly, and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments like schools and healthcare facilities. Sidewise is manufactured in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified sites. FSC wood is a finish option.
Projek addresses the market need to have a project chair that is next generation with a mesh back, has a neutral style and is easy to use. Projek is 98 percent recyclable and is made of 18 percent recycled content. It has attained GREENGUARD® Gold Certification and is certified to BIFMA e3 level 2. Its modular design eases the replacement of parts, thereby extending the chair’s life cycle. Major resin components are discreetly identified to aid in recycling or disposal.
Over 100 products, programs, people, environmental planning and architecture from 24 nations were selected as outstanding examples of Green Good Design. The winners are among the world’s most important manufacturers, design firms and leading Fortune 500 corporations, “forwarding a new emphasis on a more sustainable design and environment worldwide.”
The European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum will organize a special exhibition in Athens, Greece, with 2014 Green Good Design winners. The exhibition opens in September 2014, and is scheduled to travel. For more information, please visit www.europeanarch.eu.