http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news.atom Nordik Concept - News 2018-03-09T19:23:00+08:00 Nordik Concept http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/flokk-continues-to-grow-with-profim-acquisition 2018-03-09T19:23:00+08:00 2018-03-09T19:23:48+08:00 Flokk continues to grow with Profim acquisition Jastine Baylosis

Scandinavian originated Flokk Group reinforces its position as one of the leading players in Europe for office chairs and workplace furnishings as it adds Polish office chair manufacturer, Profim, to its family of brands with a total turnover of at least NOK 3Billion.

With Profim being one of the leading manufacturers of office furniture in Central Europe, and an increasing market shares in its main markets Germany and Poland, the acquisition would be, according to Flokk’s CEO Lars I. R?iri, “a great addition to Flokk’s network of strong regional brands and will bolster its manufacturing and purchasing processes by creating a strong ecosystem with existing sites in Norway, Sweden and Western Europe.”

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Flokk has led the way in the consolidation of the industry, which is characterized by many smaller regional and national players. The company continues to deliver on its strategy with strong underlying organic growth, successful product launches and highly synergistic acquisitions. And with this new agreement, Flokk will be present in over 50 countries throughout the world as Profim has a global sales network of 1,100 dealers in 30 countries, serving both large and small customers.

The purchase of Profim will be settled by shares in Flokk. Funds advised by Triton, the main owner of Flokk, will continue as majority owner, while Innova Capital, which currently owns Profim, will be a significant minority shareholder. The transaction is expected to be completed by April 2018. Flokk and Profim will continue to operate as two separate companies until the transaction closes.

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/b8-now-with-holmris 2018-02-08T17:56:00+08:00 2018-02-08T17:59:16+08:00 B8 now with Holmris Jastine Baylosis On February 5, 2018, Danish furniture giants B8 and Holmris merge together to create one strong Nordic supplier of furniture for the professional market with a total turnover of 1.1billion DKK and an opening for approximately 180 more employees.?

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The two large furniture factories’ team up will provide a great opportunity to benefit from many economies of scale in both production and sales as well as a solid platform for continued expansion in both Northern Europe and other selected markets.?

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With Holmris A/S’ strong growth in all four customer segments (office, learning, care and hospitality), and B8’s well-implemented IT and ERP systems, modern facilities and proven service and environmental concepts, the merger allows them to be an innovative and future proof company in the market.?

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The new company will be called Holmris B8 with Henrik Holmris as CEO, and will have its main office and production on Martin Bachs Vej in Bjerringbro where B8 is located today.

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/flokk-bags-two-doga-awards 2017-11-27T17:41:00+08:00 2017-11-28T11:31:00+08:00 FLOKK bags two DOGA Awards Jastine Baylosis ?

Flokk has received two DOGA Awards for Design and Architecture for the H?G SoFi Mesh and for their partnership with GU in creating a range of products using sustainable Norwegian wool.

At an award ceremony held last November 15 in Design and Architecture Norway headquarters in Oslo, the very best of the Norwegian design was recognised for their achievement over the past year, whereas the H?G SoFi Mesh & Norwegian wool collaboration was awarded for "Furniture Design' and?'Fashion & Textile Design categories respectively.

The jury was very much impressed with the “solid and precise” aesthetics of the chair with “refined and warm expression” thanks to the material and colour choices plus its unique slide back armrests and intuitive lumbar support system.

On the other hand, it was being faithful to the origins and not compromising quality and design that has led the collaboration of Flokk’s textile design team and GU to a much bigger success by developing wholly Norwegian wool to furniture in a world of synthetic competitors. The collection includes furniture fabrics Sirdal, Setesdal and Suldal that were all noted as highly technical with strong design.?

The DOGA award is by far the most important and prestigious design award in Norway to receive and we would like to congratulate our partners at Flokk for, yet again,? inspiring us to do great work.?

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Want to have your very own award winning SoFi Mesh? Talk to us for more info, or see and witness its ergonomic and aesthetic wonders at our showroom, now! ?

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/wellness-together-the-link-between-workplace-design-and-employee-retention 2017-10-30T15:27:00+08:00 2017-10-30T15:28:25+08:00 Wellness Together: The Link Between Workplace Design and Employee Retention Jastine Baylosis ?

In line with research projects that continues to highlight the importance of wellbeing in workplaces, the recently published study carried out by Sapio Research entitled Wellness Together, emphasised the importance of offering good environmental conditions and flexible working practices to enable productive, innovative and ultimately profitable workforce.?

With 1000 office workers based in UK and 50 Facilities Management experts as respondents, the study concludes that healthy and happy people are more likely to be productive and thus suggesting that employers should focus in their staffs’ well-being whereas 48% of the study group said that the design of their workplace had a significant impact on their decision to stay with a company.

Higher performing organisations were more often found to be providing well-being oriented facilities or amenities such as healthy food, showers, quiet working spaces, cycle storage and furniture and workstations that promote healthy posture.?

Although having flexibility at work was an important finding, this doesn’t just relate to the flexibility of working posture but also to the workplace itself, and the availability of workspaces for different tasks such as having sufficient breakout and collaborative spaces and at the same time, quiet private spaces to work at when necessary.?

Office design is a key area which in the past has been overlooked in workplace wellbeing strategies. Providing a workplace which encourages movement and fluidity to employee’s working day is really important since providing various working environments for different tasks keeps both bodies and minds agile, which will also increase interactivity among staff, and thus raises wellbeing even further.?

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/introducing-the-new-rbm-noor 2017-10-06T12:47:00+08:00 2017-10-06T13:49:34+08:00 Introducing the New RBM Noor Jastine Baylosis RBM officially unveiled the new fully upholstered version of their timeless classic canteen and conference chair collection: RBM Noor F, at this year’s Designers Saturday Oslo held last September 8-10, at the Oslo City parking garage in Oslo, Norway.?

The Noor F is available to order as of next week, in a variety of high-quality, environmentally-friendly fabrics in fresh colours.?The?colours, softness and comfort open up to even more applications and environments. RBM Noor F will also be available with tubular four leg, sledgebase and footbase,?the wooden leg or the medium-high bar options.?

During the 3-day event, FLOKK also showcased their wider range of of fabric options with Kvadrat's Steelcut Trio 3 making its first appearance in combination with the RBM Noor, RH Mereo, H?G SoFi, and H?G Capisco,?featuring fresh colour combinations utlised to highlight the new fabric choices. Also spotted in the exhibition is?the tweed styled Mailine Flax?from Camira, as well as the new fabric Balance from Svensson.?G.U also launched new colours for the Norwegian wool collection.

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/how-a-great-workplace-design-drives-creativity-and-innovation 2017-09-07T14:47:00+08:00 2017-09-07T14:47:22+08:00 How a Great Workplace Design Drives Creativity and Innovation Jastine Baylosis

?According to the 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey conducted by Gensler, the largest and leading collaborative design firm in the world, great workplaces design drives creativity and innovation.

Gensler’s U.S. Workplace Survey 2016 is the most recent installment in their ?10-year Workplace Survey research effort where they surveyed a panel-based sample of over 4,000 U.S. office workers in 11 industries to understand where and how work is happening today and the role design plays in employee performance innovation. ?


The ?data uncovers a statistical link between the quality and functional makeup of the workplace, and the level of innovation employees ascribe to their companies whereas respondents with a higher score also report higher innovation index. By identifying the key differentiators for employees with high innovation index scores, Gensler developed a set of action items every organisation should take to optimise the workplace and improve performance and innovation:

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  • Investing in the Individual Employees at innovative companies have better designed and more functional workspaces, no matter how open—and if those functional aspects are managed, an open office can be as e effective as a private one.

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  • Diversify Group Work Spaces Innovators have access to, and use, a greater variety of workspaces in and out of the office, particularly for non-focus activities. They are also less likely to report having to work in the same space, and less likely to socialise at their desks.

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  • Empower the Whole Community The ability to work wherever is best for the task at hand shouldn’t be a perk just for leadership. Invest in strategies to increase autonomy, and connect every employee to the purpose behind their work and the broader organisational community.

The wellbeing of employees isn’t a program or HR checklist but a business strategy aimed at increasing employee productivity, enhancing engagement and improving overall health and happiness in the workplace. And like any good business strategy, it should be ongoing, targeted and essential to what defines your organisation and its success.


With these, you can start re-decorating your spaces by transforming them into something that encourages collaboration among peers all the while ensuring the health and wellbeing of you and your employees but doesn’t compromise the office’s overall aesthetic.


Talk to us and we’ll find you the right solutions to able to create that inspiring and innovative workplace you need ?for your company.

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/meet-the-new-and-sleek-s60-table-family-1 2017-08-30T13:55:00+08:00 2017-08-31T14:30:35+08:00 Meet the sleek new, IOT-ready S60 table family Jastine Baylosis

A table that covers all the basic work needs without compromising design, aesthetics and ergonomics? B8 gives it all to you with the new S60 Work Desk Series.?

Conceptualised by Danish designer Mads Odg?rd, the new S60’s tabletop is made with Valchormat,? a wood product which is up to 30% stronger than regular MDF wherein a 12mm thick tabletop can resist the same amount of pressure a 22mm MDF could and thus making the S60 weigh more than 20kg lighter than other desks.

The table’s framing is also much thinner and its height-adjustment is driven by built-in actuators from Linak which features an unobtrusive design without a motor housing, blending perfectly into the S60’s desk portfolio.?

Cabling, on the other hand,? is integrated directly into the tabletop with the intuitive Design Tags, leaving no power outlets or cables under the table or in cable trays. The tags are easy to use and can be changed if needed. While the power units for the S60 series is specially developed in cooperation with Duelco who has minimised the size and made it possible to expand the unit with an IOT-sensor.

Aside from its slimline design and simple and intuitive features, the S60 has also gotten a design boost with 117 available combinations making it the best table ever.

B8 has also extended this new series into meeting tables and storage units in the same materials and style, leaving us more to watch out for.?

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/go-ergo 2017-08-14T13:04:00+08:00 2017-08-30T14:18:34+08:00 Go Ergo! Jastine Baylosis

Ergonomics is not just a word to represent fancy chairs, height-adjustable desks and monitor arms. ?It is actually a key aspect that businesses need to look at when dealing with their own health and welfare as well as that of their staff.

The term ergonomics is derived from the Greek word ergon meaning work and nomoi meaning natural laws. It is the study of the design and arrangement of things people use for their work so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.

Uhuh, there’s a science for that.

In the past years, ergonomists, chiropractors and physical therapists alike have done studies, published a lot of books and written many articles emphasising on the importance of good posture and the benefits of having an ergonomically designed workplace yet the problems that they were addressing are still mainly left unnoticed or not given enough attention. One of the reasons for this may signify that ergonomic problems are not high on the list of priorities, especially in developing countries.

Although it is usually an underrated field of study especially here in the Philippines where most people don’t see the importance of a conducive working environment and proper body mechanics as long as they get the job done, ergonomics plays a vital role on our health especially now that our way of living and working have shifted from active to passive.

Now because of the negligence, the simple problem of slouching has become more complicated and has grown as one of the most underestimated health issues of the modern age.

Have you ever wondered why you feel so helplessly tired even if you were just sitting all day? Did you ever feel a dull aching or a sharp stabbing pain in your fingers, wrists or other parts of your body? How about in the shoulders, neck or upper and lower back? ?

Probably most, if not all, answered “yes” to all three questions. All of these and many other symptoms are actually the by-products of the “not paying attention” since these already indicate an existing musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). Repeated exposure to these risk factors such as awkward or sustained postures, forceful exertion or strain of the muscles and contact pressure may interfere with the body's normal healing process and produce disproportionate responses leading to an ergonomic injury that are directly or indirectly related to job duties or the work environment.

Instead of actually being able to focus on the work, employees are constantly bothered and distracted by the pain thus reducing work productivity. This lost productivity affects directly to the bottom line of the company, not to mention that MSDs are costly conditions due to their direct insurance, compensation, medical, and administrative costs

However, investing in good ergonomics would not only lessen employees chances of suffering from chronic injuries, but it would also add up to the company’s overall productivity up to at least 30%, and will keep insurance deductible and worker compensation claims low. Not to mention improving company’s safety culture by being able to demonstrate that the employer is committed to doing his part to ensure safe, healthy working conditions, so the employees will be more inclined to do theirs. Investment in ergonomics will also help to retain the talent and show to the employees that you value them. The resulting higher job satisfaction will lead to employees that are more productive and easier to manage.

If you want your company to realise these key benefits of good ergonomics, then we should talk.

Our chairs are designed to make sure you won’t sit still. They are designed with people and their needs in focus and inspire them to be at their best throughout the work day, and after. To put it simply, our seating solutions contribute to the well-being of people and of businesses.

Office chairs? They seem like such ordinary objects. A seat, a backrest, armrests and a base. But a good office chair is essential for working in a healthy way!

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/flokk-acquires-giroflex 2017-07-21T15:46:00+08:00 2017-07-21T15:46:28+08:00 Flokk acquires Giroflex Joni Koro Giroflex Philippines

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Known as the leading Swiss manufacturer of high-quality ergonomic office chairs, Giroflex is one of the oldest companies still active in the seat manufacturing industry with roots going back to 1872. Initially focusing on wooden furniture for the hospitality industry, it was Albert Stoll I’s son and successor, Albert Stoll, II who turned the company’s focus towards the office industry leading to another furniture breakthrough in 1926 when he created a swivel chair with a suspension system. Because of this ingenious invention, the company rapidly expanded and became the market leader of Swivel chairs in Switzerland since 1948.

After 70 years of continuous production of top quality furniture, Giroflex group has come to reside under Flokk’s house of brands as their seventh member starting July 13, 2017. This acquisition to Flokk will open new opportunities for Giroflex by expanding their geographical scope with Flokk being number one in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Giroflex will be joining other brands like H?G, RH, BMA, RBM, Offect & Malmstolen.

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/scandinavian-business-seating-is-now-flokk-1 2017-06-20T11:30:00+08:00 2017-06-20T11:30:00+08:00 Scandinavian Business Seating is now Flokk Joni Koro Flokk Design

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Scandinavian Business Seating has changed its name to Flokk as it keeps growing its portfolio.?With Flokk's?recent expansions, they?are now able to provide the market with even more exciting workspace solutions.?By uniting the?branding and communication efforts Flokk?can accommodate more of end-users needs when it comes to providing furniture for any working environment. Flokk will have?a larger and stronger presence on- and offline than what Scandinavian Business Seating has had in the past.

Flokk is a Norwegian word for herd or flock. The name is inspired by Flokk's strong brands, and their?philosophy of being part of something greater than oneself. Flokk's?designs enable well-being and performance, and are a natural part of any workplace or social situation where people gather.

Jump on the bandwagon of Flokk today!

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/framery-expands-builds-a-logistic-center-and-factory-in-the-us 2017-06-09T09:56:00+08:00 2017-06-09T09:58:52+08:00 Framery expands, builds a logistic center and factory in the US Joni Koro

Framery, a pioneer in soundproof phone booths and meeting pods for open-plan offices, is expanding in the US. Preparations for a dedicated US logistics center and an assembly factory are underway. The expansion is supporting the strong growth Framery is experiencing globally.

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Framery O phonebooth is a perfect solution to have your discussions in privacy without disturbing your colleagues. For noisy environments, it is also a great place to sink in to deep concentration in peace and quiet.

Framery Q meeting pod allows people to have 2-4 person meetings, brainstorming sessions and important one-on-one conversations in private without disturbing the whole office.

Framery’s products are manufactured in Finland. All materials and designs are carefully selected to a very high quality standards to make sound insulation effective and the product pleasing to use and integrate as a beautiful part of your office. Framery’s products can solve noise and privacy issues of modern offices, which leads into an increased productivity and employee satisfaction. Framery’s clients include dozens of world’s leading brands, including Uber, Microsoft, SAP, Deloitte and PWC.

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/offecct-joins-the-scandinavian-business-seating-family 2017-05-09T11:39:00+08:00 2017-05-09T11:42:05+08:00 OFFECCT joins the Scandinavian Business Seating family Joni Koro

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SB Seating strengthens it's portfolio through an acquisition of the Swedish design company Offecct. This is to offer?even more options under one umbrella for today's activity based working offices.

Offecct is one of the leading design companies in Scandinavia. Development is made in close cooperation with some of the world leading designers, such as Jasper Morrison, Jean Marie Massaud, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Neri & Hu, Cecile Manz, Front, Monica F?rster and others.?

We, at Nordik Concept, are excited?to offer these design items in the Philippines soon!

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/microsoft-replacing-a-third-of-their-phone-rooms-with-framery-booths 2017-03-21T10:00:00+08:00 2017-03-24T14:43:44+08:00 Microsoft replacing a third of their phone rooms with Framery booths Joni Koro After positive feedback from the employees, Microsoft has decided to replace a third of the phone rooms with Framery phone booths and meeting pods at their Seattle headquarters. According to?Riku Pentik?inen, Director, Global Workplace Strategies at Microsoft, the advantages of Framery booths compared to fixed rooms include lower cost and movability.?

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Framery at Microsoft HQ

“The feedback from users has been very positive. In fact, we plan to replace one-third of traditional phone rooms with Framery booths in three new buildings in our headquarter campus in Seattle,” says Pentik?inen.

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/behind-the-scenes-scandinavian-business-seating-winter-shoot 2017-03-20T15:24:00+08:00 2017-03-22T15:37:29+08:00 Behind the scenes: Scandinavian Business Seating winter shoot Joni Koro Take a peek to the latest colors of Scandinavian Business Seating's H?G and RBM chairs?shot against a dramatic Norwegian winter background. Despite the different focuses?of these brands,?you can easily match them at your office due to the distinctive Scandinavian design and matching color options. Let the pictures talk to themselves.

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http://www.goddesigner.com/blogs/news/dubab8-now-b8 2017-03-17T00:00:00+08:00 2017-03-22T15:35:59+08:00 DubaB8 now B8 Joni Koro Duba-B8 has changed it ownership to single shareholder. For the past 11 years, the furniture producer Duba-B8 A/S in Bjerringbro, Denmark, has had shared ownership between Bjerringbro Savv?rk Holding A/S and Doba Holding A/S. Bjerringbro Savv?rk Holding A/S has by agreement acquired the remaining shares of Doba Holding A/S.

“Through the passing years, there has been a good collaboration between Doba Holding and Bjerringbro Savv?rk. But now, the time has come to unite the ownership, in order to ensure the continued development of the company,” says Niels Due Jensen, chairman of the board at Bjerringbro Savv?rk.

In continuation to effectuate the deal, the two board members from Doba Holding A/S, Hans-Christian B?dker Jensen and Michael J?rgen Peytz, will be leaving the board of Duba-B8 A/S.

The ownership, attained by Bjerringbro Savv?rk Holding A/S, will be held by the company’s shareholders;
Niels Due Jensen, who owns 70%, and Grundfos Holding AG, Switzerland who holds the remaining 30% of Bjerringbro Savv?rk Holding A/S.

The board of the company is consolidated with former Group Executive Vice President at Grundfos, S?ren ?stergaard S?rensen, as chairman of the board, with Niels Due Jensen and J?rgen Melgaard Pedersen together with the staff-elected representatives, Jan Gregersen and Martin Laurberg Knudsen, as members of the board.

Chairman of the Board, S?ren ?stergaard S?rensen, says:
“With a solidified ownership, a very competent management, and a dedicated and professional organization, B8 A/S stands stronger and is ready to expand its position on the market of quality office furniture in the Nordic countries and other priority export markets.”

The company name, Duba-B8 A/S, changes to B8 A/S – the rest remains
In accordance with the change in ownership, the shareholders have decided to change the name of the company from Duba-B8 A/S to the former B8 A/S.

The management remains the same and the furniture will still be of the same good quality and design. We will continue to provide furniture consulting and professional after sales service, and all together strengthening the competitiveness of the company.

B8 A/S will continue to develop new interior design solutions for the future office environment. As will the company go on to cultivate new markets for Scandinavian furniture and design.

The company CEO, Peter Arndrup Poulsen, says:
“Our new name, B8 A/S, is a continuation of our past company, System B8 M?bler A/S. The location of our factory is still where it all started more than 100 years ago, and today it is a modern production facility with a specific focus on high agility and production quality. We are happy that we continue to have our own production in Denmark. It ensures great flexibility and optimal service for our customers.”

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