6th 10th February 08. C09:51. Press release Martela
The MyBox workstation is a concept product and its prototype which
is now being displayed is helping us to find out how customers
respond to it. MyBox is based on a simple idea, a lockable desk that you
can shut at the end of your working day and perhaps move next to the wall
until you need it again.
The design combined my own personal needs and the wishes of customers,
says Iiro Viljanen, who created MyBox.
My own desk was often a terrible mess, really. It was covered with
all sorts of sketches and drafts, not complete enough to be archived,
yet too valuable to be thrown in the bin. In other words, they were papers
that I usually looked at every day.
On the other hand, customers had expressed wishes for a smaller desk,
one that would take up less floor space, particularly in companies where
people spent most of their time outside the office. In such offices, room
arrangements undergo frequent changes, and so the furniture should make
moving easy and be fitted with castors. After all, people dont want
to leave their personal documents out in the open for everyone to see
when theyre not around.
This was the backdrop for the creation of MyBox. You dont need to
tidy up your desk: just close your laptop lid, lower the desk screen as
a cover and lock it up with longer absences, you can roll the desk
out of the way thanks to the castors. This leaves you with a neat-looking
desk, with your stuff under lock and key. When you return, whether from
a lunch break or a full holiday, you can resume working without delay.
Design Iiro Viljanen
Martela's Book shelf is a novel and versatile piece of storage furniture
that also serves as an adjustable space divider. Its appearance can be
varied by combining the elements differently. With the shelves lined up
facing the same way, Book creates a coherent wall-like structure when
observed from the front. Seen from the side, and with the shelves empty,
Book places virtually no limitations on visibility. You can also turn
Book on its side and use it for a low platform.
The designer Pekka Toivola can tell you exactly where and when Book was
conceived: It was at Kastrup Airport in Denmark, on 3 November 2006. For
a long time, albeit not very actively, I had contemplated new ways to
conceptualise and divide open space without sacrificing the feeling of
openness. When at an airport or on a plane, you have all the time in the
world but often little to do. Perhaps that is why all of a sudden the
idea simply came to me and seemed like a viable one, too. I sketched sort
of a shelf into my notebook, and the following week I put together the
first though not highly polished prototype next to my desk.
Then, after looking at it for a few weeks, I prepared new drawings of
Book and ordered four of them, which I then painted. I left them standing
in my room for a couple of months. During this time I perfected the structure
and came up with new details such as the transparent acrylic shelves and
the connector for linking the parts. My colleague Kaitsu (Kari Nieminen)
created an excellent functional support foot, and the Book concept was
ready to be unveiled.
Design Pekka Toivola
Skybar is an armchair designed for lobbies and waiting rooms, with a simple
dialect of form that is immediately pleasing to the eye. It is at once
both massive and graceful and very comfortable to sit in, too.
Designer Geir Sætveit describes the birth of the Skybar chair: It
all started with a shape that merged opposing qualities. I wanted to make
a chair that was both thick and thin, to draw the viewer's attention to
that precise contrast. I made the first sketches when I was still a student
and they were really quick ones, too. It took much longer to finalise
the design and at least five prototypes were made before actual production
started. The effort was worth it, though, because I think the outcome
is really great.
Design Geir Sætveit
Movie is an easily modifiable and adaptable series designed especially
for lobbies. It consists of only two modules: a seat with a backrest and
a seat without a backrest, which can be combined for the solution that
best suits your space. The backrest version can also be used alone as
The idea was to create a combinable sofa with as few individual parts
as possible. Originally, there really were as few parts as possible
one but then the seat without the backrest was added. You dont
need right or lefthanded corner pieces and the seats can be freely combined
to form large sofa groups. Movies dimensions make it easy to find
a relaxed sitting position with one arm on the low backrest. The design
is clean and even massive with the rounded corners. For variety, you can
choose from a range of different upholstery materials. Although unpretentious,
Movie can be a bold statement in public areas such as lobbies.
Design Rane Vaskivuori
For further information on the products, please contact
Lea Ahlstedt, tel +358 50 502 4601,
Martela is Finlands largest provider
of furniture for public spaces. The Office business unit manufactures
workstation furniture and the Surroundings business unit manufactures
furniture for lobbies and other public premises. Martela Oyj is the parent
company of the Group.
Martela has production plants in Finland at Nummela, Kitee and Raisio
and abroad in Bodafors, Sweden and Warsaw, Poland. In 2006, Martela employed
an average of 626 people, of which approximately 501 work in Finland.
Martelas consolidated revenue totalled EUR 119.7 million in
2006. The company was established in 1945 and it was listed on the stock
exchange in 1986.