Tools for Life, a new furniture collection by Dutch studio OMA has been showcased by Knoll at this year’s Salone del Mobile design fair in Milan.
Knoll tapped Rem Koolhaas, co-founder of OMA, to help mark its 75 anniversary, joining Knoll’s other modern masters including Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Frank Gehry.
Koolhass commented: “We wanted to create a range of furniture that performs in very precise but also in completely unpredictable ways, furniture that not only contributes to the interior but also to the animation.”
Benjamin Pardo, design director, Knoll said: “I want to talk about work and not the office – the distinction being that today people work everywhere. With that in mind, the OMA pieces are more kinetic than static: many are easily adjustable so that with changes in height. Adjacency and degree of privacy, almost any space can be transformed to a place of work.”
The collection’s simple palette makes the furniture compatible with a range of residential and workplace interiors. Clear acrylic is juxtaposed with concrete; glass with leather; travertine with steel- beguiling and engaging contrast that draw attention to individual pieces.