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Uebobo stool wins iF Design Award 2018

4. February 2018

Uebobo, the innovative stool with the minimalistic look by ITO Design, was awarded with the iF Design Award 2018. For this award, a 63-member international jury of experts annually rewards exceptional design – and has been doing so since 65 years. This year, the best works were chosen among 6,400 entries from 54 countries.

The Uebobo stool was developed for UE Furniture. Its simple design is surprisingly functional. Its colorful shell is made from a highly elastic fabric, allowing the product to freely turn, tilt and stretch without ever losing its iconic shape.



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Profim stool Mickey by ITO Design wins German Design Award 2018

15. January 2018

Our Mickey stool for sitting and standing that we designed for the Polish company Profim has won the main prize at the German Design Award 2018. The award honours innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers that are game-changing in the German and international design field. This is guaranteed by its top-class international jury.

Mickey is a versatile, comfortable stool with a height adjustment rate of up to 330 mm and an integrated footrest that easily transforms into a standing aid. Its pendular movement of about 10° to all sides promotes dynamic sitting. The chair was presented at the 2016 Orgatec fair in Cologne for the first time. Since midyear of 2017, it has been produced in series by Profim. We are glad about the still very successful cooperation with Profim that has earned us such a renowned award.



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Profim Violle office chair by ITO Design wins German Design Award 2018

15. January 2018

Our premium office chair Violle that we designed for the Polish company Profim has won the German Design Award 2018. The award honours innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers that are game-changing in the German and international design field. This is guaranteed by its top-class international jury.

Violle is an office and conference revolving chair with terrific design. The focus lies on the high-class aluminium frame of the backrest, which is available as mesh or upholstery backrest. At the same time, Violle is a highly ergonomic chair with innovative synchronisation mechanics. The chair was presented at the 2016 Orgatec fair in Cologne for the first time. It will be available at Profim presumably starting from the first quarter of 2018. We are glad about the still very successful cooperation with Profim that has earned us such a renowned award.



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Turkish magazine “Konsept Projeler” introduces ITO Design

13. January 2018

The Turkish design magazine Konsept Projeler has approached ITO Design because they wanted to publish an article about the Swiss-German design studio. It can now be read in the recent issue.

The interview is about the history of ITO Design, the advantages of a multinational team and the distribution of tasks in the team. Besides, ITO Design’s philosophy is commented on and the typical design process is demonstrated using the example of the TeamUP Chair. Finally, the interview is about recent projects at ITO Design and an advice to up-and-coming designers tops off the article. You can read the interview in English language here.



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ITO Design Germany has moved – now you find us in Fürth

12. January 2018

The German ITO Design office has changed its location: While we used to be based in Nuremberg, now our office is situated in the town of Fürth.

We have chosen a special building as our new site: the so-called “Malzböden” (malt floors), the historic, heritage-protected factory building of the former Humbser brewery, built in 1887. After reconstruction and modernisation, the Malzböden have become an attractive commercial property that offers innovative room concepts – just the right place for ITO Design. Learn more about our new location here: www.malzboeden.de – feel free to pay us a visit there.



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In the „bayern design lounge“, ITO Design presents its office chairs Haworth Fern and Itoki FF.

30 years ITO Design at Nuremberg Fairgrounds

20. November 2017

As a supporting member of the bayern design association, ITO Design is taking part in their annual exhibition at Nuremberg Fairgrounds. Next to a timeline showing our 30 years history of product development we are showing our award winning task chairs FF by ITOKI (Japan) and Fern by Haworth (United States). Trade show visitors can find our display in the lounge area at the north-west entrance of hall 12. www.nuernbergmesse.de



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The Haworth Fern office chair in green and the ITOKI FF office chair in white and blue, both by ITO Design, with the logo of the Red Dot Design Award

ITO Design wins two Red Dot Design Awards 2017

5. July 2017

Two of our designs, the Haworth Fern chair and the ITOKI FF chair, have received the 2017 Red Dot Design Award for their innovative ergonomic functions and considered designs. The Red Dot is an internationally recognized label of excellence in design and we are very excited to have two of our products win this year.



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G7 summit in Japan furnished with FF office chairs

23. June 2017

At the 42nd G7 summit in Ise-Shima, Japan, the heads of government of the Group of Seven came together along with some guest participants from other nations, presided over by Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe. A chair developed by ITO Design provided the ideal seating comfort during the two-day summit: all participants sat on the ITOKI FF. The award-winning office chair with the innovative origami design helps to avoid fatigue even when sitting for a long time – just the right choice for an international summit. Image source: www.japan.go.jp



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Profim Mickey office stools by ITO Design in black, white, gray and beige at modern group workplace

Mickey office stool wins TOP DESIGN award 2017

2. May 2017

Developed by ITO Design for the Polish furniture manufacturer Profim, our office stool design Mickey has been honoured with a TOP DESIGN award in the office category. TOP DESIGN is Poland’s most renowned award in the industrial design field, where an international jury selects prime examples of successful design from around the world.

Mickey perfectly adapts to the evolving requirements of modern workplaces. The especially wide range of height adjustments transform the stool from a low seat into a standing aid as required. It promotes active sitting by tilting laterally and following the user’s natural movements. Designed to be compact, lightweight and easy to move around, Mickey promotes increased flexibility and spontaneity in the work environment. The collection will be available from Summer 2017.



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A black ITOKI FF office chair by ITO Design with origami backrest next to the logo of the iF Award

iF Gold Award for FF

10. March 2017

After two renowned awards from Japan and Chicago, the FF now also wins an iF Design Award in gold. For this prize, a 58 member jury chose their favorites among submissions from 59 countries. The iF Design Award especially honors clear intention as well as quality in execution, material and concept.

The FF is the result of a three years development process: Its completely flexible backrest responds intuitively to the user’s movements. When reclining, the sides of the chair naturally contract to increase pelvic support. The chair provides upright seating positions for work as well as relaxed positions with a recline of more than 50°. It is available in black or white, complemented by 10 fabric color options.



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The rear of the car for the transport of children with wheelchairs with stickers of sponsors, among them ITO Design Switzerland

ITO Design sponsors car for children with disabilities

7. March 2017

Families, in which children with physical disabilities live, are often faced with challenges when it comes to mobility: a wheelchair takes up a lot of storage space in the car so that oftentimes the whole family cannot go on a trip together. In order to improve this situation, Kinderspitex now provided a car that safely fits a 5-person family and a wheelchair in the canton of Zug. The families can rent the car for free and only bear the fuel costs.

Among other sponsors, ITO Design Switzerland joined in financing the car. It can be booked from now on at www.spitex-mobile.ch.



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A black ITOKI FF office chair by ITO Design with origami backrest next to the logo of the Chicago Good Design Award

FF chair takes Chicago’s Good Design Award

30. January 2017

After the FF, an origami-inspired office chair with outstanding back support, designed by ITO Design in 2016, already won the Japanese Good Design Award, the chair is now also honored with the Good Design Award of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. For this highly renowned design award, criteria such as innovation, sustainability, creativity, technology, material and ecologically responsible design are taken into account.

The FF is the result of a three years development process: Its completely flexible backrest responds intuitively to the user’s movements. When reclining, the sides of the chair naturally contract to increase pelvic support. The chair provides upright seating positions for work as well as relaxed positions with a recline of more than 50°. It is available in black or white, complemented by ten fabric color options.



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Nine new ITO Design creations from left to right: TeamUP, Fern, Tensa Next, 1000, FF, Kino, Violle, Wyspa and Mickey

Discover our nine new creations at ORGATEC 2016 in Cologne

21. October 2016

From October 25 to 29, 2016, the biannual German trade fair „ORGATEC“ will open its doors again to international visitors. True to this year’s motto “Creativity Works”, ITO Design will be present at the fair with nine innovative products that bring fresh seating solutions into modern working environments. ITO Design has collaborated with international partners from the USA, Japan and other countries to realize these projects.

Among the exhibits at ORGATEC 2016, there is the TeamUP chair: an adhoc workstation that flexibly adapts to changing work requirements, suitable for individual tasks or teamwork. The Fern chair focuses on postures and flexibility, bringing a new level of all-day comfort to the working population. Another outstanding product is the FF chair whose three-dimensional, origami-inspired form provides functionally advanced support to the back.

Visit ORGATEC 2016 in Cologne and discover ITO Design’s TeamUP, FF, Fern and six other creations at close range. Buy tickets online at www.orgatec.com. You can find the following brand new creations at ORGATEC 2016: TeamUP (Interstuhl), Fern (Haworth), Tensa Next (König + Neurath), 1000 (Kinnarps), FF (ITOKI), Kineo (Forma 5), Violle, Wyspa Table and Mickey (Profim).



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A black ITOKI FF office chair by ITO Design with origami backrest next to the logo of the Japanese Good Design Award

FF chair wins the Good Design Award 2016

20. October 2016

In collaboration with the Japanese company ITOKI, ITO Design created the FF, an origami-inspired office chair with outstanding back support, in 2016. Only months later, the project is rewarded with the Good Design Award 2016. Hosted by the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, the Good Design Award celebrates creative works that bring value to our lives.

The FF is the result of a three years development process: Its completely flexible backrest responds intuitively to the user’s movements. When reclining, the sides of the chair naturally contract to increase pelvic support. The chair provides upright seating positions for work as well as relaxed positions with a recline of more than 50°. It is available in black or white, complemented by 10 fabric color options.

If you want to experience the FF chair first hand, visit ORGATEC 2016 in Cologne where the chair will be exhibited. Learn more about the trade fair at www.orgatec.com.



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Two ergonomic ITO Design TeamUP office chairs in blue, green and white

Meet our innovative TeamUP chair

19. October 2016

Developed together with partners Interstuhl and BASF, ITO Design finally reveals its new TeamUP office chair. The idea for the chair was born within the frame of a design contest held by BASF in May 2014: using high-tech materials in order to create a new archetype of chair, ITO Design’s concept won the contest.

TeamUP combines a conference chair’s mobility with an armchair’s comfort: due to its light weight and its anti-skid rollers, the chair can easily be moved while its polyurethane foam cushion provides optimum comfort. Furthermore, TeamUP is adaptable to any situation: folding up its side elements creates instant privacy and an ideal atmosphere for concentration tasks; and when team work is required, its magnetic elements join up to four chairs into a circle.

If you want to experience the TeamUP chair first hand, visit ORGATEC in Cologne or K Messe in Düsseldorf where the chair will be exhibited. Learn more about the trade fairs at www.orgatec.com and www.k-online.com. For more information about the chair, please visit the official microsite.



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The modern workplace needs more comprehensive ergonomics

15. August 2016

In an August 2016 dialogue with Michael O’Neill, head of global workplace research at Haworth, designer Carlo Shayeb of ITO Design talked about the changed requirements for ergonomics at modern workplaces: While ergonomic improvements used to focus on cubicles and individual workplaces, there is much more collaborative work happening in today’s companies – which creates the importance of establishing ergonomic standards for group and standing workplaces as well. 

The edited conversation, based on the Haworth White Papers, was now published on design magazine Deezen’s website.



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Introducing the new website for ITO Design

8. August 2016

With the launch of a completely revised website, ITO Design presents itself in a clean, modernized way. While ITO Design Germany and ITO Design Switzerland formerly had separate websites, they can now both be reached through the new platform. We invite you to navigate through the site to discover our projects. Learn more about our company, our philosophy and our services and find out what’s new at ITO Design. If you are interested in working with us or if you have any other inquiries about our work, feel free to contact us at mail@ito-design.com.



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