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Okamura’s new showrrom in part of the former Knoll space was a breath of fresh air, and the Nagare Collection was the freshest bit. Envisioned as a statement piece, it made a real statement in the fron twindow. It’s the sort of lounge that can command a large reception area or a smaller collaborative space.
Okamura: Nagare Lounge and Personal Table. Photo Courtesy Jeff Beck
“Rainlight, the international product design studio based in London and Los Angeles, has garnered an impressive number of collaborations and awards in its first year of business. The company has collaborated with leading names in the world of furniture manufacturers, including Scavolini, Allsteel, Okamura, USAI, Carnegie Fabrics, Clestra, Mannington Com-mercial, Tecno. It also launched 12 new products at Salone del Mobile/Milan, Clerkenwell Design Week/London, Neocon/Chicago, AIA National Conference/New York, SDA Show-case/New York and Orgatec in Cologne.”
Part laboratory, part workshop, part studio, Rainlight combines design innovation with business acumen. Accolades Rainlight has earned over the past year include:
Best of NeoCon 2018 Gold: Conference room furniture
Best of NeoCon Gold: Education Solutions (Satellite for Okamura)
Hip Awards NeoCon 2018: Product/workplace/furniture (Rock for Allsteel)
Interior Design BOY Awards for Education Furniture with Allsteel Townhall (Townhall for Allsteel)”
Led by Susan Grossinger and Yorgo Lykouria, Rainlight enters 2019 in a strong position by making products that enhance the way people live and work. Further launches are planned throughout 2019 at many of the major global trade shows.
“Product design is about the individual and their interaction with an object — it is the most personal of the design disciplines,” said Grossinger, who is based in Los Angeles. “Whether it’s your eyeglasses, the chair you sit in or your steering wheel, we all have a visceral interac-tion with design that affects our day-to-day life. The opportunity to make that experience extraordinary is in itself an exceptional experience.”
Rainlight strives to create objects that are timeless and pioneering. “A trend is already yes-terday,” Lykouria said. “We begin our work open to all possibilities.”
Its process starts with a philosophical question, refraining from the immediate urge to design.
“The things we create embody thought,” said Creative Director Lykouria, who is based in London and has more than two decades of experience in industrial design and architecture. “Our work today is a message to the future,” he said.
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Okamura’s “Traverse Satellite” (S Conference Table), designed by Rainlight, has won the German Design Award 2019.
The German Design Award is a globally recognized award given by the German Design Council which was founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag, ever since it has been commissioned by the highest authority to represent new developments in the German design industry. Since 2012 it has been presenting the German Design Award with the aspiration to discover, present and reward unique design trends.
Traverse satellite (S Conference Table) received “Special Mention” of Excellent Product Design in Office Furniture. The jury acknowledged its excellence by stating “Despite its large dimensions, the conference table has a light and refined appearance. The exposed, flat legs give it stability and provide plenty of legroom.”
Featuring Yorgo Lykouria and Susan Grossinger in collaboration with Okamura, the video above details the Traverse Satellite conference table which offers incomparable attention to detail and engineering-forward design, at a size appropriate for smaller conference rooms and offices.