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# Monday, 15 May 2017

Designer Focus: Michael Sodeau

We continue our Designer Focus series by looking at the work of Michael Sodeau. The London based designer has been a prominent collaborator with our furniture partner Modus. Additional manufacturers who have benefitted from Michael Sodeau's design expertise include Gordon Russell, Wedgwood and Bute. Take a look at our Pinterest page to explore some of Sodeau's portfolio.

Lily Sofa designed by Michael Sodeau for Modus

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# Friday, 10 February 2017

Designer Focus: Jonathan Prestwich

This month we continue the aegistra Designer Focus series by exploring the work of British designer Jonathan Prestwich.  Prestwich has collaborated with many furniture manufacturers including OPM Furniture and Modus.  Take a look at his work on our Pinterest page

Modular Connect table designed by Jonathan Prestwich for Modus
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# Friday, 20 January 2017

Designer Focus: Simon Pengelly

Here at aegistra we thought we would celebrate some of the key innovative designers that have created impressive products for our furniture partners.  Take a look at our latest board on Pinterest which showcases the work of Simon Pengelly.  His designs are put into production by furniture manufacturers such as Modus and Hitch Mylius.  Look out for more boards of our Designer Focus series over the coming months.
                       Hm 86 collection designed by Simon Pengelly for Hitch Mylius
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# Monday, 31 October 2016

Modus at designjunction 2016

designjunction took place this year in a new location within the heart of an exciting creative hub in Kings Cross, London.  Our furniture partner Modus exhibited a range of furniture including soft seating, coffee tables and meeting chairs at Cubitt House - a new destination for designjunction visitors wishing to view contemporary furniture and lighting solutions.

designjunction 2016 also marked the launch of Modus' latest campaign supporting the foundation Movement on the Ground.  The Who's Casper campaign asked prominent creatives spanning numerous disciplines to customise the Modus Casper stool, designed by Michael Sodeau.  Participants included Sir Kenneth Grange, Snarkitecture, Autoban and Barnaby Barford.  The public were encouraged through social media to guess which creatives customised each Casper Stool, and to also bid for their favourite stools in a silent online auction.

The display of customised stools at the Modus stand demonstrated a fantastic array of inventiveness and humour.  We attended the big reveal of the designers behind each
customised stool at Modus' Clerkenwell showroom.  We are pleased to learn that the silent auction raised £5,000.00 for Movement on the Ground.  Learn more about the foundation's

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# Wednesday, 19 October 2016

KI (Europe)'s Work2 Cantilever Bench

We have recently expanded our desking portfolio, adding KI (Europe)'s Work2 Cantilever Bench system to our website. The Work2 Cantilever Bench is a streamlined collection of desking that facilitates collaboration in the workplace. Core features include sliding tops, integrated cable management and the option of height adjustment. Discover more about this product on our website.

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# Friday, 01 July 2016

Casala chairs in Westminster Abbey

We were pleased to hear that on 27th May 2016 our furniture partner Casala installed 2,200 new chairs and 21 trolleys into Westminster Abbey. The delivery of the chairs is the result of two years of collaboration and we think the outcome is extremely impressive.

The Westminster Abbey chair is based on Casala's popular Curvy chair which is often specified for places of worship in addition to commercial and educational environments. The Abbey wished to obtain chairs that were not only practical but also in line with the aesthetics and architecture of church. The customised seating solution for this significant project comprised of oak veneer chairs with backrests engraved with the Westminster Abbey crest. Timber aspects were stained in a specified colour that is candle wax resistant. Subtle bump rubbers located on both sides of the frame and rubber seals between the seat and frame ensure a reduction of sound - vital in such a place of worship, particularly during services and ceremonies.

Westminster Abbey also opted for Casala's numbering and identification system Zifra. Zifra allows users to set up and organise spaces, allocating row and seat numbering and company logos. For Westminster Abbey, Zifra has been expanded with additional character display options to help facilitate the varied activities that take place in the church. The Casala chairs have effortlessly succeeded in seamlessly integrating into Westminster Abbey and we look forward to seeing them being utilised.

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# Friday, 17 June 2016

Latest aegistra newsletter out now

Caught up on this month's aegistra newsletter?  If not, read up on some of the highlights of Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 and explore our soft seating solutions.


Ocee Design's O'cee seating configuration and O'val tub chair.

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# Thursday, 16 June 2016

Modus' quirky Casper stools

Designer Michael Sodeau has collaborated with Modus Furniture creating several innovative pieces over the years. More recently Sodeau has designed Casper, a playful looking and quirky stool made from recycled cork. First launched at Salone del Mobile in April, 15 limited edition Casper stools were showcased at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week. The specially designed stools were part of a silent auction with all proceeds going to Movement on the Ground, a foundation that assists individuals forced from their homes due to war, poverty and climate change.  Find out more about this great charitable partnership on the website, "Where's Casper?"

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# Thursday, 28 January 2016

Casala's Curvy Chair

This month we have decided to spotlight a variety of products that are popular with our clients.  Amongst our bestselling contemporary furniture is Casala's renowned Curvy chair.  The stackable chair is favoured amongst the education sector, and specified frequently for classrooms and canteens, making it the go to chair for secondary schools and colleges.

The Curvy chair is ergonomic and linkable, enabling it to be used in school assembly halls, in addition to more business orientated environments such as large scale conferences.

For further details on Curvy, click here.  Photos of the Curvy chair used in schools, churches and hospitals can be viewed here.

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# Friday, 18 September 2015

OnOffice celebrates its 100th Edition

Earlier this week we had the pleasure to be invited to a drinks reception hosted by OnOffice magazine at London's iconic Shard to help celebrate the publication's 100th edition.

With impressive views from the 24th floor and a speech by Editor Helen Parton, guests (including designers and journalists) had the pleasure of taking a first look at OnOffice's 100th issue.  The September 2015 edition explores the past, present and future of OnOffice.  The striking cover takes inspiration from the concept of the editor's desk.

Read more about the 100th issue and the making of the cover at OnOffice's website

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