Dutch furniture brand Lensvelt will unveil a collection of intentionally boring office furniture at Salone del Mobile in Milan this month. 'Boring Collection' was conceived and developed out of dissatisfaction with the appearance of affordable contract furniture.
Designed in collaboration with Amsterdam-based architecture studio Space Encounters, the collection consists of a desk chair, visitor chair, acoustic panel, low and high cabinets, and four types of desk. Furthermore there's a "boring" bin and clock which, true to office culture, only shows the numbers of the liberating moment.
"Boring Collection does not pretend to be more beautiful, in fact; Boring collection does not claim any attention. To the last detail, the furniture is a modest soft grey, and all shapes are archetypical, straightforward and discrete, with only one goal: to draw the eye to the things that actually matter," explained the design team.
"The looks of contemporary office furniture are pretty much dictated by legislation and therefore often detonate with the rest of the interior and surroundings."
Visual artist duo Lernert & Sander, known for their work COS and Viktor & Rolf, were drafted in for the collections campaign. In a somewhat backward manner, but true to the collections tag line that "Its not about the furniture," office life is given the lead in their campaign.
Lernert & Sander's campaign will be repeated for the collection's debut at this year's Milan design week with a presentation at Ventura Lambrate, via Privata Oslavia from 12 -17 April. In addition to the presentation, Lensvelt and Space Encounters will host a "boring rave" during the 'other' office hours on Tuesday 12 from 9.00pm - 5.00am.