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Taronga Institute of Science & Learning

Taronga Institute of Science & Learning

Design Firm: NBRS Architecture
Building: Taylor Construction

As part of Taronga Zoo’s Centenary Revitalisation Plan, The Taronga Institute of Science and Learning (TISL) was created with a vision to reveal innovative concepts for conservation, science and learning.

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To set TISL apart from other science and research institutions, the concept of “the discovery of patterns in nature” was developed as a core design influence. This can be seen from the ‘hive-inspired’ designs in the main foyer to the environmental graphics and details throughout each space. The incorporation of natural materials throughout the design further highlights the harmony between the facility’s visual aesthetic and the surrounding sandstone landscape.

Designed to cater for staff as well as visitors, TISL cleverly integrates animal-friendly zones with educational and community spaces to create an interactive and immersive experience that promotes the “cross-pollination” of ideas across science, education and animal care.

TCW worked with the Builder, Architect and Taronga Zoo to supply a range of furniture to meet the needs of the multi-disciplinary research, teaching, outdoor and breakout spaces across the facility. We provided a diverse collection of furniture, integrating the natural design elements and tones of each area to complement the spatial unity of the Institute and its surroundings.

A great example of this are the Albury and Bronte chairs. Ideal for both breakout areas as well as working and meeting rooms, they are an excellent fit for multi-use spaces. In keeping with the feel of the built environment, we supplied chairs which were upholstered in earthy colours and set on wooden bases. This ensured that they slid comfortably into the visual aesthetic.


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Friends at Orgatec

19.10.2018

Our friends at Orgatec

Next week kicks off Orgatec, the leading international trade fair for the modern working world hosted biannually in Cologne. This year will be pushed by “culture@work” as the central theme, exploring diverse and visionary concepts for work environments, and what the future of this design will look like.
TCW is in constant collaboration with designers, builders and creative thinkers that are influencing this culture of change in the workplace. With our friends and suppliers on the ground as exhibitors, we are keenly involved in how workplace furniture can be designed with a positive culture at the forefront.

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Orgatec 2016 presented the theme “creativity works” and that was true to form for LoOok Industries, which are an exclusive brand of TCW. Their design approach breaks boundaries and old notions that workplace furniture has to be ‘corporate’ – what they create are fun, practical and applicable furniture for flexible working. This year they are back with new ideas and products that push this notion further and we can’t wait for the world to see. Find them in Hall 10.2 Stand K039.
Both Actiu and Dauphin Human Design Group celebrated 50 years this year, and what better way to celebrate with the continued development of innovative products. Actiu will be showcasing their smart furniture, and it’s firm commitment to people. Actiu has been creating comfortable and efficient cool working spaces around the philosophy that “organisations can align their challenges to transform with current needs”. Have a peek at Hall 09.1, stands C049 & B048, after 50 years you can still expect great things.
Technology and furniture integrate with The Human Space Cube designed by Bosse. The modular system allows for rooms to be created independently of a building, necessary in current workplace designs. Not only is it freestanding, but also fully aerated, temperature controlled, with specialty lights and technology ports. This unique private or collaborative space (depending on size) has a sound isolation of 38dB ideal in open plan environments. Make sure you try this out at Hall 8.1 aisle B/C, stands B028 – C031.

“After all, it is only through a culture that promotes diversity, collaborative partnerships, motivation and trust that we are inspired to work creatively and our ideas are allowed to flourish.” – Orgatec Media

Smartblock is the latest brand that TCW is enthusiastic about distributing exclusively in Australia. It is well know that the development of workplace furniture has been largely pushed by shifts in culture, but there are other factors prevalent also. In Australia the rising costs of property, building and employee expectation shifts have meant that how a company re-structures their workplace interior is as much economical as it is about culture and wellbeing. Smartblock allows for a flexible workplace without pouring money into permanent infrastructure, or creating spaces that are single purpose. This is something you need to see at Orgatec, find them in Hall 10.1, Stand C013.
Australian’s go abroad! ThinkingWorks have not only done a fabulous re-brand in recent months but has revamped existing products, and made way for new products in workplace furniture. They are being quite secretive about what exactly will be on show but have said they are releasing two completely new product ranges. Gathering by all the fantastic new things they have created of late, we will definitely be stopping by Hall 6.01 aisle C058 to see.
Let the show begin!

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10 Years On

24.09.2018

10 Years On

September 2008 was an auspicious month as it was the month that Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy which, 2 weeks later, triggered the 2008  Global Financial Crash (GFC). It was also the month that Tables Chairs & Workstations now known as TCW was formed out of a lounge room in Ashfield. The first office started off with a rather dodgy garage, which typically had around 10-20 sample chairs and no stock. The office doubled up as a lounge room and a coffee stop with a house-trained rabbit! Modest beginnings framed around the uncertainty in the market.

10 years later we have beautiful showrooms in Sydney and Melbourne a fantastic client base, some of the world’s best-known suppliers who have supported us through the growth pains and a developing team with a broad range of industry knowledge and skills. We aim to be the “supplier of choice” and I am extremely confident from the feedback and ongoing support we have, that we are doing most things extremely well, most of the time.
We have increased our stock levels for both workstations and task seating as well as a number of feature pieces. We have just moved into a 3,000m3 warehouse allowing us to stock more. deliver quicker and by turning over our stock quicker, control the pricing more effectively. TCW are also working with an external team to have ISO 9001 certification which we will have towards the end of this year.
So what is new and where are we heading over the next 10 years? Although we have a pretty good plan we are also open to opportunities as and when they arise. The quiet space, team space and agile environment are workplace areas where TCW feel we have great options and a lot of education around. We will have more products launched this year and we are looking forward to having a launch party in November which can double as a birthday!

“The office doubled up as a lounge room and a coffee stop with a house-trained rabbit!”

Next month Orgatec and no doubt new opportunities will come about. To all those clients, suppliers that we have been involved with over the past 10 years. THANK YOU. To my teams in Sydney and Melbourne you are the best and we could not move ahead without your continued support and strength.
Kasim Ali-Khan

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We are Only Human

21.08.2018

We are Only Human

At FRONT, TCW was one of many exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services that responded to needs in the architecture, design and building industries. There were a variety of concepts prevalent to our industries explored throughout the seminars, and driven in the types of products presented throughout the event.
Something that continued to reoccur was across the board, designs were being created and considered against a highly human-centric approach. My thoughts were further cemented listening to the speakers of ‘Tech Two and Call Me in the Morning’ spinning thoughts on designing for Circadian rhythms, integration of technology and emotional responsiveness, all the way to discussing AI and robotics with a sole purpose of bettering human welfare.

In an age of technological innovation, and moving forward with new workplace practices, some crucial needs can get lost. There are certain nuances in life that will always make a person happy, and those things that will always create roadblocks to ones wellbeing. The workplace today is as demanding as ever, and life is moving at a fast pace too. Most professionals don’t just go home and ‘switch off’ after 5pm. They are likely to be checking their emails and take work home outside of business hours, and likewise run a personal errand and check their social feeds at work.
When you walk into an office there should be places to live not just work. The architecture and design industry is booming with multi functional furniture and spatial design that allow for individual and collaborative working. This was the first step. Now we need to think deeper about the work-life aspects. Let’s exist in workplaces designed so that when entered, you know that there are zones for those personal tasks too.
The Human Space Cube designed by Bosse is one solution for an independent space, a means of creating a room with a free-floating frame – not impeding on a buildings structure. You can create a 10 person meeting room for high intensity work, or a solo cube for taking that personal phone call. The acoustic panels, temperature control and air-circulation are all feats of design and engineering that made the Human Space Cube such a success at FRONT. This product is an ideal solution to the privacy issues that arose out of the open office concept. People always need time in their own space, and considered design can provide it.

It was renowned industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa that said ‘the best designs are those that dissolve into behaviour’. Unsurprisingly, people often respond to environments emotionally first and rationally second. When a designed space is so simple and responsive to the need and audience that it is created for, it becomes intrinsic in its use.
We can improve the ‘liveability’ of our workplaces by designing them to target the way people feel in them, not just their functions. When you are surrounded by harsh edges and bland, unnatural materials – it’s just not a nice feeling. Zones designed by Pearson&Lloyd for Teknion, brings back the notion of circadian rhythms with a human centred design approach interlaced into every stage of their process. Each piece of the collection is considered by how someone would react in the space, how would they feel sitting in it, how they move around, how different elements interact. Using furniture should be intrinsic; as is the way you react to it. There is not one right angle in the collection, paired with soft textiles and timber, the mind can relax. Luke Pearson reflected on their outcome “it has to feel simple, at the end of the day you don’t want to have to tell people how to do things or how to use it. They have to just intuitively get on with it.”

“It has to feel simple, at the end of the day you don’t want to have to tell people how to do things or how to use it. They have to just intuitively get on with it.” – Luke Pearson

Designing for a healthy work-life balance and recognising that workplaces needs are inclusive of human needs, needs to be a factor for every healthy and productive workplace. Simply adding in a nice skylight or piece of furniture doesn’t automatically ensure positive human behaviour, but it does make a difference. Take time to inspect and understand how parts of a fit out effect people’s behaviour, it could be a chain reaction.

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From Russia With Love

18.07.18

From Russia with Love

By Kasim Ali-Khan
I have never thought of Russia as being a romantic place but after 3 weeks touring, there is definitely some passion and you can see why. They have written their own history with a strong belief that Stalin was a “Great leader” despite the fact that he butchered 9 million of his own people. Talk about a stiff upper lip they have taken several upper cuts and that was the demeanour I expected. Whether dictated to by the powers above or their love of football the Russians were fantastic people across the 5 cities I visited.

The vast metropolis that was Moscow had the world’s most beautiful (and deep) underground stations that would never fail to amaze in the details the artisans of the various states invested in the stations. From intricate mosaics, to beautiful artworks and even a station of stain glass windows it was a true gallery and with trains every 60-90 seconds we have a lot to learn about mass transportation. The Kremlin was majestic and St Basil’s cathedral with its quirky coloured domes and a maze of little praying and reflective spaces had fantastic acoustics. Hearing an A Cappella choir bellowing out the chants in their low base sounds resonated deep in the soul and made the hairs on your neck stand to attention. Magnificent!
On to Kazan, more cathedrals, and the influence of the mogul leader Genghis Khan (apparently, I am a descendant) within the architecture and the ethnicity. The long Bauman Street provided entertainment with pubs and cafes along with a lot of French supporters cheering their team. ‘Détente Cordial’ for sure, as this was the first test of how supporters of 2 nations greet, and emerge as a happy collection of passionate supporters enjoying the spirit of sportsmanship, such was reflected throughout my trip. Boys done well, but not well enough as they lost to the French 2-1, the eventual winners of the tournament.
Next – Samara, the space capital of Russia and where the first man on the moon was managed from. We stayed with the Danish team in a FIFA approved hotel and enjoyed the best hotel food on the trip. We managed to hold the Danes to 1-1 and most of us feel this was the game we should have pushed to win. Still no Timmy Cahill!! Samara is on the vast Volga River, over a kilometre wide in parts and apparently freezes over in winter. They even created a beach along one side with volleyball and plenty of entertaining. In addition Stalin’s very deep Bunker in the event that it all turned to Borsch!!

For the final game we ended up in Sochi on the Black Sea, with history going back to the Egyptian trading routes. In 2014 Sochi hosted the winter Olympics an hour north in the mountains of Krasnaya Polyana. You go from the hot and humid coastal city, one of the longest cities in the world at 142km, to the crisp air of the hills and the snow. Temperatures dropped by 10 degrees heading there along the highway and the general infrastructure that cost over US$50billion to build and host the games through mountains, it is indeed an engineering feet.
Sochi is also known as the seaside resort for the wealthy and connected Russians who escaped for their summer holidays. One famous Dacha we visited was built by Stalin in the hills and all with a paint called Stalin green to blend in with the trees in the surrounding hills. Quirky little things like having low treads on the stairs as he was a small man as well as small beds and a swimming pool that was half filled so the great dictator didn’t drown made me smile. The game against Peru was disappointing on the football front and surprising on the support front that Peru had sent 32000 supporters to cheer on their team and outnumber the Aussies 3-1!! 
No tour of Russia would be complete without a trip to St Petersburg and the Hermitage. A fantastic collection of art started by Catherine and Peter the great had a collection the Louvre would be proud of and a building the French would envy. St Petersburg is made up of 36 islands linked together with bridges that all have a timetable of opening up to splendid pomp and ceremony and Tchaikovsky blurting out at 2am with crowds jostling for position. Bizarre !!! When you are on your last legs of a 3 week vodka /football binge I was expecting a day too far but the splendour of St Petersburg and the Hermitage, St Isaacs and the bridges kept us up through the last hours of a magnificent tour. Well done the French on getting the trophy and well-done Russia on fantastic hosting.  

“The Kremlin was majestic and St Basil’s cathedral with its quirky coloured domes and a maze of little praying and reflective spaces had fantastic acoustics.”

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Red Energy Melbourne

RED ENERGY

Design firm: Carr

The offices of Red Energy now reside in the historic Bryant and May factory, located in Cremorne, Melbourne. The interiors of the four-level dynamic space were designed by Carr and maintain a respect for the stunning heritage-listed framework of the building.

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The 10,000sqm area is divided with a considered use of furniture and fittings, which very much reflect the trending culture of an open office and collaborative workplace. This space had to accommodate over 1000 Red Energy staff that ranges from customer service to business and technologies. Tables Chairs and Workstations provided over 60 I AM Tables from Thinking Works and over 1500 Flo monitor arms from Colebrook Bosson Saunders.



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Sydney University

FASS & R.D. Watts – Sydney University

Design Firm: Architectus
Building: FDC Construction and Fitout

TCW worked alongside FDC Building bringing in an array of furniture required for this two building fit out. The new six storey University of Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) building is clad in bronzed glass skin and take on a slight V-shape as it juxtaposes against the 122 year old Heydon-Laurence building and 101 year old R.D. Watt building.

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The 10,046sqm project covered classrooms, staff offices, breakout, canteen zones and collaboration areas. Our operations team had to manage many of the desk configurations around quirks of the building façade, including cutting tops to float around columns. Inclusive in the height-adjustable workstations was cable management, above desk power and monitor arms which all contribute to the ergonomic quality of the zone.

Photography credit to Fretwell Photography.


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Real Bodies

25.06.18

Real Bodies

By Alexandra Kennedy.
There is a new and rather controversial exhibit in Sydney at the moment. It has been travelling the world to both much acclaim and heated debate since 2005. The exhibition entitled “Real Bodies” is as the title suggests an exhibition of the workings of the human body.
What makes it so controversial is that the exhibit comprises of 20 actual bodies which have been donated to the exhibit as permanent works of art, beacons of learning or abhorrent abominations depending on your view. These bodies have been dissected in various ways to expose the inner magic that is man.
 

Image Source: https://www.timeout.com/sydney/museums/real-bodies-the-exhibition Supplied: Edison Graff
 

The bodies are prevented from decay by means of plastination, which is a rubberisation process patented in the 1970’s by anatomist Gunther von Hagens. It essentially replaces water and fatty material in the cells first with acetone then plastics, such as silicone rubber, polyester or epoxy resin.
You would be hard pressed to find someone who when questioned would not have an immediate opinion on the value or need of this exhibit. The views held both by individuals and groups are strong and at times very polarising. At the end of the day your opinion will be shaped by your environment, upbringing and life experiences.
In the modern times death is no longer so much of a taboo and as such, is this exhibit really so much different or more confronting than that of Tutankhamun? As humans in the 21st century our thirst for knowledge, improvement and curiosity fuels an ever increasing interest in what may have in times gone by been more of a macabre fascination. The digging up of various graves and exhuming persons long gone along with their possessions is no longer termed “grave robbing” rather the new and preferred definition is archaeology.
My personal opinion is that if you are curious and intelligent enough to discern that these people donated their bodies to the “Real Bodies” exhibition for a reason – to teach others and as such who are you to begrudge them their last attempt at perpetuity? By all means go along and view the magic that is the human form – for once from the inside out. Which in these times of obsession with external appearance is almost a breath of fresh air.

“The digging up of various graves and exhuming persons long gone along with their possessions is no longer termed ‘grave robbing’ rather the new and preferred definition is archaeology.”

My 8-year-old daughter has been learning about the human body at school and is most excited by the prospect of going to see this exhibit. Having a few years of life experience to shape my opinion, I may be a little less excited but just as curious. I freely admit to being albeit a little anxious at the thought of coming face to face with my own mortality. At 8 years of age she can afford to be a little more cavalier about it.

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Sideshow Alley

29.05.18

Sideshow Alley

Dance for Life 2018 is rapidly approaching and last Wednesday we opened our Alexandria showroom to some of the madness. Along with our organisers Thinking Works and InStyle, seven of the teams that are participating in the June 15th competition created stalls where all proceeds went to their fundraising targets.

The night was filled with stalls of fairy floss, popcorn, and cocktails to mini golf, video games, face painting and fortune telling. TCW supplied delicious paella for the masses and the incredible team from ReachOut managed tickets. Youth ambassador Yaseen spoke passionately and with gratitude about his experience with ReachOut. He enthused about why it is so important that the generations of youth growing up today feel more open, and are compelled to have more conversations about mental health than before.
In the waves of technology, social media usage, and constant bombardment of news and events, having a quiet space to think and rest ones mind is difficult, especially if you don’t have a quiet one to begin with. ReachOut Australia is one of the most comprehensive and full spectrum organisations when it comes to addressing issues of mental health. Their services go above and beyond in providing a plethora of ways to understand and manage mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, anorexia and wide variety more.
TCW is so excited that we are involved this year and hopefully for more to come! Good luck teams and don’t forget that tickets are still on sale for those of you who haven’t got your hands on some yet.
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Yes, Dance for Life is an incredible event for the architecture and design industry in Australia, but none of us would be here if it wasn’t supporting a worthwhile cause.

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National Media Provider

National Media Provider

Design Firm: Hot Black,
Building: RORK Projects

TCW was brought in by Hot Black to provide furniture for the lobby of an iconic National Australian media provider in Ultimo, Sydney. The area we needed to fit out had to fulfil casual meeting and café areas that would be accessed by their staff, visitors and related guests. We relied on two of our key suppliers Naughtone Furniture and Actiu to meet the needs of this multi-use space.

 

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Working alongside Hot Black we supplied a range of our beautiful Naughtone furniture products into the scene. The collection included Bounce Chairs that were placed in the café and alongside low meeting tables, Always Chairs and Always Loungers in bold yellow and blue, set up as small meeting configurations. The Construct Stools, and Trace Bar Tables were idea for the canteen and café areas specified in bright tones which picked up on the playful interiors reflecting the design. This selection of Naughtone furniture plays to one of their key strengths – upholstery. This responds well to the increased demand for domestic feeling products with commercial applications, ideal in these breakout areas.

Additionally the Longo Settings from Actiu was used as an alternative low soft seating arrangement. Our aim is always to address the customers’ needs with our high-quality and diverse product ranges. This project was just as important to have functional furniture that fulfilled the purpose, as it was to be visually pleasing. As the first point of contact into the building, a positive impression is vital.

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Catapult

Catapult

Design: Hot Black

Project Management: Renascent

Leader in Sports Technology Data, supporting over 1500 teams worldwide. Moving office they tripled the size of space for premises at Prahran, Victoria.

Our furniture specified for the job included Polo and 4+Tables; Sit to Stand Desks plus MOX-4 Workstations; Sync2 Chairs; Custom Storage; as well as Tambour Door Cabinets and Lockers.

 

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The new facilities include a testing laboratory that is bigger than the company’s first two offices in size, combined. This space is fully equipped with ClearSky and is where every device that leaves headquarters is tested. All 80 Melbourne-based staff working on the same floor, with amenities and co-working spaces on the second floor.





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KAO

KAO

Design Firm: Hot Black
Project Manager: Client Based Solutions

KAO is a worldwide chemical and cosmetic company, produces environmentally sustainable personal and household cleaning products. Relocated to new premises with an approach to be all open plan with no enclosed offices, as well as the establishment of Academy in Camberwell, Victoria.

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Products included in this project were the I.AM Tables; MOX-O Workstations; Wing Chairs; Nassau Chairs; Mit Stools; Custom Storage; Tambour Door Cabinets and Planter Boxes.



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Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor

Design Firm: Unispace

TCW worked with TripAdvisor and the Design Team at Unispace to carry out the design and construct of a new office fit out in Sydney. We had an understanding of the client requirements and we made sure we understood the brief fully when specifying furniture.

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The design brief asked for 100% sit to stand desks for all the staff having the same desking solution and promoting wellbeing in the workplace. We partnered with Teknion to develop a solution in keeping with the TripAdvisor San Francisco office but with some details more grounded in the region. After several weeks of pricing and tweaking we developed a one-size fits all solution, which we needed completed in 10 weeks from start to finish. The design team spent a lot of time providing an environment that was based around the needs of the staff with extensive breakout areas both inside and out.





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Telstra

Telstra

TCW worked with Telstra to design and space plan their stores
Ongoing fit out

TCW has worked alongside Telstra in helping to deliver over a dozen new stores as a part of their Future Retail Environment program. Within Telstra’s brilliant new retail space is TCW’s Longo range which was selected for both it’s simple design and robust structure. The brief was to provide and support comfortable conversations between consultants and customers in a number of different settings and for this the Longo range was perfect.

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The flexibility of the Longo range provides adaptability and choice in consultation setting, the customer gets to pick where they would like to be seated. Whether it is more relaxed on the ottoman, or formal within the banquet, it’s the customer’s choice.

The Longo range enhances open and interactive spaces and coupled with the cool blue upholstery selected for the soft seating reflects the brand aesthetic, and generates a sense of calm and openness. At TCW it is primary that when we work with our clients and designers that the furniture not only upholds its basic form and function but also adds value to the environment in a positive way.





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YELLOW Volume 2

October 30, 2017

YELLOW Volume 2

We are so excited to announce that the second issue of our in-house magazine YELLOW is available online now and physcially in our showroom. This issue we were fortunate to get words from Jeremy Harkins from Ineni Realtime, Markants Jan Beltman’s ideas on the healthy workplace, and an exclusive interview with Tom Lloyd of Pearson&Lloyd. 

View the magazine – http://bit.ly/TCW-YELLOW2

One of our features was the insights from Jeremy Harkins, founder and Director at Ineni Realtime. In this article he delves into the new frontier of virtual reality, and how it will effect the architecture and design industry, as well as our means communication with our customers.
Read below to see for yourself. 

The biggest thing that will change about the internet in the coming decades is how we interact with it.”

We will see our technology shift from screen based interaction to environment based information, eventually reaching a point where the barrier between virtual worlds and the real world are blurred to invisibility; the screen slowly drifting into obscurity much like the radio’s of yesteryear. While we are not completely there yet, Virtual Reality is helping us to make a screenless world possible.

Let’s start by clarifying what Virtual Reality (VR) is exactly, as there seems to be a lot of misconception about the differences between Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), as well as a bunch of other acronyms and labels for the concepts involved.

The current best definition is that VR is part of the “Reality-Virtuality (RV) Continuum”, coined by Paul Milgram’s co-authored paper in his 1994 work “Augmented Reality: A Class of Displays on the Reality-Virtuality Continuum”, that defines the two extremes of MR as Reality to VR, with AR and other derivatives sitting somewhere in the middle. This continuum has always existed, even before the advent of the digital age. It is the dreamworld, the realm of imagination, and we have been trying to access it through mysticism since the dawn of civilisation.

For the first time in history, our digital tools have progressed to where we can experience an alternate reality as if we were physically there; which in a sense, we are; after all, if I can see it, touch it and manipulate it, to my mind at least , it is real.

Games and experiences are being created with a huge variety of content matter. From piloting a fighter jet in a global war, to learning Tai Chi in a picturesque garden, to aiding dementia patients with virtual cues to minimise the effect of memory loss; the imagination really is the only limit with what is currently being created. These brave new virtual worlds are not just producing the stuff of imaginations, they are also allowing us to better understand the real world, with virtual reality being explored by businesses to discover and expose the virtual aspects of their products.

Architects are using VR to step inside their buildings before they exist, exploring design options virtually before committing to build them, allowing for testing and a surety of design that is helping to produce better architecture. Builders are using AR and VR on site during construction to assure the architect’s vision is accurately achieved. Facilities Managers are using MR to peer through the walls of their buildings, visualising pipes and services that are normally hidden from view and virtually inspecting their assets. Occupants and designers are furnishing empty spaces in VR, allowing people to understand how a space will work when it is completely fitted out.

With the goal of always giving the customer a better experience, suppliers and manufacturers are making virtual versions of their stock for marketing purposes and to allow the propagation of their digital products in virtual spaces, extending the reach of brands. All of these activities are contributing to the establishment of a pervasive virtuality that is seamlessly integrated into every object and task around us.

In the continuing journey of technological progress, we are infants in this brave frontier of virtual space, only recently having reached a point where we can believably immerse ourselves in a virtual reality with the current generation of VR headsets, like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.

In just a few years we have seen massive leaps in what is virtually possible, and the current round of VR solutions have shown that this technology is here to stay, and not just a passing fad. Soon the novelty of virtual interaction will subside, and the expectation of access to the valuable and invisible information floating all around us will be common. 

It’s an exciting time to be alive as we get to watch a parallel reality being revealed.

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Happy Birthday Melbourne

November 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Melbourne

Happy One-Year Birthday, to Our TCW Melbourne Furniture Showroom!

Melbourne, thank you for embracing our Victoria team and for making us feel like part of your community. Over the past year we’ve opened 1 new showroom, hosted 2 events, launched 3 new brands, and completed 89 projects. Not to mention the hundreds of unique faces who’ve crossed our path.  

Again, thank you, Melbourne.

Situated in one of Melbourne’s highly regarded hot spots, The St James Precinct, the showroom quickly became a rather unconventional office space within a more conventional office building. TCW Melbourne was designed in collaboration with Interiors firm PTID. Together, our intent was to provide clients with a community space of their own – a place to work, to connect and to relax.

“Happy Birthday to Melbourne! We hope that everyone that attended our birthday had a fantastic time celebrating with us.”

TCW Melbourne has brought a fresh, and more holistic solution to the Melbourne commercial furniture industry – quality product, great service and competitive pricing. This combination was our goal and so far we’ve been blown away by the response of the Melbourne A&D community and with the niche we’ve been able to fill.

Some of our most memorable projects to date include:

Arup, Buchan Group Melbourne, Castle Towers Sydney, C02CRC, Central Queensland University, Dan Murphy’s, DST Bluedoor, Monash Law Faculty, Porsche Cars Australia, Qantas, Renault Australia, UNIQLO, Julliard, Australia Post, Sidra Solutions, Holman Fenwick Wilan

If you haven’t made your way up to Level 4 at 535 Bourke Street, we encourage you to pop in for a welcome visit. Local residents, Robbie Lloyd and Patricia Esser, will be happy to great you, brew you a coffee, and if you act quickly, there may be some leftover birthday cake in store for you too.

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TEKNION WINS BEST OF COMPETITION

June 16, 2016

TEKNION WINS BEST OF COMPETITION

Teknion Corporation today announced that it won six prestigious awards at NeoCon. Zones, a comprehensive series of furniture that transforms the office, earned three awards including the show’s top honor – Best of Competition. The Zones Collection received a Gold Best of NeoCon in the Furniture Collections for Collaboration category. Zones benches won a Gold Best of NeoCon in the Seating: Benches category, and Zones tables earned Silver in the Conference Room Furniture category.

The Teknion Sanna by Pablo lighting collection designed by Pablo Pardo collected a Gold Best of NeoCon award in the Lighting: Task/Desktop/Furniture-Integrated category. The Tek Pier integrated, height-adjustable, wall-mounted worksurface and monitor earned Gold in the Technology-Integrated Solutions category.

“Winning five Best of NeoCon awards plus the Best of Competition is incredibly rewarding in light of the record number of product entries this year and their overall design excellence,” said David Feldberg, President & CEO. “We share these honors with Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson whose design team, working in conjunction with our own designers, has done an exceptional job with Zones. We also share these awards with Pablo Pardo for Sanna, and our talented in-house design team for their work on Tek Pier and all of the other outstanding products we exhibited at NeoCon.”

“We share these honours with Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson whose design team, working in conjunction with our own designers, has done an exceptional job with Zones. We also share these awards with Pablo Pardo for Sanna, and our talented in-house design team for their work on Tek Pier and all of the other outstanding products we exhibited at NeoCon.”

Zones is a comprehensive series of furniture that transforms the office, challenging convention and changing the way people experience work. The collection is comprised of seating, tables, screens, easels and semi-private enclosures, which can be used as either intimate collaborative settings or a place of retreat for privacy. In addition to furniture settings, Zones encompasses lighting and accessories.

In addition to the Best of NeoCon and Best of Competition awards, Zones was a HiP Awards Honoree in the Workplace: Seating, Lounge, Collection category in Interior Design magazine’s annual recognition program. Zones was also presented a Metropolis Likes, which recognizes emerging design trends through the magazine’s social media-based award program.

Teknion received three other HiP Awards for new products. Teknion Sanna by Pablo lighting was the winner in the Lighting category. Focus Wall, and the Around Task Chair designed by Justus Kolberg, were Honorees in their respective categories. In the People category, David Feldberg won a Lifetime of HiPness Award.

Ninety-three awards were distributed in the Best of NeoCon 2016 competition of contract furnishing products during NeoCon, June 13-15, at theMART in Chicago. A total of 423 products were entered in 43 product and furnishing categories in the competition, sponsored by Contract magazine, NeoCon, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and The McMorrow Reports for Facilities Management.

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What’s Instore for the World of Work in 2016?

April 15, 2016

What’s Instore for the World of Work in 2016?

Article originally published by Allison Tsao, Sr. Workstyle Consultant, Veldhoen + Company

Does your work environment effect your performance – your productivity, creativity, or overall well-being? Are you curious to know how the workplace trends forecast for 2016 correspond with the psychology behind activity based working? Read on to find out and to gain access to TCW’s upcoming event series – the first featuring ABW experts Velhoen + Company…  

As we kick off a new year, I found myself wondering about what 2016 holds for the world of work. It got me thinking about what I’ve read, heard, and experienced throughout 2015 and how 2016 could continue to not only evolve, but push the boundaries of possibility. Many people are discussing trends and predictions, however, I wanted to take a different angle and present my own personal hopes for where we could be going to not only evolve, but transform our workplaces. As a believer of the Anticipatory Principle – what one hopes to create in the future has a significant impact on guiding one’s actions in the present – I bravely put forth my Top 6 Hopes (rather than predictions) for the world of work in 2016:

So how will you tackle these challenges in 2016? If any of this has stirred your thoughts, please get in contact. The world of work is never without challenges, however, as Goethe once said, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now”.

1. Flexibility will become the norm rather than the exception – flexibility is no longer a perk, rather a demand from the workforce. Gone are the days of traditional work hours and static work locations. Globalisation and technology will only continue to increase so employers will need to fundamentally rethink their strategy around flexible working, and this needs to be fully supported and enabled by the company culture, leadership style, and tools and technology. The blurring of personal and professional lives will continue, increasing the demand for more flexibility to manage the integration, rather than the balance, of the two. If your company’s been putting off thinking about this big, scary topic, 2016 is your time to tackle it head on.

2. Less policies, more freedom – with an emphasis on flexibility as the new norm, more and more companies are and will continue to take a progressive stance to move away from traditional policies and rule-based cultures. Unlimited vacation days, non-standardised working hours, eliminating the performance management process in favor of year round, informal feedback and coaching, and flexible working arrangements that work for individual needs will enable increased freedom of choice. This freedom of choice will also increase the need for employees to demonstrate more personal accountabiilty and intention to define and voice their needs while still achieving outcomes. Mutual trust will become a key attribute in fully embracing this freedom and creating a fluidity to the way we lead our lives.

3. Collectivism over individualism – the conversation topic of “collaboration” will continue to heat up. A shift in our typical individualistic way of working will occur to make room for the collective whole. Cultures will shift to establish and evaluate against team goals, celebrate and reward team accomplishments, and create team-based coaching processes. Traditional hierarchy will be challenged even in the most bureaucratic organisations, and collectivism will blur the lines of organisational structure and make functions or departments irrelevant. Rather, organisations will focus on people’s knowledge and skills to bring together the most effective teams to create new possibilities.

4. Focus on inclusion – Enabling the workforce will rely not only on diversity, as it has in the past, but more importantly will shift focus towards inclusion. For the first time, the workforce will be welcoming Gen Z’ers into the workplace. Their way of working is even more agile than Gen Y so employers will be challenged to meet the needs of 4 generations in the workforce while taking measures to not alienate any single generation. Creating a workplace culture that enables flexibility and collectivism while also balancing the strengths and preferences of 4 different generations will present a major challenge, which means companies need to support workers used to more traditional ways of working through this change by providing everyone with the competence and confidence to thrive.

5. The workplace will become a true strategic enabler – Let’s face it – real estate has typically been seen as a business cost. However, the conversation has been and should continue to shift away reducing real estate costs towards increasing brand equity through the workplace. After all, the workplace can serve as an enabler of a company’s strategy, a talent attractor, and a key differentiator from competitors. To enable this shift, real estate and properties professionals need to challenge their own paradigms and upgrade their skills to be able to influence business leaders and fellow peers around how a workplace strategy can be a critical link to the business’s strategy.

6. Inviting the outside in – workplaces and employers will open their office doors to the outside. This means inviting strategic partners, potential partners and customers, and existing customers inside their homes to collaborate in ways that never existed before. Traditional ways of thinking around confidentiality and collaboration will be challenged, as partners and customers can provide key input into the design of new or improved products and services. The traditional “firewall” between the outside and inside will become irrelevant to the ultimate outcome – creating more value for customers.

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The Day I Met Eames Demetrios – Grandson of Charles and Ray Eames

February 20, 2016

Meeting Eames Detmetrios

As told by TCW Director Kasim Ali-Khan – Last weekend had 2 personal highlights. The first was winning nearest the pin at Wakehurst, a birdie and the promise of beer. The second requires a little more explaining…

EAMES DEMETRIOS needs to be recognised as a global and interstellar traveller, poet and story teller. In the world of CS Lewis there are fictional characters appealing to children with a parallel meaning to adults, inviting the symbolism of Aslan as Christ and the world of the stars and constellations. 2 layers operating in a mesh of fiction and symbolism. Eames has created a world with a series of “markers” in 127 locations around the world in remote places, under water and in more popular spots, where stories unfolds with a tint of local flavour and characters with creatures from the deep depths of his mind. Welcome to Kcymaerxthaere. Eames has overlaid “Earth” with his parallel world of design and creativity having no boundaries to the imagination of form and function. Throw in characters, stories and places in Kcymaerxthaere where “Nobunaga” links “Alcibiades” at the “Adalanta Desert” across the parallel universe with the current geography of the world and you have a vivid world of stories and possibilities.

Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, needs to be recognised as a global and interstellar traveller, poet and story teller. 

So there I was in a place, known in our world as Kangaroo Valley, a tranquil spot owned by Designer and Sculptor Alex Ritchie with Edward de Bono guardian, Amanda Mobbs, in the middle of the adventure to lay another piece of the world of Kcymaerxthaere here in our back yard. So the 128th marker was laid amongst a frenzy or formwork and setting concrete, with 1541 words ( not quite infinity less 29) a team of enthusiastic pilgrims just being a part of a story not yet written. As the shadows lengthened and the mossies tore into their work, the last letters were pressed and the crowning beer drank to a good days work. Eames indulged us with 20 minutes of his world and the vision for these markers and the promise to set out more in this land “we” call Australia. Not sure what I got out of this experience apart for an appreciative and commemorative shot glass for my participation, but I would not have traded the day and the experience of being a part of something important. One day the places and the characters will become household names like Aslan and the White Witch and when I take my grandkids to the marker in kangaroo valley and probably others, I can say I was a part of this adventure.

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Q&A with LoOok Industries

February 11, 2016

Q&A with LoOok Industries

These days, we’re constantly followed by the pressures of daily life. Our robust smartphones, pervasive Wi-Fi services, and an ever-more-powerful Internet keep us connected, engaged, and distracted. Whether we’re at home, in the office, or in all the places in between, we’re switched “on”.

It’s getting harder to simply relax. There’s no place to kick back, to restore one’s energy, and to get a clear perspective. We are surrounded by too much noise, too many distractions, and not enough comfort.

Read on as we interview Ivar Gestranius of LoOok Industries and uncover how this furniture manufacturer is helping to solve some of today’s most pressing work problems… 

“The best way to get inspired is to go outside and have a look at what’s going on around you. It’s much harder sitting inside four walls trying to force yourself to come up with the next big thing or figure out what people want or need.”

GIGI  (TCW): You are a collection of creatives that make up LoOok Industries. How has this relationship formed, and what do you each contribute to the business?

IVAR GESTRANIUS (LOOOK INDUSTRIES): Me and the other founder Kevin Lahtinen went to design school together. During this time, we did a lot of design projects together, usually quite successfully. After finishing school, we didn’t really have anything better to do so we decided to start a company that designs furniture. As the company grew, we had to pick up a few more great minds along the way; all with an equally bad sense of humor. One guy who is a marketing guru and one guy who is really good with numbers, etc.

GD: Why are there 3 O´s in LoOok Industries?

IG: There are actually three good reasons for that. Maybe not good reasons, but three reasons nonetheless. First of all, three is usually better than two. Secondly, you have to admit that three o´s look and sound cooler. Last but not least, when coming up with the company name on a cold night back in 2009, whiskey may have played a small role in that particular creative process.

GD: Who, where and what inspires you?

IG: The best way to get inspired is to go outside and have a look at what’s going on around you. It’s much harder sitting inside four walls trying to force yourself to come up with the next big thing or figure out what people want or need. Usually when you ask a designer that question they tell you a long crappy story of how they got their inspiration from the nature; from the shape of a leaf or from a stone on the beach. I guess people and all the weird things going on in their everyday life inspire me.

GD: What makes your work unique? What characterises LoOok Industries’ style?

IG: I have always been a fan of Nordic design. We like to think of our design as Nordic design with a twist. There is still the focus on functionality and certain simplicity, but we try to add a little extra weirdness to the equation.

GD: In your opinion, how does Finnish design / manufacturing standout from that of the rest of the world?

IG: I think Finnish design usually is quite simplistic and functional. We put a lot of attention to detail and use a lot of natural materials. When I think of Finnish design I also think of high quality.

GD: I understand you’re quite an environmentally conscious company. Tell me about your environmental philosophy.

IG: It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that this planet is slowly dying. The environment is something we always take into consideration when designing new products. We put a lot of thought into materials, manufacturing processes and product lifecycle. There are of course different ways to look at environmentally friendly furniture. For example, a durable chair made out of glass reinforced plastic probably will be just as durable and look the same after 50 years. A chair made out of some other material may not be as durable and you would have to buy a new one 5 times during that same period. I’m not sure which one is better.

GD: What are some of the highlights of your career so far, and why?

IG: I guess there have been a lot of highlights. I can’t think of any in particular. Of course it’s always nice to get appreciation for our designs. When architects praise our designs or if a customer tells you how happy they are with the products, it always brightens up your day.

GD: What would you consider to be your “hallmark” piece(s), and why?

IG: That would probably be The Box Lounger. It is our best selling product at the moment. It has such a differentiating look and it works really great. When it was launched it got an unbelievable amount of media attention around the world.

GD: What is the most notable project you have worked on, and why?

IG: I don’t know about most notable, but I helped my mom build a birdhouse last summer. I made it out of scrap wood found on the beach. It had two floors and a chimney. She was really happy about it.

GD: Business or creativity wise, what has been your greatest challenge?

IG: The greatest challenge so far was probably to get the company up and running. As mentioned earlier we started the company straight after school and at that time we didn’t really know anything about running a design business. Fortunately, you learn a lot along the way, and if a mistake costs you enough, you probably won’t do the same mistake twice. Looking at where we are today, I guess we did at least a few things right.

GD: What (if anything) is frustrating you in the design world lately, and Why?

IG: I’m not sure. There is something, but I can’t really put my finger on what it is.

GD: Tell me a bit about the future of LoOok Industries. Can you share any new products or concept you currently working on?

IG: There is a lot going on at Loook Industries for the moment. We are working on seven new products that will be launched in October during the Orgatec fair in Cologne, Germany. Unfortunately, we will have to keep them a secret until then, but I can assure you, we have some really cool stuff coming up. If you feel like dropping by, our stand number is K-031, Hall 10,2.

GD: What else do you want Australia to know about you?

IG: The story of Loook industries has only just begun. Keep up to date with what’s going on in the deepest darkest north by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

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3 Ways to Make Sitting Good Again

February 2, 2016

3 Ways to Make Sitting Good Again

Sitting has been getting a bad rap lately. As much as we at TCW support movement, ergonomics and standing while you work, it’s time to highlight some positives in chair design, don’t you think?  
Let’s have a look at three ways we can help you can make sitting good again…

“THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN” – CHARLES EAMES

#1 – Longo by Actiu  Longo is a modular system that allows formal structures and dynamic spaces to collide. Fusing soft seating with workstations and storage, Longo connects and branches into unlimited seating opportunities.
#2 – Bounce by Naughtone Called Bounce due to independent movement of the seat and back, this flexible design provides a comfort and sophistication not usually associated with steel and plywood chairs. It’s streamlined components allow the form of Bounce to shine.
#3 Speed-o by Dauphin Futuristic design coupled with intelligent technology. Its sleek design and attractive price point make Speed-o the perfect task chair to meet the demands of a modern office. Even more, Speed-o was developed to minimise waste, energy consumption and environmental impact. Nothing bad about that!

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SYDNEY INDESIGN 2015 – POST EVENT PRESS RELEASE

August 20, 2015

Sydney Indesign – Press Release

Sydney, August 13th to 15th – TCW reopened its doors for the first time since the completion of its newly expanded Sydney showroom and welcomed more than 800 visitors from Australia’s architect and design community for three days of new products, events, and art installations.
CHECK OUT our latest Press Release to find our more about our stunning new Sydney showroom and the recent Sydney InDesign Event.

It’s been an industrious few months for TCW and it certainly showed during Sydney InDesign 2015 – the renowned interior design event that took place August 13 to 15th across Sydney. A new showroom, exclusive new product lines, an eye-catching rebrand, and The Project art installation were all revealed during three days of educational events, showroom tours and networking.
Following a successful Melbourne launch earlier in the year, TCW has continued with a major expansion and renovation to its Sydney headquarters. The showroom is situated at the same great location (within Alexandria’s design precinct), but TCW has knocked down the neighbouring walls and nearly doubled in size.
Under the guidance of local design firm PTID, new finishes such as polished concrete floors, plywood feature walls and LED suspended lights are found throughout.
To top it off, an exploded version of Le Corbusier’s “Cortège, Portfolio-1939, Fall of Barcelona” shrouds an entire wall soaring up to five and a half meters in height. The print is a spectacle to be seen and made for an unparalleled photo backdrop during the event. 

“It’s what we wish for our clients”, Director Kasim Ali-Khan said, “The opportunity to create workspaces that accommodate everyone’s unique habits, working styles, and rituals”.

TCW was set to showcase three new manufacturers during Friday and Saturday’s InDesign showroom tours. Loose furnishings by UK’s Naughtone and Finland’s LoOok Industries added a colourful splash of breakout furniture throughout the space, while Teknion featured its collaborative bench system, Interpret, and innovative presentation technology, CLUBtalk.
Teknion is the latest addition to TCW’s list of exclusive brands. It is a Canadian-headquartered, global leader in commercial furniture and, along with TCW, is well equipped to serve multi-national and regional companies alike. Other established brands on display included: Actiu, Dauphin, Markant, Anon&Co, and Colebrook Bosson Saunders, among several others. 
Once the dust was cleared and upgraded corporate branding in place, TCW inaugurated it’s new space with a Friday evening WorkLife Seminar titled “Big Data & Smart Buildings.” The evening’s panel featured some of TCWs most prolific speakers to date – Jeremy Pollack (POMT), Kellie Payne (Bates Smart), Peter McCamley (Incorp Property Solutions Group) and Brent Harman (Atlassian).
With moderation by the eloquent Max Thomson (Spitfire Control), the panelists addressed the integration of technology into structures, answering the question, “How can smart technology and big data be intelligently and sensitively deployed to improve workplaces while being sensitive to concerns around privacy and personal control.”
Is ‘Earl’, the UPS driver who’s paid extra to generate data via tracking his every movement, the way of the future? Or is the white-collar workspace already generating this data through our innate dependency on technology?
If a new space and new products weren’t enough, TCW once again participated in the The Project – InDesign’s art installation competition. This year’s chosen theme was Ritual and, in line with the current trend toward activity-based workplaces, TCW interpreted the theme by transforming its showroom into a journey through modern daily rituals.
The Project started with everybody’s favourite morning ritual (coffee, of course!) and led attendees through physical movement (an acrobatic yoga workshop), collaboration (team building exercises), play (who doesn’t like a photo booth?) and concluded at an offering station. Here guests were encouraged to set a ritual they wished to incorporate into their own daily lives, scroll it onto a ribbon and tied it off to a colourful sacred archway.
“It’s what we wish for our clients,” Director Kasim Ali-Khan said, “The opportunity to create workspaces that accommodate everyone’s unique habits, work styles, rituals.
Now, how the baker managed to match our new logo colour so closely, that I won’t understand,” continued Kasim with a chuckle before biting into one of the best Pantone 7409 donuts we’ve tasted.

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TCW OPENS NEW MELBOURNE SHOWROOM

May 15, 2015

TCW Melbourne Opening

Here at TCW we love supporting change, progress, and improvement. That’s just what we do. We help our clients with their business changes and challenges each and every day. We also know it’s important to focus on our own transformation – to stay fresh and relevant to the clients we serve…to people like you!

CHECK OUT our latest Press Release to find our more about our stunning new Melbourne showroom and the recent Launch Party!

TCW (Tables Chairs & Workstations), is excited to announce that its Melbourne Showroom is now open.TCW proudly presented the new space during a stylish launch party on Thursday, May 28th. The evening included some of Victoria’s most well-known interior design and construction influencers, all of whom enjoyed an evening of socializing, live entertainment and an opportunity to casually explore some of TCW’s new products.

The showroom, located at 535 Bourke Street, Melbourne, marks a new stage for the Sydney-based, commercial furniture dealer who has undergone a recent rebrand and holds significant plans for continued expansion.

“TCW Melbourne has been designed to provide clients with a community space of their own,” says Melbourne Sales Manager, Robbie Lloyd, “a place to visit, to work, to relax and enjoy a conveniently located environment situated in one of Melbourne’s highly regarded hot spots – The St James Precinct.”

It was this sense of friendly community that was felt during the evening’s festivities and one that TCW wishes to continue to support. One designer remarked, “I’m getting to know my colleagues more tonight than I have in all the years we’ve worked together. This space is simply fantastic.”

TCW Melbourne was designed by renowned Interiors firm, PTID. Staying true to the brief – design something slightly unusual within a more conventional office space – TCW Melbourne boasts a dramatic black open ceiling, polished concrete floors and feature carpet by Interface. A warm, autumnal colour palette was chosen to coincide with TCW’s new mustard-yellow logo and current design trends.

On behalf of PTID, Director, Cameron Harvey commented, “TCW brings a much more holistic solution to the furniture supply industry. One that will provide a welcome sense of competition to the design marketplace in Melbourne”.

TCW’s Director, Kasim Ali-Khan, echoed this sentiment. “So why TCW and why Melbourne?” said Kasim, “By answering the market’s demand for great product, great service and competitive pricing, TCW aims to fill an existing gap between service offering and actual delivery.”

Kasim acknowledged the wonderful depth of design in Melbourne and congratulated all in attendance for being part of such a superior design community. He also expressed gratitude toward the brands that have helped to solidify the business (ActiuDauphin and Markant), as well as introduced the crowd to TCW’s latest manufacturers (LoOok Industriesand naughtone). Both align well with the residential and hospitality aesthetic increasingly found in today’s office environments. Others present included reputable ergonomic and accessory brands (Colebrook Bosson SaundersZgonicBeCodeOof).

If you haven’t had a chance to experience the new space for yourself, TCW welcomes you to schedule a tour and looks forward to meeting more of the Melbourne community.

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Naughtone Excites

April 2, 2014

Naughtone Excites

Always’ easy form has been designed to compliment any interior no matter what the style; the 5 different base options facilitate this even further. Always is proportioned to offer a positive back support with a comfortable enclosed feeling. The organic form of Always feels as good as it looks from every angle; it uses contemporary engineered foam techniques to provide the fine shape without compromising the comfort and durability. 

Technically, Always is meticulously upholstered to ensure the cover will remain neatly tailored to the product. Always is upholstered over an engineered foam core a top a steel frame for firmly affixing all 5 different base options.

Always’ easy form has been designed to compliment any interior no matter what the style; the 5 different base options facilitate this even further.

The Always chair swivel base is cut from mild steel plate and mild steel tubing. A separate swivel mechanism is pressed into the top of the tube before the top plate is attached. The base is then finished with either chrome plating or polyester powder coat. The components can be separated with hand tools for end of life recycling

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