TOKO honored with Best of Products Award by Architects Newspaper

Nienkämper is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the winner in the Furnishings: Commercial category for TOKO as part of Architects Newspaper 2023 Best of Products Awards.

“Together with Nienkämper, we identified a need for a common social space that can be easily integrated into existing environments. A place or destination to meet for a refreshment or impromptu meeting and Zoom call. Aesthetically, designed to be neutral, to fit in, yet distinctive utilizing finest Spinneybeck’s Flexible Wood and Filzfelt materials.” Carl Gustav Magnusson

Carl Gustav Magnusson

Explore TOKO, designed by Carl Gustav Magnusson. Toko is a collection of self-supporting structures designed to create unique acoustical spatial environments within open spaces. With a seemingly endless variety of configurations, Toko allows you to configure distinct acoustical environments for a variety of uses based on the needs and activities of the modern workplace. Whether it’s a place to collaborate or concentrate – to meet or to eat, Toko allows for the creation of beautiful and functional workspaces.

Toko’s freestanding design enables relocation or reconfiguration as well as independence from traditional building architecture, without incurring the costs associated with conventional drywall construction. It’s customizable, perfect for meeting the needs of ever evolving workplaces.

Available in a range of different combinations of materials: wood veneer, engineered wood, and wool felt panels, Toko’s wall structure provides excellent visual and acoustic separation. Flexible Wood: wood and engineered wood are made flexible with a patented incision process developed by Switzerland-based Dukta, in partnership with Spinneybeck. Complex incisions allow textile-like properties plus create transparency, allowing light in and sound absorption unexpected from most wood products.  Acoustic panels stretched overhead provide additional sound absorption while still allowing light in making Toko an ideal solution for video conferencing hubs.

Toko is offered with integrated power and can accommodate meeting tables and seating areas alike. Built in credenza storage with optional refrigeration is available, as well as wall mounts for monitors, whiteboards or other shelving.  With no electricity constraints and no floor-to-ceiling partitions, Toko is purposeful modular architecture that offers companies an affordable, sustainable and flexible alternative to fixed construction and traditional office design.   Toko is designed to create unique, semi-secluded areas within open spaces.

Toko was shown at NeoCon 2023 in unfinished natural walnut frame with Linar Flexible Wood in MDF and was awarded Best of NeoCon Silver.

About Carl Gustav Magnusson

Carl Gustav Magnusson is considered one of the industry’s most acclaimed designers.  Swedish born and educated in architecture, he worked with The Office of Ray and Charles Eames in Venice CA, then opened his namesake studio in Rudolf Schindler’s house in LA.

With Knoll he worked 3 decades as Director of Design in Paris, London, Milan and New York. He commissioned designers ranging from Ettore Sottsass, GianFranco Frattini, Ross Lovegrove, Frank Gehry to Maya Lin.  He founded the Knoll Museum and established the visionary Knoll Design Symposium at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Since forming CGM Design NY in 2005 he has designed products for Knoll, Teknion, iDesk, Allseating, Nienkämper, 000 Porsche Editions, Momentum and Spinneybeck/Filzfelt.  He has garnered over 40 design awards including Contract Magazines Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement.  His lectures on design matters for clients include BMW, Knoll, Waterworks, Maharam, Teknion, SCAD, Yale Art Gallery and Art Center College of Design and juried design at Yale, RISD, ACCD and IF Germany.

He increasingly dedicated energy to pro bono projects, As board member of The Bertoia Foundation and Madworkshop, he has advanced community design and projects with The Architectural League, Pratt Institute to a current sculpture project in Venice, Italy.

About Nienkämper

Established in 1968, Nienkämper is an internationally recognized designer and manufacturer of fine office furniture. Nienkämper is committed to being at the forefront of innovation; collaborating with forward-thinking designers; and pushing the boundaries of technology.  Excellence from design to delivery.

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