What was your point of departure when designing the Qabin Collection?
One of the main points of departure for me was to create a safe haven for when everyone goes back to the office. The coronavirus pandemic means it’s even more important that people feel comfortable when they do return. The Qabin Collection brings peace into the work environment. You achieve this with things like the magnetic door closure with its audible ‘click’ that gives a sense of privacy. At the same time, we’ve ensured that the box is particularly well-ventilated - to make it a place you can stay in for longer periods. The Qabin ventilation system really is unique.
What is so special about the design of the Qabin?
Every line in Qabin has its function. For example, lighting, accessories or a desktop can be fitted into the spaces between the various panels. This creates a kind of peace in the design without unnecessary additions. You can also clearly see that the panels are filled with foam, like a kind of cushion. This contributes to the pleasant acoustics, while also giving the user of the box the same perception.
I also wanted architects to be able to play with Qabin in their interior designs. That’s why the basic form is very neutral.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the fact that everything works. The design and technical aspects have come together really nicely. The collaboration with our international technical team was extremely valuable in that regard. We took advantage of the time difference, which enabled us to work very efficiently. It was real teamwork!
The design process was entirely digital. That’s a big challenge in itself: what you draw in a design program is pretty abstract. Only when you actually have the components in your hands do you really know if it’s going to work. Fortunately, that worked out very well.
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How do you see the Qabin Collection being used?
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