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Ahrend’s innovation in the centre of German and Dutch consultation between Merkel and Rutte
Thursday April 21st the Prime Minster of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven where they had a meeting about innovation and their cooperation. A high tech Smart Table was designed especially for this meeting by technology company ZENS, designer Marijn van der Poll and office furnisher Ahrend. The Smart Table, with integrated wireless smartphone charging points, and the Ahrend Kaigan chairs created the ideal environment where Merkel and Rutte could speak in private.
Designer Van der Poll: “I wanted to give a political touch to the table. The table is engraved with a world globe. I found that a beautiful symbol”
High tech Smart Table with integrated wireless charging points
ZENS integrated the technology of wireless charging in the Smart Table. ZENS is a partner of Ahrend and they work together on smart office solutions. One of the newest innovations is the Ahrend Smart Working App. This app allows employees to check in at a workplace. The app also makes it possible to find colleagues and available workplaces. It is one of the latest innovations to have been developed by the recently opened Ahrend InnovationLAB.
The Ahrend InnovationLAB is just 25 kilometers away from the High Tech Campus. In this lab, Ahrend, technology companies and universities pool their knowledge to come up with innovations.
Two Ahrend Kaigan chairs were placed opposite one another with the Smart Table in between, acting as a connecting element to give Rutte and Merkel the opportunity to have an informal meeting. The Ahrend Kalgan chair, designed by Marijn van der Poll, is fully acoustic because of its filling and roof. This design and technology has the effect of allowing ambient noise to disappear once seated in the Kaigan.
The design of the Ahrend Kaigan is based on the Dutch Scheveningen Beach Chair from the 1920’s. Its name finds its origin in Japan where Kaigan means beach and coast. The Kaigan is very popular in open offices, because it easily creates temporary privacy. This can be for informal meetings, but also for an important call requiring the highest level of concentration.
From next week, the Smart Table and Kaigan chairs can be seen in the Ahrend head office in Sint-Oedenrode.
(Source pictures: www.e52.nl)