​Here and Now:
The Qui Collection


Teknion Studio

Teknion Studio’s versatile Qui Collection, designed by Monica Armani, supports people when and where they want to work.

The Qui Collection, designed by renowned Italian architect and industrial designer Monica Armani for Teknion Studio and introduced at NeoCon 2015, was conceived as a family of products geared towards the increasingly prevalent need for versatility and adaptability in the workplace. With Qui, Armani created a system of ottomans, tables, and space dividers that can be used individually or together, in various combinations, to form comfortable spaces for socializing, collaborative work, or even privacy—“Places that can be lived and interpreted in different ways,” according to Armani.

“The Qui Collection creates a place where people can easily and informally meet and find the right atmosphere to work and create, without sacrificing functionality and usefulness,” she explains. “This is what we need from our workplaces.” The various elements of Qui include a small ottoman on caster wheels and medium and large ottomans that are stationary; round and square tables in a range of sizes that are available in occasional, work, and dining heights; and privacy screens in two heights with glides and integrated storage options.

Overall, the collection has a precise and recognizable design that combines the harmony and softness of the forms with the rigor and pragmatism of technical solutions and materials. The upholstered elements, for example, are characterized by simple, comfortable cushions, but have integral electrical cabling to provide power to mobile devices. And all the elements can be easily integrated with the other elements, giving rise to different and flexible solutions for work or social environments.


“The Qui Collection creates a place where people can easily and informally meet and find the right atmosphere to work and create, without sacrificing functionality and usefulness.”


 

According to Charlie Bell, President of Teknion Studio, the details of Qui are what distinguish the collection from its competition. “There are many different ottomans, poufs, benches, etc. on the market, but for Qui it’s all in the execution of the elements and how they ‘play’ together,” he says. The ottomans can accommodate up to three different textile applications, with the added detail of a “T” stitch in the top. Contrasting leathers, fabrics, and stitching can be specified, allowing the designer  to create unique combinations specific to each project. An optional wood detail ring with a thoughtfully integrated USB port is available  in six different finishes that coordinate with the tables. And the tables themselves include one of the collection's most elegant features, a leg “pass-through” detail that is expressed on table surface.

“The first inspiration for Qui was the cozy meeting places of Central European culture, which is an important part of my background,” says Armani. “We can see this sign in the wonderful use of the textiles and in the wood details. I think that the Qui Collection, as all my projects, has a unique attention to detail. The mix of materials, the shapes, and the techniques give life to a place that can last.” Even when that space is encouraged to change, and often.