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.