- Opening Event Design Hub Rotterdam
On the occasion of the metamorphosis of the showroom of Ahrend in Rotterdam, LEEM WONEN took a look at the new showroom. Read her blog below.
Inspiring Design Hub
The past couple months, there has been workde really hard to transform the Ahrend showroom in the middle of Rotterdam to a creative and inspiring Design Hub. Obviously the products and materials fit better in this new, modern environment. But the Design Hub is now also more of a ‘workplace’ for designers and architects.
On the ground floor you can find the showroom, which is very accessible for everyone that is interested. I spotted the Result Chair, but also the design classical Mehes and the iconic Revolt of Friso Kramer, which is also the predecessor of the Result.
One level higher, you walk straight into the spacious library of materials, with many fabrics samples from, amongst others, Desso and Kvadrat. Because it is nice to look at a fabric, feel it and ask all of your interior questions to the experts of Ahrend.
Next to this, there is a stylish, cosy decorated meeting room with pink velvet chairs of Arco, with whom I fell directly in love with! On the other side of the floor, everyone has the possibility to enjoy a cup of coffee or a healthy lunch at the big table, where plants and the so-called ‘botanical prints’ fill the space.
On the top floor, there are flex workplaces, where everyone can work creatively together.
Creative sessions and innovative creations
In cooperation with the partners Kvadrat, Interface, Vescom and PD Lighting, Ahrend will organise a knowledge session. In November they kick off with a meeting about Hospitality. Also workshops, presentations and lectures are part of the plan.
During the re-opening, Product Manager Services Bob Stamhuis introduced me to the Comfort Workstation. A nice piece of high tech, which is meant to fully control your own workplace. With an own ‘ergonomical passport’, the workplace remembers all your wishes and preferences, which makes sure you don’t have to set up your desk again. For example, you can set up your own work height, sitting ánd standing.
The Comfort Workstation is also equipped with biodynamical lighting, which allows you to set up the intensity and the colour of your lighting yourself. It brings the natural day light inside, exactly where you want it to be. It is also possible to adapt the temperature of your workplace. Next to this, the table top can be heated.
The Comfort Workstation is an integral solution, that makes people more productive in a healthy way and makes sure the environment is burdened less. Simpy because the workstation doesn’t work, until you use it.
All together, the renewed Design Hub Rotterdam is a valuable addition for Ahrend and its clients. You are free to experience it yourself!
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