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Multimedia terraced seating area (Media-Koje) based on functional and design specifications
Baufritz, Erkheim, Germany. Alfredo Häberli designed a rotatable multimedia terraced seating area for the “Haussichtˮ concept house constructed by the prefabricated house manufacturer Baufritz. Girsberger engineered and produced the almost ceiling-high piece of furniture, which consists of four layers of step-style seats mounted on top of each other and a backrest. The individual elements can be assembled without tools using specialized fittings, which requires great precision. The piece of furniture weighs two tonnes, yet can be easily rotated by hand. To achieve this, the Girsberger design engineers developed a type of turntable mounted on ball- and roller-bearings which is concealed beneath the structure.
Neue Aargauer Bank,
Bureau Hindermann GmbH,
Neue Aargauer Bank, Aarau, Switzerland. The corporate interior design specialist Bureau Hindermann designed a unique set of furniture for the Neue Aargauer Bank, comprising benches, armchairs and side tables. The distinctive button-tufted upholstery was designed directly in the Girsberger upholstery studio along with the designer and helps to create a particularly comfortable atmosphere. High, sound-absorbing backrests on the benches offer the privacy that is needed for appointments with advisers.
FIFA World Football Museum,
FIFA World Football Museum, Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich-based design agency P.5 designed a series of special furniture for the Football Museum. Girsberger handled the implementation of the furniture designs, starting with a bar stool with a design reminiscent of the classic leather footballs of the 1950s. In close cooperation with the designers, Girsberger first built two prototypes to verify the unusual shape of the seats. The furniture specialists then produced a total of 54 bar stools in a high-quality vintage leather. The football style of the bar stools is unique and only possible thanks to state-of-the-art upholstery techniques. This was followed by the development and creation of other furniture with a football-oriented look.
Swiss lounges Dock E,
Greutmann Bolzern Designstudio,
Swiss lounges, Dock E, Zurich Airport, Switzerland. Greutmann Bolzern designed an innovative multi-zone concept with special furniture for the SWISS lounges in Dock E at Zurich Airport. As well as a range of benches, the collaboration with Girsberger also produced 19 lounges which can be reclined from an upright position for reading to a horizontal position. The key design challenge involved developing a smooth pivot mechanism that would stop gently in both positions. With the aid of prototypes, the reclining process was optimized multiple times and perfected. The U-shaped partitions which enclose each reclining lounger offer privacy and a buffer from any surrounding noise, but also feature integrated electric cabling with a reading light and power sockets to charge batteries.
Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland. For Fritz Glarner's Rockefeller Dining Room at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Alfredo Häberli designed special furniture comprising a table, twenty wire chairs and a matching LED ceiling light made from steel sections. Girsberger then developed and manufactured the items on the basis of the designer's specifications. Prototypes were used to calculate the precise bend radii and ergonomic proportions of the chairs. For the 4.8 m-long table, a special screw fitting had to be developed to attach the clear-glass plates to the frame.
Theater Basel, Switzerland. The seats for the auditorium of Theater Basel's Grosse Bühne were custom-made. Like their predecessors, they are cantilever chairs - a rare sight in theatres anywhere in the world. As the architect Werner Hartmann explains: "Today's audience members are larger on average compared with 40 years ago. To ensure they can still sit comfortably, the seating distribution had to be adjusted." The space between the rows was increased, and the seats were widened by a few centimetres. This meant that the seating had to be completely replaced.
Designer Daniel Rindlisbacher from Breitblick AG was in charge of the concept stage. First, full-size models were built of three different designs, from which the building owners chose their preferred seating.
Girsberger Customized Furniture was awarded the contract for the detailed planning and production of the chair. The cantilever chairs had to be constructed and upholstered to high standards in terms of safety, stability, durability and fire prevention. Further prototypes were then developed, including twelve dummies that underwent additional acoustic tests at EMPA.
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Basel,
Nissen & Wentzlaff
Architectes BSA SIA AG,
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Basel, Switzerland. The staff restaurant in Building 67, a striking early 1970s building on the Roche site, has recently undergone visual, technological and energy-related renovations. To enable flexible use of the two extensive dining rooms, the architectural office Nissen & Wentzlaff came up with a design featuring modular benches. These were intended to divide the large room into different zones, be easy to rearrange, and also lessen the acoustics.
The order for the detailed construction and manufacture of the benches went to Girsberger Customized Furniture. The architects' visualizations resulted in a standardized piece of furniture in different sizes, with wheels for easy handling. The benches absorb sound thanks to their hollow-body construction made from robust, highly porous foam covered with finely perforated leather. Miniature models were built for illustration purposes, followed by a 1:1 prototype for production approval, before the 149 seats were made. This allowed the designer and building owners to verify aesthetic and functional aspects such as the proportions and comfort before the start of production.
Ritz Apartment, Almaty,
Coordination – a design and architectural practice in Berlin
Ritz Apartment, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ritz Apartment, Almaty, Kazakhstan. The 168-metre-high Esentai Tower overlooks all other buildings in the Kazakh city of Almaty. In addition to a hotel and office space, the skyscraper houses private apartments on its top six floors. For one of these apartments, Coordination – a design and architectural practice in Berlin – designed a unique family of lounge chairs comprising nine seating elements and a side table, as well as a granite-topped dining table including chairs. Girsberger's upholstery technicians and wood engineers were responsible for the manufacture of these designs – from planning their construction and building prototypes for usability tests, to producing the final pieces.
Interlaken Tourism / Jungfrau railways Interlaken,
form-sache ag, Schwendibach
Interlaken Tourism | Jungfrau railways, Switzerland "Alpine chic in the new Interlaken Tourism information centre | Jungfrau railways Interlaken". The information centre is prominently located and was extensively renovated in May 2014. The rooms and interior furnishings were redesigned by form-sache ag. The close collaboration with Girsberger AG and form-sache ag produced an original custom-made sofa for the lounge area which perfectly incorporates the idea of "Swissness".
form-sache ag, Schwendibach
Daniel Kündig and Anna Jost, Swissmade, Zurich
Musikinsel Rheinau, Switzerland. The Musikinsel is a new infrastructure which has been created for orchestras, choirs and music groups on the monastic island in Rheinau, Canton Zurich. The former Benedictine abbey, nestling in a double loop of the Rhine, offers numerous practice rooms and 63 hotel rooms for up to 120 musicians. The Musikinsel Rheinau foundation awarded Girsberger the contract to produce the furnishings following a tender procedure. At its modern manufacturing facility in Bützberg, Girsberger created tables and stools together with flexible bed and shelving elements, which enabled the best possible use of the space in the small rooms of the former abbey. The bedheads, which also provide storage space, can be rotated by 90 degrees to suit the layout of the room. During assembly, five Girsberger employees stayed more or less alone in the extensive property.
Zentrum Schönberg, Berne, Switzerland
Daniel Rindlisbacher, Breitblick, Berne
Zentrum Schönberg, Berne, Switzerland. Zentrum Schönberg is the first centre of excellence in Switzerland for dementia and palliative care. The carefully designed furnishings include chairs that are appropriate for the patients' bodies and movements. As there were no commercially available products that met the design and ergonomics demands, Girsberger was tasked with developing an appropriate concept. The specialists optimized an initial prototype together with the people responsible for physiotherapy. The result was a striking piece of furniture with plenty of potential for other rehab centres, hospitals, and old-age or care homes. A widened frame ensures that the chair offers adequate stability. Particular attention was paid to the size and shape of the armrests: they allow the patient to use both hands on one armrest to hold on and support themselves while sitting down or getting up. In addition, the armrests feature a greater than usual incline, so that elbows and shoulders are relaxed while sitting. To take account of different body sizes, the chair was produced with three different seat heights. Besides the chairs, Girsberger also produced exclusively designed room partitions. As they are on wheels, the staff can move them around flexibly to divide up day rooms in line with needs. The lower part of the partition includes a drawer for storing implements, while the upper part – with a total height of up to 180 cm – is designed like a shadow box. Patients can keep their personal implements or memorabilia there. Individual partitions were fitted with acoustic pads to cut down the echo.
Starbucks on rails,
Starbucks Coffee Company and milani design & consulting AG, Thalwil
Starbucks on rails, Switzerland. In a pilot project, SBB joined forces with Starbucks to convert two restaurant cars into a mobile Starbucks Coffee House. To ensure that the design of the double-deck restaurant car was as authentic as possible, SBB’s engineers and the designers at Starbucks worked closely together. The biggest challenge was to reconcile SBB’s stringent safety standards with Starbucks’ exacting design requirements and create an authentic atmosphere. Working to a concept by Dutch designer Frank Paulus of 24SIXANDSUNDAYS, Girsberger developed and produced a chair which, despite the space constraints, provides very comfortable seating.
Catholic church, Versoix, Switzerland
Frei & Stefani SA, Thônex
Catholic church, Versoix, Switzerland. The Catholic church in the small town of Versoix on the shores of Lake Geneva was in poor condition, both inside and out, before being extensively renovated and reconfigured in 2013. The architects Frei & Stefani chose Girsberger as their partner for the wooden interior, as they had already worked together on a number of previous projects. Girsberger's tasks included the manufacture of 150 running metres of rounded pews, a 5-metre crucifix, the altar, the choir stalls and various smaller pieces of furniture from solid core ash and fumed oak. The tight deadlines posed a challenge: the work had to be completed in just three months.
Westside, Berne Brünnen, Switzerland
Westside, Berne Brünnen, Switzerland. "A new space for culinary delights" – this was the theme of the new Food Court design in the Westside shopping and attractions centre in Berne Brünnen. Girsberger Customized Furniture created three custom-made upholstered benches according to design specifications by JosDeVries The Retail Company. Working closely together, they discussed all the details such as colour coordination, the lines of the seams and the button tufting to create robust, high-quality furniture.
Tegia da vaut Plong Vaschnaus in the citizens' community of Domat/Ems, Switzerland
Gion A. Caminada, Vrin
Tegia da vaut Plong Vaschnaus, Domat/Ems, Switzerland. For the Tegia da vaut (forest lodge) in Domat/Ems, built on behalf of the citizens' community of Ems, architect and ETH professor Gion A. Caminada from Vrin had the idea for some extra-special, unique furniture designed to complement the lodge and its surroundings. On the basis of a rough prototype and numerous conversations and trials, we created a completely new chair with a matching bench and table within just three months. It was important that the white fir trees for the furniture were cut during the same moon phase as that used to build the lodge. The waste timber was to be shaped to make the seats and backrests. As the white fir does not really bend well, Girsberger's timber buyer carefully selected the planks on site at the sawmill and coordinated the demanding process with the woodworker. In the meantime, the frames had been formed from raw iron tubes, bent in the company's own metal workshop, welded and then fixed to the sawed wooden parts. On the day the lodge was inaugurated, the wood was back where it belonged.
Healthcare Training Centre, Berne, Switzerland
Boegli Kramp Architekten AG, Fribourg
Berne healthcare training centre campus, Berne, Switzerland. The new Berne healthcare training centre campus, which was completed in autumn 2011, accommodates approximately 1,300 students and 300 staff. Girsberger produced custom-made tables and benches for the campus based on designs by architects Mattias Boegli and Adrian Kramp, who were responsible for the furnishings. The sculptural, propeller-like furniture was specially developed for the premises. The tables in the Laptop Bar have a built-in power socket and can be dismantled if needed, allowing the room to be used for various events. The benches have the same symmetry, can be used with or without a backrest and can also be dismantled easily.
Central Library in Zurich, Switzerland
gasser, derungs innenarchitekturen gmbh, Zurich
Central Library in Zurich, Switzerland. The task at the Central Library in Zurich was to use the new furniture to create a bridge between old and modern. The individual pieces of furniture can be linked together and flexibly arranged. A uniform look runs through every detail, right down to the covering caps and connections. The new study cubicles are very popular among the students and are always the first to be occupied every morning.
Center Bar, Unique Airport, Zurich, Switzerland
Detail Design GmbH, Zurich
Center Bar, Unique Airport, Zurich, Switzerland. “In the design and realization of the Center Bar, not only was the modern, timeless architecture the main focus, but also the attention to detail. Each element of the interior decoration should complement the others both visually and functionally. Thanks to Girsberger’s ability to produce detailed, high quality prototypes according to our vision, we very quickly had a sample on-hand that provided the basis for efficient realization of the furnishing. I am very pleased with the project - last but not least due to the above-average commitment of Girsberger.”
R. COPELAND, MANAGING DIRECTOR, DETAIL DESIGN GMBH, ZURICH