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KI’s next generation sit-stand solutions to feature at CDW2019
March 29, 2019 | Building on the success of KI’s Work2 Sit-Stand solutions, the new highly cost-competitive Work2.1 Sit-Stand offers a significant expansion of features and options. This evolution has been driven by co-designed improvements achieved with major clients across the UK and Europe throughout 2018. One of the most comprehensive sit-stand programmes available in the market, Work2.1 Sit-Stand is already winning major projects, helping organisations optimise worker wellbeing in healthier, human-centric working environments.
The evolution of 800 Series storage to be unveiled at CDW2019
March 27, 2019 | A radical evolution of KI’s 800 Series steel storage featuring a new modular shelving system will be presented at Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2019. This addition to the range will help organisations reinvent and update their storage to create agile workplaces, either as an enhancement to existing storage, or within a new office layout.
New products – KI’s new storage, seating collections debut at CDW2019
March 4, 2019 | KI, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of workplace and education furniture, will showcase a range of new UK designed & manufactured products at its Clerkenwell Design Week debut in 2019. The pop-up showroom at the landmark Paxton Locher House on Clerkenwell Green will have on display
New ideas – what’s on at KI House during CDW2019
March 1, 2019 | KI, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of workplace and education furniture, will host a variety of events at its debut Clerkenwell Design Week popup showroom, in May 2019. The calendar of talks and workshops on each day will provide architects, designers and furniture specialists with new ideas to improve their projects.
KI to launch new storage, seating collections at popup showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week
February 18, 2019 | KI, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of workplace and education furniture, will make its Clerkenwell Design Week debut in 2019 with a pop-up showroom at the landmark Paxton Locher House on Clerkenwell Green. This stunning home will be transformed into ‘KI House’ for the launch of several new UK-designed & manufactured products. There will also be a variety of talks, workshops and a ‘House Party’, co-hosted with Bute Fabrics, on the evening of Wednesday, 22 May.
KI seating, bespoke workstations & storage selected for Bank Albilad’s new Riyadh HQ
February 12, 2019 | KI seating, bespoke workstations & storage selected for Bank Albilad’s new Riyadh HQ Bank Albilad, one of Saudi Arabia’s youngest and most innovative financial services providers, has selected KI furniture for its new headquarters in Riyadh and the new offices for its subsidiary, Albilad Capital. The new HQ,
KI furniture takes centre stage at Gemaco Interiors Dubai showroom launch
December 21, 2018 | Opening on Dubai’s Shaikh Zayed Road in October 2018, Gemaco Interiors stunning new showroom features a comprehensive selection of KI’s European and US products.
KI expands lounge & guest seating range with 4 new collections
October 26, 2018 | KI has introduced 4 new soft seating collections for breakout, lounge, reception and meeting spaces. As the proliferation of agile, active workspaces continues, these new seating options will help organisations create a diverse office landscape, rich with alternative work settings.
KI appoints Alexander Gifford to spearhead EMEA product development
October 8, 2018 | Following record growth across the EMEA region in 2018, KI has appointed Alexander Gifford to the newly created role of Design Director.
KI bolsters product co-creation capability with expanded design team
October 5, 2018 | KI’s well-established reputation for customer-driven product design and co-creation has played a critical role in its recent major project wins across the EMEA region. This capability has recently been bolstered with the recruitment of Alexander Gifford and Grace Souky to KI’s London-based design team.
Re-engineering wood for a greener future
September 7, 2018 | Following his graduation from the RCA/Imperial College Innovation Design Engineering double masters course in 2016, Haidin Rashid was invited to display his final project at KI’s offices during London Design Festival. Two years on, he’s back – this time as co-founder of chemistry and data science start-up Materialize.X.
Creativity, community and collaboration at the heart of George P Johnson’s transformative new Central London offices
August 31, 2018 | Relocating to London’s Waterloo neighbourhood has heralded a new direction for global experiential marketing agency George P Johnson (GPJ) and its stablemates at Project Worldwide.
KI’s record sales driven by expanded EMEA product portfolio
August 6, 2018 | KI’s record sales driven by expanded EMEA product portfolio Since entering the UK market in the 1990s, KI has steadily grown a diverse portfolio of products across the workplace and education sectors in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In recent years, this strategy of product developmen
KI’s Opt4 chairs add elegant practicality to Japan House, London
July 24, 2018 | Japan House London has revitalised an Art Deco building on Kensington High Street to become a new home for Japanese creativity, invention and business in the UK.
Introducting KI's new Take5 Lounge Collection
June 11, 2018 | KI’s new Take5 lounge seating collection is inspired by mid-century styling and designed for today’s workspaces.
3equals1 Design and BEH Interiors create ‘grown-up’, user-focused head office at More London for Clarion Housing Group
November 20, 2017 | Boasting iconic views across the River Thames towards the City of London, the new 24,000 sq ft head office of Clarion Housing Group at More London – designed and curated by 3equals1 Design.
A rare insight into the man behind KI’s ever-popular Perry Chair
September 11, 2017 | Charles O. Perry (1929-2011) was a sculptor, designer, inventor and architect. His work embodies mathematical and scientific complexity in elegant, organic forms – often on huge scales in prominent, public locations all over the world.
KI’s furniture facilitates collaborative working at Rainbows Children’s Hospice
June 30, 2017 | KI’s furniture facilitates collaborative working at Rainbows Children’s Hospice KI’s furniture has been selected by workplace design and fit out company Blueprint Interiors to help add colour and functionality to the offices of Rainbows Children’s Hospice. Located in Loughborough, Rainbows is currently the only
KI furniture creates agile, flexible workspace at Paramount Pictures’ UK HQ
June 30, 2017 | KI has helped film production giant Paramount Pictures create an agile, flexible new workspace at their stunning new UK headquarters. Drenched in natural light, the offices are spread over two floors at the Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Chiswick Park complex and also accommodate Paramount’s subsidiary, United International Pictures. Throughout the floorplan, staff and visitors can enjoy views of the adjacent green space and lake, and sweeping views across London.
New Palette
May 22, 2017 | New Palette New nature-inspired finishes added to KI’s workplace furniture collections. KI has collaborated with textile designer Natasha Marshall and biophilic design expert Joseph Clancy, to select a range of new MDF/MFC finishes, and RAL-matched steel paint colours for softer, more natural workspaces. These
KI furniture helps create agile, flexible workspace at Philips’ new UK HQ
November 4, 2016 | Staff at Philips’ UK HQ have successfully transitioned to their new agile working environment, a culmination of many months of research and preparation. Located in Guildford adjacent to the company’s former offices, the new facilities achieve 30% greater density while offering a vastly improved environment for the flexible workforce.
RSA welcomes clients and brokers to new office in the heart of Birmingham
September 7, 2016 | Located a stone's throw from Snow Hill Station in Birmingham's prestigious business district, the leading insurer, RSA's new Trading Site puts its employees at the heart of the customer experience. Rather than separating support functions from front of house, the new space combines client-facing areas and open plan benches to create an open, collaborative and flexible environment.
How to sit-stand correctly
July 7, 2016 | Sit-stand workstations are in high demand as the UK catches up with its Scandinavian neighbours in the rollout of this new way of working. Research shows that sit-stand workstations and meeting tables can improve productivity and wellbeing, but without proper guidance these potential be
Pengelly scoops Jonathan Hindle Prize as DGMs recognise excellence
May 27, 2016 | Pengelly scoops Jonathan Hindle Prize as DGMs recognise excellence Simon Pengelly has won the 2016 Jonathan Hindle Prize, awarded to the most outstanding design among this year’s Design Guild Mark awards. Pengelly won the award for his Unnia chair range for Inclass. It is a collection of versatile stacking chair
KI's new EC4 workplace furniture collection adds a touch of naure to the modern office
May 2, 2016 | KI's new EC4 workplace furniture collection adds a touch of naure to the modern office Combining the elegance and robustness of solid oak and steel, KI’s EC4 collection of workplace furniture adds a touch of nature to the modern office landscape. Designed and manufactured in the UK, it has all the inherent capabil
New Chair for British Furniture Confederation
April 14, 2016 | After four years in the hot seat, Paul von der Heyde is stepping down as chairman of the British Furniture Confederation. The new chairman is Jonathan Hindle, group managing director of KI (Krueger International) – EMEA. Jonathan originally trained as an architect/
Lost your keys? 6 reasons why keyless storage makes good business sense
March 2, 2016 | Phones, watches, our bank cards, even jewellery – contactless technology is everywhere. Now, it can replace traditional locks, keys and combination locks on KI’s steel storage systems too. Available in various models offering different modes of operation - PIN code only, RFID/NFC only or RFID/NFC and PIN code combined, they bring a multitude of benefits for the user and the organization alike
Jonathan Hindle on open plan offices and introverts
October 22, 2015 | Jonathan Hindle comments on open plan offices and introverts The Financial Times - 22/10/2015 ...A kind of halfway house, says Jonathan Hindle, Emea group managing director at the office furniture company KI, is to provide staff with an variety of spaces. So, while you may not be able to give introverts their ow
KI Acoustic Panels help create a more harmonious office environment.
October 14, 2015 | KI Acoustic Panels help create a more harmonious office environment. The Introduction Acoustic planning is an important part of today’s workplace strategies. By managing the office soundscape, organisations can reduce stress and distractions, thereby improving concentration, productivity and well-being. With a
NoChintz win Design Practice of the Year Award at Mixology 2015, sponsored by KI Europe
June 26, 2015 | Manchester-based NoChintz was named Design Practice of the Year at the prestigious Mixology15 awards, held once again at London’s Old Billingsgate on 25th June 2015. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Mix Interiors’ prestigious annual awards ceremony was attended by over 900 guests.
We're moving! KI Europe to mark 21st anniversary with new headquarters
April 24, 2015 | In 2015, at the cusp of KI's 75th anniversary, we celebrate our 21st year in the UK. This milestone will be marked by an exciting relocation in the heart of London. Set on a large single floor plate, our new facilities will be a hybrid of offices and showroom - a living environment which will allow visitors to see our products in action in a readily identifiable setting.
HR's valuable role in 'humanising' our workplaces
April 2, 2015 | 'Wellbeing' - and 5 simple suggestions to improve your workplace Our wellbeing is inextricably linked to our surroundings and goes beyond just our physical health. It embraces something much more difficult to quantify - how we feel. Failure to properly understand wellbeing leads many companies to pursue...
O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects win Building of the Year at Icon Awards 2014 for their Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London
December 5, 2014 | KI Europe were delighted to sponsor the 'Building of the Year' at last night's Icon Awards. The award was taken out by O'Donnell + Tuomey for their Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the London School of Economics.
KI appoints John Dare, Regional Sales Manager for the South of England
December 1, 2014 | KI appoints John Dare, Regional Sales Manager for the South of England KI Europe have recently appointed John Dare as Regional Sales Manager for the South of England. John brings 22 years of experience in sales, most recently specialising in high-quality ergonomic searing and workplace furniture. John has many wel
KI Europe joins furniture sustainability scheme
September 19, 2014 | KI Europe has achieved full membership of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP). To achieve membership an organisation must demonstrate its commitment to managing and improving sustainability.
Jonathan Hindle on current trends in workplace seating
August 1, 2014 | When selecting seating for workplaces, we are seeing the market fall roughly into two camps. The first are looking for stylish, ergonomic seating but are cost-focused and see seating as an accessory. The smaller but growing group recognise that appropriate seating is the most important furnishing decision they can make.
KI provides complete furnishing solution at new Etihad Airways HQ in Abu Dhabi
July 9, 2014 | KI has recently completed a major installation of its UK manufactured UniteSE workplace collection for global client Etihad Airways at their new Al Noor building in Abu Dhabi. The space comprises thirteen floors accommodating 1,500 staff. The design concept is predominantly open plan together with executive and conference suites, training rooms, restaurants and breakout areas.
KI participates in charity event 'Big Shots Day'
June 12, 2014 | KI staff and members of their dealer communities together participated in the annual Furniture Makers' Company Big Shots Day, a clay pigeon shooting day in the scenic surroundings of the EJ Churchill Shooting Grounds in High Wycombe. The action-packed day gives colleagues, suppliers, friends and customers get together and have a great time whilst raising money for the Furniture Makers Charity.
KI appoints Greg Aspinall, Regional Sales Manager for the North and Scotland
June 12, 2014 | KI has recently appointed Greg Aspinall as Regional Sales Manager for the North and Scotland. Greg has over 20 years' industry experience which has included senior management positions in both manufacturing and dealerships.
KI’s new ToggleSE desk deserves a standing ovation
June 12, 2014 | In the face of growing concerns around our modern, sedentary lifestyles, KI’s new Toggle SE desk offers a solution at the touch of a button. Toggle SE 's simple, electronic height adjustment transforms an individual’s workspace within seconds, allowing them to sit or stand at their desk as they see fit. Employees at Amazon, LinkedIn and Facebook are already benefiting from recent installations of ToggleSE desks in their European and US offices.
The revival of the KI Jubi chair - 'A mid-century classic!'
June 11, 2014 | KI's Jubi was first introduced in 1968 as part of the Krueger new "Action Furniture" range. KI have since decided to re-launch and revive the "attractive" Jubi. Jubi offers a simple, practical design, with a bucket style chair providing support and comfort for the user.
KI Europe launches new website
June 4, 2014 | June 2014 sees the launch of a refreshed website, full of useful resources for our preferred partners, designers, architects and end users. We look forward to expanding the resources available such as designer tools and images.
KI principal sponsor of new book: Modern British Furniture - Design since 1945
November 1, 2013 | KI is amongst the principal sponsors of a new book commissioned by The Furniture Makers’ Company and published by the Victoria and Albert Museum. "Modern British Furniture: Design Since 1945", written by design historian and curator Lesley Jackson focuses on ingenuity and inventiveness amongst British designers and companies from 1945 to the present.
Jonathan Hindle: BFC Manifesto 2017
Jonathan Hindle: BFC Manifesto 2017 The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) is the UK’s furniture industry’s representative body which seeks to ensure all Government policies and initiatives support a thriving furniture, furnishings and bed sector. The organisation has published its 2017 Manifesto calling for s
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