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Architonic, Best Office and Contract Brands, Randers + Radius

The clever furniture developer

Niels Kastrup and Lars Andersen have been creating and selling tables and chairs for 20 years – initially mainly in the Scandinavian market and the USA, but now worldwide, with a strong focus also on Germany and Switzerland. “The acquisition of the traditional family-owned company Randers a few years ago allowed us to make good progress in these countries”, explains Niels Kastrup in an interview. “Randers already had a good market presence in the region, as well as a number of products that ideally complement our portfolio. The Flex table range for conference, seminar and meeting rooms, canteens and halls in particular was a perfect match for us. But the designs for Grip, which we then developed further, were also promising.”

Interesting and also slightly unusual is the development process that Randers + Radius’ new products undergo. Since the company focuses strongly on the contract sector, visiting architectural offices and entering into ­dialogue with planners is very important. New ideas for areas of usage, design, colour and material selection are constantly emerging from the discussions, which can even call into question a design process that has already been initiated. The example of the Dry and Tono chairs illustrates this very well. Dry is a particularly comfortable chair with a polyurethane seat-shell that adapts to the user’s individual needs thanks to the flexibility of the material, and represents a perfect combination of comfort and suitability for everyday use. Tono, on the other hand, focuses on sustainability. With a wooden frame and a felt seat-shell made out of recycled PET bottles, this is a particularly innovative chair that has been created for the contract market, and includes sound-absorbing properties.

Recent developments include Tube. While the name Randers has been synonymous with high quality and multifunctional folding ­tables for decades, Tube takes this product line to the next level. An aluminium frame with a completely new folding mechanism has been developed, which is easy to operate by one person with just the touch of a button. An unobtrusive design also ­guarantees a wide range of application and combination possibilities.

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