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Best of both worlds

The new collection by Sebastian Herkner for Wittmann was on display in an exceptionally well-attended pop-up exhibition at Pesch in Cologne from 23-27 October, running in parallel with this year’s Orgatec furniture, interiors and design show.

One of Orgatec’s main aims is to provide a window into the work and home environments of tomorrow. It is a mission that strikes a chord with us, since Wittmann is a furniture producer that focuses on anticipating needs and offering solutions that bring different aspects of modern life into alignment. In today’s word, the lines between work and home are increasingly fluid, and the items with which we surround ourselves are often called upon to serve more than one function. This development especially influences the way we furnish our home and working environments. The ‘hardware’ that we live with has a major influence on our personal wellbeing and, in turn, our productivity and creativity.

The pieces of furniture that Sebastian Herkner and Wittmann exhibited in Cologne for the first time are the perfect starting point for an environment that both inspires us and makes us happy. Aesthetically pleasing chairs, versatile tables, inviting furniture to relax on, and an exciting interplay between different materials promise to fulfil the highest of expectations.

Organised by Wittmann and Pesch, the side event was as multi-dimensional as the furnishings put on show on this entertaining and well-attended evening: not content with following a pure furniture show format, it actually provided a platform for high-quality networking. The concept was a success, as experts from the worlds of real estate, interior design, architecture, furnishings, building and fixtures and fittings together with journalists from all over the world listened to Sebastian Herkner’s highly personal and illustrative presentation of his designs, before making the most of the chance to get to know each other, exchange ideas and network. Taking things full circle: a gathering such as this fully lived up to the motto of culture@work which was chosen for this year’s Orgatec.