COR

We work everywhere. And all the time. That’s why we also want to decide how we do it. And where.

The office has changed. Next to the desk there is a couch. And behind the football table is a standing workstation that can be transformed into a dining table in no time. To do so, we simply lower the top and set the table. Voilà.

Of course, the new working world is agile and disruptive. But what is really behind these buzzwords? Perhaps it is simply the desire to spend the day in a place that is guaranteed not to look like hierarchies or work instructions. More a bit like home.

It also contains quite different areas. To some, you can retreat because you need to concentrate, others are made to hang out in from time to time, and in others you meet people. Everything is in flux and flexible. Depending on the task, teams are formed for a time, then we work alone again. After all, nobody knows beforehand where exactly the inspired idea that will help everyone is going to strike.

Because we work in mixed teams on new projects. Sometimes our colleagues are sitting right next to us, sometimes on the other side of the world. Whatever the case may be, let’s work together!

How would you like to work?

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I wanted to create a practical sofa. For people who are constantly on the move with their laptop under their arm and who work everywhere and at any time — with all kinds of people.

PAULINE DELTOUR

 

I work in a collective and like meeting people, and not necessarily to talk about work all the time. I like to surround myself with them. So we share a big apartment in Paris. We means two partners and me and two friends who design wedding fashion.

 

PAULINE DELTOUR

After her studies Pauline Deltour worked as an assistant for Konstantin Grcic and has been running her own office since 2009. For the COR LAB, the Frenchwoman designed not only the Floater sofa system but also Drop, a family of mobile rolling stools, stackable stools and a large pouf.

The stools are my best friends in the office, cushions on four wheels that I can take with me everywhere.

PAULINE DELTOUR

 

So what are the right tools for the modern office? How do they feel, what do they need to be able to do — and for how long?

These were the questions behind the COR LAB. Four design teams provided answers: Pauline Deltour, RelvãoKellermann, Aust & Amelung and Professor Uwe Fischer. They designed their workspace, their communication platform, their conference table and their favourite retreat area. This resulted in a programme that allows elements of the modern office to be combined in a playful way: the COR LAB.

Where are you really effective?

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I am effective wherever it is possible to change well between inspiration and concentration.

UWE FISCHER

 

The idea of the bench was to equip a sparse design with comfort and to celebrate COR’s qualities, such as its ability to use fabric.

 

UWE FISCHER

Professor Uwe Fischer teaches industrial design at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts. For the COR LABhe created Level, a family of height-adjustable work tables and Bridge, an upholstered bench. Both designs are entirely devoted to informal working.

The action takes place on the table, which is why we did not try to present the connections under the table luxuriously, but kept them very sober.

UWE FISCHER

 

Does the location still matter if we can work anywhere in networks? And what impact does this have on the interior of the modern office?

These were the questions behind the COR LAB. Four design teams provided answers: Pauline Deltour, RelvãoKellermann, Aust & Amelung and Professor Uwe Fischer. They designed their workspace, their communication platform, their conference table and their favourite retreat area. This resulted in a programme that allows elements of the modern office to be combined in a playful way: the COR LAB.

Where do you have the best ideas?

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The best ideas come when you’re at work — working hard, brainstorming, your head full of sketches, books, internet research, exhibitions and meetings ...

PAULINE DELTOUR

 

Our challenge was to develop a room divider that does not put up barriers, but creates different rooms within the room, equipped with different functions.

 

RELVÃOKELLERMANN

The Portuguese-German designer duo Relvão-Kellermann (Ana Relvão and Gerhardt Kellermann) work for renowned companies all over the world from their base in Munich. For COR LAB they designed Chart, a double-sided partition wall system that can be used at the same time as a room divider, as a standing table, coat rack with a light, or shelf, or desk.

We can work anywhere. Our office is where we open our laptop.

RELVÃOKELLERMANN

Working and living worlds are merging. Our work is becoming more homely, more tactile, more real... as a countertrend to the digitisation, technology and virtuality that surround us all the time. Is the office suddenly a better place to live? And what is it actually supposed to look like?

These were the questions behind the COR LAB. Four design teams provided answers: Pauline Deltour, RelvãoKellermann, Aust & Amelung and Professor Uwe Fischer. They designed their workspace, their communication platform, their conference table and their favourite retreat area. This resulted in a programme that allows elements of the modern office to be combined in a playful way: the COR LAB.

 

What makes for good collaboration?

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What inspired us was a look inside our own workshop, with all the different carts and small, helpful vehicles. This mobile “furniture” is used by everyone and does not belong to a fixed workplace.

AUST & AMELUNG

In an “agile company” not only employees and processes should follow this credo, the rooms and their interiors should also enable agile action.

 

AUST & AMELUNG

Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung are Aust & Amelung. For the COR LAB, the Kassel-based design couple designed Bond, a series of mobile tables, partly height-adjustable laptop table or trolley, side tables and mobile service carts.

So what does the modern office look like? Tailored very individually and flexibly to the requirements of the start-up in question. Removed from the uniformly furnished single office.

AUST & AMELUNG

 

We can’t not work together. In changing teams and ever new constellations. We can spur each other on and help each other to grow. But constructive intelligence requires the right tools for the exchange of information from person to person. But what are they supposed to look like, besides all the electronic devices? And how flexible should they be?

These were the questions behind the COR LAB. Four design teams provided answers: Pauline Deltour, RelvãoKellermann, Aust & Amelung and Professor Uwe Fischer. They designed their workspace, their communication platform, their conference table and their favourite retreat area. This resulted in a programme that allows elements of the modern office to be combined in a playful way: the COR LAB.

Our players

    Drop
  • Drop

    Stool

  • Floater

    Sofa

  • Bond

    Trolley

  • Level

    Table

  • Chart

    Partition wall

  • Bridge

    Bench

Experience COR LAB in our exhibition

COR Haus
Hauptstraße 74
D-33378 Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Monday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

What is the COR LAB?

The office has changed. We now furnish our workplaces differently, demanding more of them. We want them to be more mobile and at the same time more cosy. It would no longer be appropriate to develop a pure chair system. We wanted to think about how collaboration would work in the future. Today, offices are used flexibly. Co-working spaces are designed to be multifunctional. We wanted to create the right tools for this, and it emerged that what need is not one single piece of furniture, but rather a multitude of smaller pieces of furniture. To this end, we invited four design teams to work with us on this major project.

COR is not an office specialist. We are experts in the residential sector, and this expertise is now being transferred to the working world: spontaneous and open, flexible and perfectly finished.

COR stands for closeness, freshness and substance. We are one of the few manufacturers who still manufacture everything in-house and we have a close relationship with our designers, employees and suppliers, whom we see as partners. An exchange between equals at a high level of quality: This is what drives us all and connects us.

Pauline Deltour, RelvãoKellermann, Aust & Amelung and Professor Uwe Fischer represent the first generation of designers at COR LAB. We banked on everyone talking to each other as equals, with each person providing input and everyone reacting to each other. There’s something experimental about it. Hence the name: COR LAB.

The Team

Uwe Fischer

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Uwe Fischer

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Uwe Fischer studied design at the Offenbach University of Art and Design and was co-founder of Ginbande Design in 1985. Over the following ten years, a series of conceptual works and exhibitions were created in Germany and abroad. Between 1994 and 2001, Fischer headed the Chair for Architecture/Design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Since 2001 he has been Professor of Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts. In his design office in Frankfurt am Main, the internationally renowned product designer works primarily on projects that are motivated by his interest and curiosity regarding fundamental questions of design and architecture. www.office-uwefischer.com

Aust & Amelung

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Aust & Amelung

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Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung studied design with the focus on furniture design and exhibition architecture at the College of Fine Arts in Kassel. They live and work together, and since 2011 they have jointly run the studio Aust & Amelung in Kassel. In 2013, the designers were awarded the German Design Prize in Gold in the Newcomer category. In 2015, they received the “special mention” award for their lamp design “like paper” at the German Design Award. Both are also active as lecturers and workshop leaders for the campaign “Discover Design” by the Deutsches Design Museum Foundation. www.aust-amelung.com

RelvãoKellermann

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RelvãoKellermann

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Ana Relvão and Gerhardt Kellermann have been running their joint industrial design office in Munich since 2016. They work for clients from culture and business, developing and designing products and objects. Their approach is interdisciplinary: The design office solves its tasks with the aim of creating new areas of application and scenarios while using new materials and technologies. Ana Relvão is Portuguese and graduated in product design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon in 2009. Gerhardt Kellermann studied industrial design at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart and also works as a lecturer. www.relvaokellermann.com

Pauline Deltour

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Pauline Deltour

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French national Pauline Deltour has had her studio in Paris since 2010. She designs furniture, jewellery, fashion and high-quality accessories for international clients. She also develops concepts, objects and installations for exhibition projects and public spaces. Deltour studied Applied Art and Design at the École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'arts and gained her bachelor's degree in industrial design at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in 2006. Up to 2009 she worked as an industrial designer and project manager at Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, Munich. www.paulinedeltour.com