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Globus Work Station

globus work station

globus work station

Design Michiel van der Kley, 2007
Baydour shell, aluminum cast base, fabric
Made in Holland by Artifort

Globus is a compact personal mobile workstation that offers flexibility thanks to its rotating chair, the pull out table top and castors. You can work with or without a notebook. You can work wherever you want. You move your flexible workstation to a place where you want to be, open it and work. Flexible and functional, Globus can be used in the office but also at home. A sophisticated work station demonstrating a truly appealing example of innovative design.

Michiel van der Kley has been working since 1987 as a designer. He is currently working on a variety of projects for several Dutch manufacturers. Michiel has contributed a number of unique designs to Artifort's prestigious furniture line.

The Globus consists of a molded aluminum base on wheels bearing a white molded plastic (Baydur) globe split into two hemispheres. Opening the globe blocks the wheels. One half of the globe contains a comfortable seat that swivels to make getting in or out very easy. The other half of the globe conceals a table that can be adjusted to the correct depth. The footplate is powered-coated aluminum metallic (P08).

closed: 30.3" w | 43.7" L | 40.9" h
open: 30.3" w | 55.1" L | 42.1" h | seat: 15.75" h

$9,211.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special item to be created and delivered to your location)


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Michiel Van Der Kley

Michiel van der Kley (b. 1962) decided to become a designer around 1987, after learning about 1920’s design, specifically the Bauhaus movement. By 1989, he was designing and producing furniture for his own company. He would later cease his self-production in favor of just designing, and secured production deals from leading furniture companies, including Artifort and Arco. Since 2007, van der Kley has been focused on designing products that create their own energy. This represents an ideological shift from merely designing beautiful things, to designing things that solve problems, be they of energy or environmental concern. For example, he created a sustainable material, a sort of plastic-paper that he used to make lights, originating from a local, biodegradable Nepalese paper and a special glue.
The foundations of Artifort were laid by Jules Wagemans. In 1890, he set up business as an upholsterer in Maastricht. His son, Henricus Wagemans, expanded the company into a furniture factory, which had a showroom in Amsterdam by the end of the 1930’s and was already well known nationally. The economic recession of the nineteen thirties forced H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen, as the furniture company was then known, to create a distinctive profile. The emphasis came to lie on functionality, comfort, and quality combined with aesthetically pleasing design and an innovative use of materials. The new brand name became Artifort, derived from the Latin word 'ars' meaning “art or knowledge”, and 'fortis' meaning “strong or powerful.”


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