KOJA Design: Fredrik Mattson 2OO9
KOJA – If as humans we were entirely unaffected by our environment, our surroundings and the spaces we live and work in, we would never have needed to observe or study changes in architecture, nor to examine users of architecture and how their behaviour evolves. We love to try to understand how and why an environment affects us and in what ways it is then possible to make an impact upon and modify this environment. Major change is frightening and challenging – while more self-evident changes are scarcely noticed; simply adopted and used, exactly as they were intended to be. Our journey with the design process for Koja took root in just such a re-examination and exploration of modern architecture. We discussed how architecture forms new spaces which are often both beautiful and magnifcent while simultaneously creating new problems and challenges. Perhaps, we wondered, these problems, such as sound absorption, spatiality, separation and security, could be solved through the development of new furniture? Design can be used to change and improve our environment. Koja literally grew organically, solving problems of both spatiality and noise with its hard, protective outer shell and soft, cosy inner core. Koja’s high sides and back have been carefully designed to be high enough, yet not to confict with the architecture of the wider space beyond. Several Kojas used together can create space, separation and calm in a large, busy room. Koja is available as high and low armchairs and 2- and 3-seater sofas, all of which can be equipped with work tables.