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Creative Challenge 2020

In the beginning of the year, we challenged designers and architects around the world to design a workspace that breaks down boundaries and help redefine the future of work. Together with Frame and colour expert Margrethe Odgaard we have selected a winner of the Enter the open-door office competition. The winning proposal will be showcased in our showroom in Copenhagen during 3daysofdesign in September. Get a sneak peek of the winner concept below.

The winning spatial concept

"Everybody In", by Kathrine Barbro Bendixen of Studio KBB and Tanita Klein uses the Montana System’s adaptable furniture components to create five visual "personalities", interpreted into faces. All placed in one room: the "Greeting Optimist", the "Lazy Lounge", the "Efficient Workaholic", the "Organized Know-it-all" and the "Social Club". The various "personalities" are divided by function, each with a unique colour combination while the rest of the space is kept in one shade, to emphasize the individuality of the pieces. With this spatial concept Studio KBB and Tanita Klein wish to create an open-to-all, welcoming environment that personifies objects to challenge the normal structure of the office.

Visit Frame's website to read the interview with Margrethe Odgaard about the winning proposal. 


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'Everybody In'


Studio KBB and Tanita Klein

"Everybody in" winner proposal - rendering
Hand drawing of the efficient workaholic

Hand drawing of 'The efficient workaholic' – a desk on castors surrounded by storage units.

Drawing of the The organized know it all

Hand drawing of 'The organized know it all' – this personality is applauding tidiness with storage modules in various sizes.

Drawing of the social club

Hand drawing of 'The social club' – consists of three different mobile units; there’s the “Addicted” to coffee, the “Hungry” for snacks and the “Cheering” for drinks.

Hand drawing of 'The greeting optimist'

Hand drawing of 'The greeting optimist' – a personality that welcomes every guest to the showroom with the function of displaying catalogues and other merchandise.

Hand drawing of 'The lazy lounge'

Hand drawing of 'The lazy lounge' – offers seating with surfaces on coffee table heights and storage possibilities for magazines.

Portræt af farvealkymist Margrethe Odgaard⎜Montana Furniture

Photo / Colour expert Margrethe Odgaard




Creative proposals from the shortlist

Several concepts stood out on the shortlist for the Enter the open-door office competition.

"Atarashii Arbejdsplads" by Kathryn Larsen and William Qian divided the room into pools of strong, vibrant colours and used the Montana System for tall, expressive sculptures, thereby creating a fascinating flow in the space.

"Unity" by Eva González de Yanes, Dylana Kim and Shin Young Kang also stood out as runner-ups. They had an idea for a single intricate yet multifunctional sculpture with modules stacked and suspended. The room was proposed to be a dark, green backdrop – bringing the outdoors inside.

Studio Emily Broom’s creative proposal also stood out on the shortlist. She suggested the room to be wrapped in dark and dense shades to serve as a backdrop for the Montana System compositions in the colours Cumin and Camomile. The soothing atmosphere and the furniture in the selected colours created small sparks of hope in the darkness.

Experience a run-through of the shortlist below. 

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