When we brought WAGNER back to life in 1999, we always kept in mind the virtues of our
grandfather and founder of the chair factory WAGNER from 1949. Namely, to constantly develop ourselves, never to stand still and always to subordinate design to its actual use.
His tavern chair had a straight design, a perfectly developed everyday product, timeless still simply beautiful. It still can be found in numerous restaurants and clubhouses in our area and is used in many projects nationally and internationally. In 2017, we created with Stefan Diez the D1 chair family and a new style icon for WAGNER whose most important design component had to be our patent: the Dondola® seat joint, which was already developed in 1999 and enables 3-dimensional moving and healthy sitting.
A groundbreaking development at WAGNER in modern times to counteract the constantly increasing number of back problems in Germany. We have demonstrated this in several studies and Dondola® has already proven itself two decades and hundreds of thousands of times!
At WAGNER, we are never standing still. Even in the turbulent year 2020, we continue to develop the D1 chair family together with Stefan Diez. After the introduction of the simple mesh upholstery, we will launch a very innovative upholstery variant for all D1 models up to the fine leather version next year. From our experience in the complete furnishing of offices we have recognized the trend towards standing workstations and will extend the D1 family next year with a stand-sit version. Due to the cooperation with many top interior designers and architects we have been faced with new challenges regarding the degree of individualization in interior design. The constantly changing parameters for the use of space in the office and interior area has given us the idea to meet the high design demands of furnishing with the new approach to transfer the concept of permanent movement while sitting by WAGNER into the entire room structure. Together with the
architects of GONZALEZ HAASE Berlin and STEFAN DIEZ, we created the project D2 Office System, which is intended to transfer high design standards and at the same time maximum flexibility into a furniture system, that is simply plugged together by a central connecting element, i.e. can be assembled without tools and expanded at any time. A masterpiece for architects that can stage any room situation in a highly professional and sophisticated way. The prototype of this system was developed as a case study for the well-known Munich graphic office of MIRKO BORSCHE. His new studio will serve WAGNER in the near future as a design lab, showroom and also brandlab, which will take the brand WAGNER to the next stage of development. This is why we call this special project WIP - WORKSPACE IN PROGRESS. We are looking forward to the many new ideas that will emerge from this unique collaboration.
About a year ago, in autumn 2019, graphic designer Mirko Borsche discovered a former kebab restaurant in Paul-Heyse-Strasse in Munich. The premises were marked by the former restaurant, but had enough charm to fire Mirko Borsche’s imagination. Munich’s old building was to be completely gutted and renovated and the new studio of BUREAU BORSCHE was to be located in the immediate vicinity of Munich’s main train station. At about the same time, WAGNER worked together with DIEZ OFFICE and the Berlin architectural office GONZALEZ HAASE on a new furniture system that would meet the requirements of modern working environments and work spaces. Through Stefan Diez, Mirko Borsche’s studio project entered the development stage of the new furniture system. The requirements of the internationally active agency have since been used in an ongoing case study process for the design and development of a parametric furniture system. Different rooms, different situations of collaboration up to the necessary functional rooms had to be planned and integrated into the service portfolio of a new furniture system.
All elements of the furniture show the idea of a raw panel with open edges assembled with a custom-made connector made of polished, solid aluminium designed by Gonzalez Haase.
The change between optically cool materials and curtains offers an ideal atmospheric balance and creates a pleasant feeling of space for the employees even acoustically. Existing elements such as the brick wall of the old building, the cast-iron columns and steel girders were preserved in their raw state and painted glossy in papyrus white.
The general lighting consists of LED light bands and is designed and illuminated like a gallery. It is adapted to the interior shape of the rooms, floods the entire room and crosses all rooms including the transparent room dividers.
The color scheme of the rooms consists of white and grey tones. The selected materiality mainly determines the color. Aluminium, plexiglass and terrazzo floors have a light grey color spectrum.
The furniture elements, table and room dividers are architectural monoliths due to their size, dimension and materiality. The monumental elements, such as the 9-meter-long aluminium work table, are compensated by the room-high, translucent wall made of polycarbonate panels.
The light grey floor covering made of concrete slabs with terrazzo look, is a reference to the subway station Sendlinger Tor in Munich. The fine-blasted, prefabricated terrazzo tiles are 20 mm thick and 60x60 cm in size. The special feature is that the panels are also mounted in their full size along the walls in the showroom. A 60 cm high base. Thus especially the floor and ceiling stand out spatially due to their strong materiality.
Stefan Diez, born in Freising in 1971, studied industry design at the “Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenen Künste Stuttgart”, after his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker. He founded his studio in 2003 and since then has worked in various fields of design ranging from furniture and tableware to industrial design, as well as exhibition design for companies like Arita, Authentics, Burgbad, e15, Emu, Gandia Blasco, Hay, Magis, Moroso, Rosenthal, Thonet, Vibia, Wagner, Wilkhahn and others. Some of his products have received international design awards, among others the “Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland”, the “IF Gold award” and the “red dot best of the best award”. From 2007 to 2014 he was Professor for Industrial Design at the HFG Karlsruhe. Since 2018 Stefan Diez is Professor for Industrial Design at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna.
Diez works intensively with materials, technology and is passionate in his quest to fathom out their limitations. In his office he develops products that are precise, yet simple and above all are meant to meet human needs. Stefan Diez belongs to the first generation of designers who were trained in a craft and, during their studies, also started to experiment with digital tools and are therefore at home in both worlds. His work results from an approach that uses both analogue and digital methods that accumulates experiences that are applied in development and production processes.
Pierre Jorge Gonzalez and Judith Haase founded their own office with branches in 1999 in Berlin and Paris. Primary project areas are architecture, design, scenography and lighting. Pierre Jorge studied stage design in Paris and Judith studied architecture at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In New York he worked with Richard Gluckman and Robert Wilson for their Watermill Center, the first opportunities arose to discuss new architectural solutions for Presentation of art to think about. The interplay of light and architecture remains a key aspect in the conception of spaces for art and related activities. Gonzalez Haase AAS is known for his close cooperation with contemporary artists, curators and collectors to create the optimal setting for a work of art, to create a luxury item or
the body of a performer. Examples are the Stores by Andreas Murkudis, Balenciaga or the design of the Nordenhake and Thomas Schulte galery in Berlin, who have achieved exemplary character. The concretization of a basic idea usually goes through similar stages of development, either for a modern art gallery or a store for fashion.
As in architecture, the projects use the given situation as a starting point for a new solution. The site-specific conditions, budget and construction techniques are set into an aesthetic interplay.
Development of a parametric system consisting of shelves, tables and partitions, which differ from the classic modular system. Unlike the modular system, the parametric system requires less storage space and offers greater flexibility to react to architectural conditions (made to measure). The cooperation with own and associated craft businesses and the openness towards modern technologies offers the possibility to respond to the concrete wishes and needs of the customers in a special manner.
The current state of the table, shows a technical study of the project. In the further development of the system, possible other materials for the panels are also being tested. The concept of the cardboard-workspace for temporary use and spatial structures is already being worked on. With this parametric system we are responding to the needs of contemporary office planning. Flexibility, individuality and co-determination - these are the key points of today’s office design for an urban, creative target group.
For the shelf, aluminium lightweight panels of 15mm thickness can be assembled without any tools just using a plastic connector. The plastic connector, which is clicked into the aluminium lightweight panels, is able to hold both the shelves and the back walls (lightweight plastic panels/multiwall panels/hollow chamber plastic panels). The L-extrusion profile is used to hook in the shelves, while the U-profile serves as a cover which conceals the plastic connectors.
The aim of the D1 development was to create a chair icon similar to the W1960 and to let the design language flow into a whole model family, which can be used in a variety of areas, but with a recognizable look.
With the design language of the D1 and the further developed Dondola® seat joint, two models have already been created that herald a new era in office chair design. From spring 2021, a further category will be added to the portfolio. It’s about sitting up high, which is now increasingly finding its way into all areas of our lives. Whether in private at kitchen counters, bar counters, or in the office for short meetings while standing.
The Dondola® 4D joint from the previous D1 models is completely revised and adapted to the changed requirements. The unique motion sequence of the D1 mechanism remains untouched and guarantees a moving seating experience at the “highest” level.
The configuration options of the previous models D1 office and D1 low will also continue to grow in 2021. Besides additional frame colors, there will also be padded versions for the net variants. The plain-colored chair carcass in black and papyrus white will be complemented by a muted army green, a warm bordeaux red and a bright yellow. The homely upholstery models are realized with special support net upholstery techniques. Due to the further development of the upholstery strips, a wide variety of upholstery fabrics and fine leather hides can now be produced. By means of this model evolution the range of possible applications significantly increases. The D1 models can now be customized for all furnishing concepts and fit harmoniously into the architecture or deliberately set accents - for a moving appearance.
Due to the cooperation with many top interior architects and designers we have been confronted with new challenges concerning the degree of individualization in interior design. The constantly changing parameters for the use of space in the office and interior area have given us the idea to meet the high design demands in the furnishing with a new idea, which should transfer the idea of WAGNER, the permanent MOVEMENT while sitting, also into the entire room structure. Together with the architects of GONZALEZ HAASE Berlin and STEFAN DIEZ we have created the project D2 Office System, which transfers a high design standard and at the same time the highest flexibility into a furniture system, which is simply plugged together by a central connecting element, i.e. can be assembled without tools and can be extended at any time. A masterpiece for architects, which can stage any room situation in a highly professional and creative way.
We ourselves use the D2 system in our WAGNER Desing Lab, here we can create great workplaces in the middle of a unique showroom with maximum flexibility and moving chairs.