The Good Design Awards – an annual highlight on the design calendar and one of the most prestigious
international awards for design and innovation was announced last week. This year, Nienkämper was
honored with four Good Design Awards for the following designs; Rowan Lounge and Rowan
Conference Table designed by Yabu Pushelberg, Brig Lounge Collection by Fig40 and MagPower
Tables by Carl Gustav Magnusson. The award is given to the most innovative industrial products of the
year by the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design, promoted from the European
Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, the Good Design Awards
remains the oldest and the world’s most recognized program for design excellence.
The jury, consisting of industry professionals and experts, industry specialists, and trade media, bases
its decisions on the same original criteria as in 1950 regarding innovation, form, materials, construction,
concept, function, utility, sustainability, and aesthetics.
“It’s an honor for Nienkämper to once again be recognized with Good Design Awards,” said Klaus
Nienkämper, “and it is a privilege to be working with such talented and forward-thinking designers.”
Rowan Table by Yabu Pushelberg; Defined by its balanced proportions and soft, sculptural
shape, Rowan Collection embodies the organic-modern aesthetic we have come to recognize from Yabu
Pushelberg. The table design is centered around the unique shaped wood base. Conceived as a
collection of conference, coffee, side tables, the Rowan table collection demonstrates the understated
drama of organic forms, resulting in a refined and timeless aesthetic. Rowan conference tables boast a
new edge profile for Nienkämper. The Cascade Edge features two 2”radius, half bullnose profiles in
opposing edges (an upward edge running the length of the table, and downward edge on the ends).
Rowan conference tables can also integrate flexible power, data and video connectivity, a hallmark of
Nienkämper conference tables. The Rowan Lounge Collection embodies the organic-modern aesthetic
we have come to recognize from Yabu Pushelberg. Its fluid and continuous smooth lines highlight the
informal elegance of the new Rowan Lounge Collection. The Rowan Lounge chair has a surprisingly
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small footprint, but with a comfortable, spacious seat. Special attention is paid to the stitch detail that
brings out the sinuous design of this collection adding a distinctive characteristic to the versatile soft
MagPower by Carl Gustav Magnusson: MagPower features power and charging solutions for people
and furniture on the move. The new MagPower is a versatile collection of mobile and stationery, multipurpose
tables ideally suited for focused individual, small groups and various training activities. This
dynamic modular table system is designed to provide a functional, clutter-free work surface and
charging station for work zones that require no hard wiring. Reimagine power and charging with the
most flexible table collection for commercial spaces.
MagPower features a battery-rechargeable wireless USB A + C power, cleverly mounted in the table leg
where wire management is integrated in the design of the legs to maintain a seamless aesthetic.
Optional surface mounted Simple Forums for power and data available pre-wired or site wired with
cable conduits to bring cables to the floor.
Brig by Fig40: Brig is soft seating collection designed to create configurations that allow people to
imagine their own personal space. Resting on a wood plinth with exposed plywood edge, Brig seats are
generous in scale and easily separated by tables to allow a natural physical distance without the need
to leave a seat empty. The backs are available at 2 heights to create space division or openness
allowing for more dynamic seating compositions. A broad range of end elements; tables, open shelves,
planters are also available to make this system truly versatile. An intelligent and robust understructure
allows for seats with and without backs, seats facing opposite directions and an infinite array of lengths.
Brig is a space to share with others while respecting their privacy; secluded but not excluded.