project name : Formica Office
location : New York
year of design: 1995
client: Susan Lewin, Creative Director/ Formica Corp.
architect: George Ranalli
associates: Robert Silman Structural Engineer
design team: John Butterworth
photographer: Model Photos: George Ranalli
Designed for the Creative Director’s office of the Formica Corporation in mid-town Manhattan, this small arrangement of custom designed furniture is a showcase for Surell, a material produced by the Formica company, previously used in earlier projects, the culmination, one of which was the prototype The Valentine 2 Chair. This space takes earlier ideas further.
Surell, primarily used as a high-end residential kitchen countertop material, holds more varied possibilities worthy of exploration. The new office design includes a worktable, sofa, cabinets, vertical lighting, and other custom-designed elements necessary for small, bright and functional work space. Answering to the translucency of the material, each component of the design achieves a sculptural elegance with rich surface engravings and texture for the delicacy befitting a showcase.