In 2014 Hitch Mylius were approached by Paul Sayers, course leader at Central St Martins, to write a brief for final year product design students. Working closely with them was Magnus Long, lecturer at CSM and designer of the hm106 Quiet Collection. One of the outcomes from this project is the hm221 designed by Timothée Mion; a modular system that alters the perception of how one should sit.
As most sitting occurs in the workplace, the brief for CSM asked the students to consider the changing nature of these spaces, itinerant working, collaborative working and social interaction, the need for privacy, and the use of technology in the working environment.
There is a desire for a balance between the demands for productivity with something that is stimulating – that encourages and inspires creativity in the workspace.
‐ people working in orderly environments are more likely to conform to expected behaviours,
‐ working spaces are not always offices,
‐ looking away from our computer screens throughout the day is important, and
‐ staying in one sedentary position for too long is unwise,
hm221 offers a variety of ways for people to work: it lets you sit at different levels, lean while standing and to plug in and use your laptop. Mion has tapped into the Hitch Mylius aesthetic with its clean lines and exacting curves. It has opened up the possibilities of what a functional piece of furniture can be.
As part of Clerkenwell Design Week Hitch Mylius will have a pop up at the Malmaison hotel on Charterhouse Square, which will launch hm221 and showcase key pieces from our extensive upholstery collection.
Please click here to read the Grant Gibson article on hm221 from onoffice magazine May 2015.