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Okamura and HOK Product Design Introduce Traverse: Engineered Simplicity in Conference Tables

Leading Japanese office furniture manufacturer brings together innovation in structural engineering with HOK Product Design, showing that conference tables can be more--and less--than ever before

At NeoCon 2015, Okamura will unveil Traverse V and Traverse X, two new conference tables that bring offices together, beautifully. Inspired by architecture and made possible by advances in structural engineering, the tables feature a top so thin that it seems to float gracefully on the minimal support system, yet can span up to 20 feet in length. Every component of the table has been meticulously designed, from the silhouette to the transparent design, from the integration of technology to fourteen beautiful finishes.
Building upon a 70-year history of signature craftsmanship and a passion for creative materials, Okamura engaged HOK Product Design with a brief that asked: "What is the essence of a conference table? How can it bring a profound presence, with a high premium on design and comfort--yet in a way that meets the changing needs of today's workforce?"
"Conference rooms today are faced with shrinking room size, as well as the need for integrated and evolving technology. We wanted to bring real, relevant options in table size, while keeping the perception of size to a minimum," said Susan Grossinger, Senior Vice President and Director of HOK Product Design. "We also wanted the beautiful materiality and scale of the tables to come through, while incorporating power and data connectivity under the table, to allow a clean, cable-free top as well as removal for a wireless future, without marring the table."
"The development process of the Traverse Collection was an exciting collaboration," said Hiroki Iwashita, Senior Managing Director, Marketing Division of Okamura. "HOK Product Design approached the product with an absolute commitment to beauty and high quality. Our engineers were challenged to respond to their design thinking, in ways that we have never tried before."
The table top is incredibly thin, less than 1" at its thickest point and tapering to a knife edge. The effect is magnificent, in either a rectangular shape or a more intimate, collaborative oval. The support structure is also remarkably minimal--in the Traverse V Collection, a simple canted leg design is echoed on either side of the table, without the need for a center support. In the Traverse X Collection, the same effect of a hovering plane is created, over a visible cross structure.
Integrated technology is concealed in each design, allowing for future flexibility as technology changes. With the arrival of wireless presentation systems and other office tools, the designers located technology underneath and out of view, to avoid unsightly cables on the tabletop, as well as providing more usable space.
The tables are offered in fourteen finishes--in addition to beautiful traditional wood veneers, unique options such as reconstituted wood are available, in a variety of colors and patterns.

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