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Established in 1987, Kada offers furniture solutions that are optimally suited to meet the challenges of current and future working environments. The company’s approach follows a research-centric philosophy, and spaces are designed for what works best for each individual client.

In January 2019, Kada merged with Cite, which supplies internationally-designed furniture and lighting to architects, designers and corporate clients.

Kada’s existing brand portfolio includes Schiavello, Bene, and Dauphin. These quality names will now be complemented by well-known international brands Vitra, Actiu and Artek. ArchiPro caught up with Kada’s Dave White to discuss the exciting merger.

Established in 1987, Kada offers furniture solutions that are optimally suited to meet the challenges of current and future working environments. The company’s approach follows a research-centric philosophy, and spaces are designed for what works best for each individual client.

In January 2019, Kada merged with Cite, which supplies internationally-designed furniture and lighting to architects, designers and corporate clients.

Kada’s existing brand portfolio includes Schiavello, Bene, and Dauphin. These quality names will now be complemented by well-known international brands Vitra, Actiu and Artek. ArchiPro caught up with Kada’s Dave White to discuss the exciting merger.

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What are the main changes going forward for Kada?

We now have an increased variety in product, which reinforces our position as an industry leader that offers collaborative and innovative solutions. With these renowned, quality brands all available from one place, we see ourselves as a ‘one-stopshop’ for design, quality and innovation, making it straightforward for our clients to easily source what they need.

Kada has a multidisciplinary team of project managers, 3D product designers, workplace consultants and account managers who are dedicated to delivering quality work. The merger only strengthens the dynamic of our working environment and company culture, with new team members bringing fresh experience across different sectors of the business, such as commercial, hospitality and education. The team is excited to present a dynamic and cohesive brand mix and an expanded product offering.

What are the main changes going forward for Kada?

We now have an increased variety in product, which reinforces our position as an industry leader that offers collaborative and innovative solutions. With these renowned, quality brands all available from one place, we see ourselves as a ‘one-stopshop’ for design, quality and innovation, making it straightforward for our clients to easily source what they need.

Kada has a multidisciplinary team of project managers, 3D product designers, workplace consultants and account managers who are dedicated to delivering quality work. The merger only strengthens the dynamic of our working environment and company culture, with new team members bringing fresh experience across different sectors of the business, such as commercial, hospitality and education. The team is excited to present a dynamic and cohesive brand mix and an expanded product offering.

Where does Kada see the industry moving in the next five years? What innovations in workplace design are becoming more popular?

There is an increasing knowledge of different work modes, including team work and independent work. Workplaces need to offer choice through a diversity of work spaces. Examples include collaboration areas, where the team can share ideas and work collaboratively on projects and group work, and focus areas, where individuals can perform focused work, free from distractions.

Quiet acoustic spaces where teams and individuals can perform confidentially and conduct formal interactions are important, as well as soft and breakout areas, where people can relax and interact informally.

We encourage companies to engrain movement and wellbeing into their culture. Ideally, offices should be as comfortable for their workers as the home is.

Where does Kada see the industry moving in the next five years? What innovations in workplace design are becoming more popular?

There is an increasing knowledge of different work modes, including team work and independent work. Workplaces need to offer choice through a diversity of work spaces. Examples include collaboration areas, where the team can share ideas and work collaboratively on projects and group work, and focus areas, where individuals can perform focused work, free from distractions.

Quiet acoustic spaces where teams and individuals can perform confidentially and conduct formal interactions are important, as well as soft and breakout areas, where people can relax and interact informally.

We encourage companies to engrain movement and wellbeing into their culture. Ideally, offices should be as comfortable for their workers as the home is.

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Tell me about the sustainable aspects to the new ranges?

Vitra is committed to developing and manufacturing exceptional furniture that is both durable, aesthetically unique and ecologically responsible. For example, the AM chair, designed by Alberto Meda for Vitra, is the combined result of engineering skill, quality design and experience. The AM chair is 93 per cent recyclable and made from 34 per cent recyclable material.

Actiu is an eco-friendly office furniture company based in Alicante, Spain. Actiu is a LEED platinum company committed to sustainable practice. Recognised for its sustainable initiatives, as well as efficiency, it is completely self-sufficient, as the company harvests rainwater and solar energy from the sun.

In 2006, Artek began collecting used Aalto chairs and stools from various marketplaces. This led to the founding of the Artek 2nd Cycle, which offers rediscovered pieces for sale, starting a second cycle in their lives. Artek 2nd Cycle not only showcases the longevity of Artek furniture but it also promotes conscious consumption – the idea that what we buy should be carefully chosen and cherished, rather than quickly and easily disposed of.

All the while, we are not forgetting our longstanding partnerships with Schiavello, Bene and Dauphin for their contribution to New Zealand workplaces in the past and into the future.

All of our brand partners are ISO 14001 certified, so each space is designed with an environmental conscience. We are excited for the future of work in New Zealand!

To discover Kada’s new product offerings, plus all its classic brands, visit the company on ArchiPro or at the Auckland or Wellington showroom.

Tell me about the sustainable aspects to the new ranges?

Vitra is committed to developing and manufacturing exceptional furniture that is both durable, aesthetically unique and ecologically responsible. For example, the AM chair, designed by Alberto Meda for Vitra, is the combined result of engineering skill, quality design and experience. The AM chair is 93 per cent recyclable and made from 34 per cent recyclable material.

Actiu is an eco-friendly office furniture company based in Alicante, Spain. Actiu is a LEED platinum company committed to sustainable practice. Recognised for its sustainable initiatives, as well as efficiency, it is completely self-sufficient, as the company harvests rainwater and solar energy from the sun.

In 2006, Artek began collecting used Aalto chairs and stools from various marketplaces. This led to the founding of the Artek 2nd Cycle, which offers rediscovered pieces for sale, starting a second cycle in their lives. Artek 2nd Cycle not only showcases the longevity of Artek furniture but it also promotes conscious consumption – the idea that what we buy should be carefully chosen and cherished, rather than quickly and easily disposed of.

All the while, we are not forgetting our longstanding partnerships with Schiavello, Bene and Dauphin for their contribution to New Zealand workplaces in the past and into the future.

All of our brand partners are ISO 14001 certified, so each space is designed with an environmental conscience. We are excited for the future of work in New Zealand!

To discover Kada’s new product offerings, plus all its classic brands, visit the company on ArchiPro or at the Auckland or Wellington showroom.

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