We call it "storage furniture" because Teneo works like storage and looks like furniture. It manages the objects that fuel team creativity, but it also helps you engage easily with others and with the space you inhabit. In their harmony with each other and their environments, Teneo pieces are meant not only to be an active part of work life, but to be seen. They provide storage everywhere—in group, community, and project spaces and in workstations for individuals.
Teneo storage furniture receives Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Gold award in the Office and Productivity category.
Best of NeoCon: Best of Competition awarded to Teneo Storage Furniture.
Best of NeoCon: Teneo Storage Furniture receives Gold for the Filing and Storage category.
What's In It For You
Furniture that Works with You
The wide variety of Teneo pieces invites you to host, gather, meet, and present, while Teneo holds and displays a whole range of objects associated with work and life. All products have the same design elements and work the same way, so that interaction with Teneo is intuitive.
The basic structural Teneo element is the ring. Anodized aluminum, which lends a timeless look and makes for a lightweight but strong structure that can stand on glides or casters. Works just about anywhere; its design integrity doesn't dominate the aesthetic.
Each ring is a single piece, providing strength with the tightest radius possible for rounded corners, helping break the rectilinear archetype of storage. Four ring sizes (24, 34, 60, and 70 inches high) let you scale the product to the appropriate height and degree of enclosure.
Teneo components are made of up to 39% recycled materials and are up to 96% recyclable at the end of their useful life. Teneo products adhere to the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Cradle to Cradle Design Protocol. It is certified to MBDC Cradle to Cradle Silver. Teneo is GREENGUARD certified and can contribute to LEED certification.
"The starting point of Teneo," say designers Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck, "was challenging the storage archetype and saying, 'Well, why can't we do this any other way?'" They answered their question by looking at storage from an entirely new perspective.
To reconstruct storage into something more versatile, Birsel and Seck broke it down into three distinct parts: structure, utility, and cladding. The structure—the ring—is the same for all pieces; utility could be shelves, drawers, and doors; and the cladding—the skin—could be any number of materials, from metal and veneer to cork and felt.
When they reassembled the elements, they took a systemic approach. The structure, utility, and cladding elements can be combined in many ways to create numerous products that put the user at the heart of the design.