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Office suppliers you should know

Office suppliers you should know

Al Shaya Trading, Burosc by Oasis, FAMCO, Herman Miller, Human Space, SAS International, Steelcase, Technolight, The Total Office

With more than $300 billion worth of major projects to be awarded across the Middle East by 2012, organisers of The Office Exhibition — Middle East’s largest industry exhibition for office design — said they are confident the 11th edition will deliver more opportunities for participants to tap the anticipated market growth in the regional office segment.

With GCC interior design spend forecast to exceed US $5.67 billion in 2011, according to industry analyst Ventures Middle East, the outlook for the office fit-out segment remains positive as contractors support new infrastructure projects, developers manage existing assets and end-users take advantage of the surplus in prime office supply.

“The GCC commercial fit out and office refurbishment segments are poised for exponential growth in the coming years. Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia have revealed plans for big infrastructure projects, which will ensure supporting commercial property, while in the UAE we continue to see businesses take advantage of the declining prices in office space,” said David Wilson, event director, dmg : events.

“With the Office Exhibition attracting visitors from across the wider Middle East and even Africa, it really is the gateway through which to reach active business opportunities in the region,” he added.

Among the confirmed exhibitors for the event include international heavyweights Bisley, Bürotime and Guialmi who have each indicated plans for product launches at the 2012 show.

The Office Exhibition’s focus is to showcase the best in office design from around the world, educating the region about the latest office trends and providing invaluable industry networking opportunities for firms. It will also broaden its show offering to include specialist health and education suppliers to meet the regional growth in both these sectors.

The Office Exhibition’s association with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) as its official knowledge partner for the second consecutive year also enables the regional architecture and design professionals to access some of the most respected industry opinion.

Following the success of the 2011 show, when a significant amount of business was closed onsite, exhibitors are anticipating next year’s event. Nearly half of the exhibition floor space for 2012 has already been sold prior to the event’s official launch, with 30% of that booked at the end of the 2011 show.

The Office Exhibition will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 15-17, 2012.

With a booming office market and an exciting year predicted for 2012, Commercial Interior Design speaks to the office suppliers everyone should know.

The Total Office
By Rand Sandher, sales director and Siddharth Peters, managing director

Tell us about your company?
The Total Office is a 15-year-old organisation within the Middle East that provides furniture solutions for the corporate and hospitality sector.

What are your best selling products?
Idea Paint, which turns virtually any surface you can paint into a high-performance dry-erase surface.
Transit, which offers a high-performance office furniture system, designed for maximum planning flexibility.

Cwtch is an elegant high back sofa solution designed to offer a private place in any busy or public space. It won The Best of Category: Seating – Group Seating at The Office Exhibition, May 2011.

Tek/N is a durable, elegant and economical solution for the office environment which features a linear and minimalist aesthetic and a carefully edited selection of design options.

Revo includes desks, extensions, work, stretch worktop, cabinets and conference tables designed to create work spaces efficient, functional and comfortable. It was awarded the Good Design Award from the Museum of Architecture and Design of the Chicago Athenaeum and is in its permanent collection.

Recent developments?
The new version of Idea Paint will be available in November 2011 which will be odourless, low VOC, writeable in two days as opposed to seven and sprayable. New is Dossier, the executive line by Teknion launched at NeoCon 2011. It is case-goods redefined with a clean architectural look and flexible.

What sets you apart?
We have 15 years experience with continuous understanding and adapting to market trends. We are committed to environmentally sustainable practices, evident with our LEED accredited facilities. We tailor our service to each customer to ensure their corporate vision is realised.

How do we contact you?
T: +9714 450 8700
F: +9714 450 8702
info@thetotaloffice.biz
www.thetotaloffice.biz

Steelcase
By Tom DiLillo, director of marketing

Tell us about your company?
Coalesse offers highly crafted, award winning furnishings for designers and their clients who realise the value of artfully appointed spaces.

Our customers want style, authenticity, and craft to inspire them everyday. They want their values embodied in their environment. They want premium experiences and original designs.

As the premium brand of Steelcase Inc., Coalesse supplies a comprehensive offering that supports work in lobbies, lounge, conference and meeting rooms, private office, cafeterias and canteens, and informal meeting areas.

What are your best selling products?
While all our products are very popular in the market, our new SW_1 low collaborative collection is now our fastest growing product range. Our broad collection of lounge seating including the new Millbrae and Visalia, coupled with our CG_1 and Sebastopol occasional tables have also been really well received by our clients.

Recent developments?
We’ve recently introduced a line of casegoods to enhance the meeting and collaborative space. This line includes a lectern, a series of credenzas, benches for overflow seating, a serving cart, and personal mobile storage unit, which we call the Moby.

What sets you apart from the competition?
We strive to understand the needs and expectations of companies and their workers by continuously researching people, work, and lifestyle needs.

By combining insights from research with a world-class design culture we aspire to create solutions that will inspire people, help ease the fast pace of work and life, and change the landscape of our homes and offices.

How do we contact you?
PO Box 502596
Dubai, UAE
T: +9714 369 7838
F: +9714 369 7837
info-me@steelcase.com
www.steelcase.com

SAS International
By Andrew Jackson, director

Tell us about your company?
Having operated in the Middle East for over 30 years, SAS International is a leading designer and manufacturer of interior building solutions. Products include metal ceiling systems, partitioning and architectural metalwork.

We’ve recently opened a 15,500 sq ft dedicated training suite at our Dubai site which offers contractors flexible training and seminar programmes for our metal ceiling systems or partitioning. SAS International has supplied a number of significant projects in the region including Aldar’s Headquarters in Abu Dhabi and the VIP car park at the Abu Dhabi Financial Centre. The company has recently supplied a bespoke metal ceiling solution, which is currently being installed, to Trust Tower in Abu Dhabi.

What are your best selling products?
Our metal ceiling solutions have a lifespan in excess of 25 years with only very basic maintenance. They provide building tenants with a value option, offering a high quality, long lasting finish as well as a sustainable one.

They offer an inert and inherently hardwearing surface, making metal ceiling systems both hygienic and a low-maintenance option. They can allow for service integration and ease of access for ongoing maintenance and cleaning. Perforated metal ceiling solutions can provide outstanding levels of acoustic performance which is a major consideration to provide enhanced occupant comfort in an office environment.

Recent developments?
We recently launched a range of commodity products, available from stock, direct from the local depot in Dubai including metal ceiling solutions ideal for the commercial environment.

What sets you apart from the competition?
SAS International is driven by core values of quality, innovation and value. The continuous investment and development of the business ensure high quality product solutions providing outstanding value to project teams and clients pursuing excellence.

Metal ceilings offer the sophisticated look desired by Middle East clients and are available in a variety of finishes that help to enhance the value of a building and perception of the internal environment. In the commercial sector where letting office space is hugely competitive tenants are attracted by grade “A” office space that represents real value for money.

How do we contact you?
SAS International
Office No. 1, Sun & Sands Building
Dubai Investment Park 2
PO Box 450575, Dubai, UAE
T: +971 4 8855 545; F: +971 4 8855 546
enquiries@sasint.ae
www.sasint.ae

Technolight
By Abdul-Aziz Azem, founder

Tell us about your company?
Our company is the first of its kind in the Saudi market. In the last 30 years, we have handled massive projects all over the country. Our expertise rests in the supply of architectural lighting fixtures, lighting control systems, office furniture, carpet tiles and raised flooring with branches in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

With a capacity of 100 employees and being exclusive dealers for many international brands including Vitra and XAL, we have set professional standards in the Saudi market.

What are your best selling products?
Vitra, Erco, Rovasi, Actiu and XAL.

Recent developments?
Important projects executed in 2011: Princess Noura University (architectural lighting and office furniture); Capital Market Authority Head Office (office furniture), Riyadh; King Abdul Aziz Library (office furniture), Riyadh; Electricity & Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (architectural lighting and office furniture), Riyadh; Sanabel (office furniture), Riyadh; Omrania & Associates (office furniture), Riyadh; Deloitte Head Office (office furniture), Riyadh; Communication & Information Technology Commission – CITC (architectural lighting), Riyadh; King Abdullah Financial District (architectural lighting), Riyadh; Tamkeen Tower (architectural lighting), Riyadh; Uroba Gallery (architectural lighting), Riyadh; and King Fahad Airbase (architectural lighting), Taiff.

What sets you apart from the competition?
We always try to have our uniqueness in projects with high quality design products, making sure our customers are satisfied. For us, a project is a challenge to make each penny worthwhile.

How do we contact you?
Nouran Technical Lighting & Contracting Co. Ltd., P.O Box 17420
Riyadh 11484, Saudi Arabia
T: +966 1 462 1150
F: +966 1 465 5406
riyadhbranch@technolight-ksa.com
www.technolight-ksa.com

Al Shaya Trading
By Prashant Sharma, division manager

Tell us about your company?
Alshaya Trading is part of Alshaya Group, the region’s largest retailer founded in 1890, and now spans more than 11 countries. The furniture division represents some of the best brands in the industry across the GCC with dedicated project showrooms in UAE, KSA, Kuwait and Qatar with office furniture like demountable partitions, executive, operative desking and seating, conferencing and auditorium solutions. We offer design services for client’s offices.

What are your best selling products?
We sell demountable partitions and executive ranges from Estel, Italy, seating from Sedus and Grammar Office, Germany and operative desking and conferencing solutions from Nowy styl group, Poland.

Recent developments?
We have completed prestigious projects in the region like Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, Buraimi University in Oman, community colleges in Riyadh and RAS gas HQ in Qatar. We are investing a lot in infrastructure and human capital and are exploring new markets in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

What sets you apart?
We derive our strength from our recognised management quality, innovative strategies and favourable employer culture. We only represent top of the line brands and our committment to high quality products and services sets us apart from the competition. We pride ourselves on our professional sales and marketing team, supported by in-house design, logistics and service teams. This expertise gives us a competitive advantage in executing projects of any scale in the region.

How do we contact you?
Alshaya Trading Co LLC
Furniture Division
Salahuddin Street, Deira, Dubai
T: +971 4 607 4200
F: +971 4 269 2346
furniture@alshayauae.ae
www.alshayatrading.com
www.alshaya.com

Herman Miller
By Rob Keddie, regional director – Middle East and Africa

Tell us about your company?
Herman Miller is one of the largest office and healthcare furniture manufacturers. It is recognised as a leader in design innovation and manufacturing for the environment. We sell globally through an extensive dealer network, with regional headquarters in Dubai.

What are your best selling products?
Launched in 2004, and still produced at a rate of one every 15 seconds, Aeron is still one of the best selling products for Herman Miller. With its groundbreaking design, Aeron provides healthy comfort and balanced body support using its innovative suspension and easy to use adjustment controls.

Recent developments?
In 2010 Herman Miller launched the SAYL family of office chairs designed by Yves Behar, continuing our tradition of bringing design led ergonomics to the market. Yves Behar is known for pushing the boundaries of technology; and SAYL continues this trend. Offering Herman Miller quality and manufactured with respect for the environment, SAYL is at the cutting edge of design and ergonomics, whilst still offering customers a chair with an attainable price.

What sets you apart from the competition?
Herman Miller are probably best renowned for their iconic designs, from the launch of Ergon 1976 as the world’s first ergonomic task chair, through to the newly launched SAYL family of seating, the design of which was inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge. The strength of this shows particularly with seating, where products are designed in line with decades of ergonomic research and understanding of the human body, and manufactured with a class leading 12 year, 24-hour use warranty.

How do we contact you?
Herman Miller
PO Box 37190, Dubai, UAE
T: +971 4 515 6565; F: +971 4 515 6566 info_dubai@hermanmiller.com
www.hermanmiller.com/worldwide.

FAMCO
By Chan Abraham, national sales manager – office solutions

Tell us about your company?
Since its inception over three decades ago, FAMCO is committed to providing outstanding second-to-none service levels to customers and to maintaining quality, safety and environmental standards. FAMCO is an ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 14001:2004 certified company.

What are your best selling products?
As the largest Bruynzeel agent in the Middle East region, it is a market leader for mobile shelving and archiving, providing an efficient solution to storage problems. Bruynzeel’s systems include both static and mobile shelving and cabinetry, meeting quality and safety standards such as RAL, GS and CE to provide storage solutions for offices and archives, including government institutions, libraries, museums, universities, financial and healthcare organisations.

Recent developments?
It has recent additions including a range of ergonomic seating with certifications from Greenguard, BIFMA, 1S0 9001:2008. Its office solutions department has completed many projects in the private and government sector including Abu Dhabi Archiving Department, Dubai Hospitals, Lexus, Toyota, ADNOC Ruwais Hospital.

What sets you apart from the competition?
FAMCO’s office solutions team are well-equipped to provide complete turnkey solutions for offices. With international furniture, filing and archiving brands, as well as innovative design options, a pleasing, diverse and effective combination is guaranteed.

Its office solutions showrooms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi exhibit a carefully selected range of office seating and work stations. With a 50% growth in 2011, the office solutions team is the translation of the relationship utilising advanced technology with style, aesthetics, durability, safety, and care for the environment.

How do we contact you?
www.famcouae.com
Toll free 800 FAMCO(32626)

Human Space
By Gaurav Jaisal, key accounts manager

Tell us about your company?
Human Space Office Furnishing LLC is a mid to high-range furniture distributor with a showroom located at Oud Metha in Dubai. We promote brands from the USA, Italy, Germany, UK and Thailand.

We specialise in the supply and installation of office furnishings. Our staff is trained in ergonomic seating and is able to demonstrate how to use the desks and chairs correctly.

Most of the companies we represent are part of the Green Building Council and the furniture we supply can help clients with their LEED credits.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our furniture, the knowledge and expertise of our team and our delivery and post-installation services.

What are your best selling products?
Some of our best selling products include: All Steel, USA; Gunlocke, USA; HBF, USA; Martex, Italy; Dauphin, Germany; Connection, UK; Techo, UK; and, Rockworth, Thailand.

Recent developments?
We have a new showroom with a 5,000 sq ft display area on Sheikh Rashid Road, behind Mövenpick Hotel in Oud Metha, Dubai. We’re also opening a showroom in Abu Dhabi soon. Some of our projects include: Dubai World Central (DWC), Bank Melli Iran (BMI), American School of Dubai, UAE Exchange Arcadia Middle East and Honda Motor Co. Middle East.

What sets you apart from the competition?
Human Space prides itself on its quality service, its expertise of design and installation of our team, and the variety of quality brands that we supply.

How do we contact you?
Gaurav Jaiswal
+97150 107 4965
gaurav.j@humanspace.com
Dubai office:
T: +971 4 357 4393
F: +971 4 357 4352

Abu Dhabi office:
T: +9712 443 3363
F: +971 2 443 3373

Burosc by Oasis
By Ralph Ong, managing director

Tell us about your company?
Based in Malaysia, Oasis Furniture Industries has been in the office chair manufacturing business for more than 13 years and makes high quality ergonomic healthy chairs. Burosc, a brand by Oasis, provides the highest standards of healthy and comfortable office seating for the corporate market worldwide.

Burosc by Oasis has more than five years experience in the global market project line and is now expanding its business and is looking for partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.

What are your best selling products?
The innovative Sorrento mesh chair is sustainably eco-designed. It is ergonomically contoured, designed with a balance between aesthetics and functionality, integrating ergonomic support and comfort with emphasis on healthy seating and is environmental friendly.

Recent developments?
Oasis’ successful delivery of its projects include: Paris – Sarbonne University Abu Dhabi, UAE; Emirates National School Project in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Multi-National Corporation Projects in Jebel Ali Free Zone and Dubai Airport Free Trade Zone in UAE has further enhanced its image and credibility internationally. Burosc by Oasis is making a strong entry into the office commercial project business and is making its presence felt in the regional markets.

What sets you apart from the competition?
All Burosc by Oasis chairs meet ANSI/BIFMA compliance standards. We adhere to stringent quality controls with no compromise to ergonomics. We believe in human resource development and training is part of our working culture.

How do we contact you?
Oasis Furniture Industries Sdn Bhd
2 & 3, Jalan Perindustrian Gemilang,
Jalan Mersing, 86000 Kluang, Johore,
Malaysia.
T: +607 773 3292
F: +607 773 9181
mail@burosc.com
www.burosc.com

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