Important Orders from Norway and the USA Delight Swedish Furniture Industry Personality of the Year

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Swedish furniture manufacturer Offecct has received substantial orders for furniture to the cultural center USF Verftet i Bergen, Norway, as well as an order of 1700 acoustic panels from the USA. The orders from the USA and Norway amount to 5 million SEK. Möbelriksdagen - the Swedish Furniture Parliament - has also awarded Offecct's CEO Kurt Tingdal the title Furniture Industry Personality of the Year 2012.

Swedish furniture manufacturer Offecct has in cooperation with the cultural center USF Verftet and interior designer Örjan Djonne from Rambøll architects under a longer period worked to adjust and develop products to a development project of the arena.

USF Verftet is an arts arena for music, theater, film and modern art in Bergen, Norway. USF was established in 1993 and is an important actor within arts and culture in Bergen and Norway with the aim of collaborating, strengthening and participating in the development of culture and creativity.

Offecct will deliver a specially designed chair by Norwegian designers Steinar Hindenes and Petter Knutsen.

– When we were redoing the cultural center and making a bigger concert hall we wanted a new concert chair. The development has been a close process between us here at the cultural center, the designers and Offecct, says Jon Tvilde, Head of the cultural center.

– As clients we were allowed to participate in the development of the chair so that it would fulfill all our whishes. It has been an exciting and positive process, Jon Tvilde continues.

The order also consists of several products from Offecct such as the easy chairs King, Tinto and Oyster, the sofas Easy Block, Minima and Playback as well as the table Basic.

– The project has been characterized by challenges and by a fruitful collaboration, says Kurt Tingdal CEO Offecct AB.

– It is immensely stimulating when one has a dedicated client who has high demands on both cooperation and the final result. This way of working is completely in line with Offecct’s quest to work closely with clients, architects and partners, Kurt Tingdal continues.

Apart from the order from USF Verftet Offecct received an important order from the USA in the beginning of 2012. The order consisted of 1700 of the acoustic panel Soundwave Botanic, designed by recognized designer Mario Ruiz. The orders from the USA and Norway amount to 5 million SEK

In addition, in January Möbelriksdagen – Swedish for the Furniture Parliament – awarded Offecct’s CEO Kurt Tingdal the title Furniture Industry Personality of the Year 2012. The Furniture Parliament gathers the most important actors within the Swedish furniture industry and stated the grounds for the appointment of Kurt Tingdal as Furniture Industry Personality of the Year as follows:

“With his true entrepreneurial spirit and modern leadership, Tingdal has taken OFFECCT to an international level. He has created a strong team spirit within the company all through his active participation in developmental and environmental questions.

Kurt is very committed to his work within the steering group of TMF, the Swedish Trade and Employers’ Association of the wood processing and furniture industry, showing a true commitment to the industry and a strong networking spirit. This commitment is truly important and fruitful to the furniture industry as a whole.”


Offecct was founded in 1990 by CEO Kurt Tingdal and Design Manager Anders Englund, and is situated in Tibro, Sweden. Offecct has 42 people employed with sales of SEK 115 million. More than 50% of the sales are made up of exports to 55 countries.

Offecct has grown rapidly to become a major furniture manufacturer with high design ambitions, which is particularly evident in the many international design awards that Offecct has received over the years. Offecct believes that qualitative, innovative and sustainable design creates interiors that have a positive impact on people - in meetings, at home and at work. Offecct works closely with some of the world's most renowned designers.

Offecct also believes that Corporate Social Sustainability (CSR) is as important as quality and design, which is evident in the choice of materials, energy, transportation and logistics. Many of Offecct´s products have been approved by the Nordic ecolabel, and Offecct is also certified in accordance with ISO 9001 (quality) as well as ISO 14001 (environmental).

Several public spaces all over the world have been furnished with objects from Offecct. A few examples are the offices of Skype and the Swedish Association of Architects as well as Nobis Hotel in Stockholm; MoMA and the MTV studio in New York, Microsoft in Hong Kong, Philips in Istanbul, MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) in New York; Schiphol in Holland, Statoil in Norway, and BMW in Belgium.

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For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

Ulrika Darheden, Marketing Assistant, OFFECCT AB, phone: +46 504 415 00

Kurt Tingdal, CEO OFFECCT AB, phone: +46 504 415 00

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