WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF)

The WSL (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research) Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF embarked on a significant project to create a new office space, with the primary goal of accommodating their expanding team. Sustainability was a key focus, both in terms of construction and operation, reflecting a broader environmental commitment. The project manager recognised the need for furniture that aligned with this sustainability ethos, resulting in environmentally conscious seating solutions by Flokk making it into the workspace.

The new office space comprises various types of rooms, including one, two, and four-person offices, meeting rooms, and common areas. Initially, the plan was to design open-plan offices; however, due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, they shifted towards more conventional, classic office structures. The primary...


Three different furnishing concepts were presented to the steering group, with Joma Trading AG's concept, featuring Flokk furniture, standing out as the best option, both in terms of sustainability and high-quality performance.

The giroflex 353 was selected for office and meeting room use due to several factors. The giroflex 353 is a high performance task chair offering ergonomic features including synchro-motion and a dual seat zone. It has easy to use controls for adjustability as well as a strong environmental performance. Built to last, it is also easily repairable. Chairs were upholstered in Xtreme by Camira, a fabric made from 100% recycled polyester, and chosen in two different configurations, a mesh-back office chair as well as a cantilever meeting room chair.

In the lounge area, Fan chairs and matching Profim SR40 Tables were chosen. The Fan chairs with wooden legs were chosen to provide a touch of homeliness and blend seamlessly with the office's natural surroundings. The...


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