Antenna was founded in 1997 by Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger. Antenna’s design projects range from public and commercial to experimental and artistic, typically spanning object, interface and environment. Among Antenna’s best known projects are the design of New York City subway cars and ticket vending machines, Bloomberg displays and interactive environments, such as Power Flower, an installation in the windows of Bloomingdale’s activated by passersby.In 2010 Knoll Inc. launched Antenna’s eponymous office furniture system designed for emerging work styles.
Antenna’s work has won numerous awards, including recognition from Business Week/IDSA, I.D., Fast Company and Wired magazines. In 2006, Masamichi and Sigi received the United States Artists Target Fellowship in the Architecture and Design Category. In 2008, Antenna won the National Design Award in Product Design.
Knoll Antenna Workspaces. Photo courtesy of Knoll, Inc.
Sparrow™ LED Task Light for Knoll. Photo Courtesy of Knoll, Inc.
Toboggan™ Chair for Knoll, Inc. Toboggan is a hybrid object combining a stool and a side table. It doesn’t fit into any existing typology as it responds to emerging needs brought about by mobile technology, most notably tablets like the iPad – yet it looks strangely familiar. The shape and scale allows people to shift 360 degrees in the seat, with the curved back serving as backrest, armrest or impromptu tablet work surface. It is light-weight and easy to move around the office for casual get-together. Photo courtesy of Knoll, Inc.
Scenario Illustration for Toboggan™ Chair for Knoll, Inc.
Microsoft VoIP Enterprise Telephone. The stand-alone IP telephone features an easy-to-use, large touch-screen for various advanced telephony features, such as reading one’s voicemail and ad-hoc conferencing, improving productivity and streamlining communications. Photo: Ryuzo Masunaga
7000 Series Railcar: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The design reflects extensive input from customers, rider advocates, safety experts, operators, maintenance personnel and engineers to ensure that the needs and preferences of the various constituents are met.
The interior features thin and sleek padded seats which provide good back support while giving more leg room. The general seats are arranged in a transversal layout, while the priority seats by the doors are arranged longitudinally, achieving a good balance of sitting/standing room as well as smooth passenger flow. The seat color scheme is a calming subtle blue in three shades, with the darkest shade identifying the priority seats. Matching dark-blue zones on the floor delineate wheel chair areas. The dark non-slip flooring contrasted by the light-colored walls and ceiling creates a spacious feel in the rather low-ceiling car. The cantilevered seats allow easy cleaning of the floor. To protect passengers seated near the doors, safety screens are provided. The transparent screens feature the Metro logo with a new radiant graphic, the theme of the new car. Various dynamic customer information displays make way-finding easy and generate a sense of rider confidence. Energy-efficient LED lighting is used throughout the cars.
Help Point Intercom for MTA/New York City Transit.
Bloemendaal. 96th Street Subway Station House Ceiling Installation. The hanging sculptural work consists of 180 polished stainless steel flowers linked together and arranged in rows that flow from the structure’s steel traverse beams, creating ethereal layers of reflective surfaces with an almost ghost-like presence. Our intent is to reflect the community’s historic roots as Bloomingdale, derived from the Dutch “Bloemendaal” – Vale of Flowers. The installation is a memento of nature past, reminding subway riders of a time before the area became an urban neighborhood, changing their perception of place for a few fleeting moments. Photo: Jan Staller
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