In offices and in academia, white boards are a necessity during presentations, meetings, and brainstorming sessions. It’s easy to see why: white boards are easily cleaned, do not take up anyadditional floor area, and can often be enhanced with accessories or additional features, in order to make them even more practical.
Take Planning Sisplamo’s ‘Z 720 Enamelled steel Whiteboard “Zénith”’. The wall-mounted white board includes a hook for maps, and due to the use of enamelled steel, it can be used as a magnetic notice board as well. Frederic Wallner-designed ‘Messanger’ for Abstracta is a classic white board with sliding, glass doors, which can be used to extend the writing surface. The central stationary panel of the white board is magnetic, and can also be used as a projection screen for multimedia presentations.
Bene’s ‘NiCE Wall’ transforms the physical surface, and the act of writing, into a wholly digital one. Its main advantage is that it can be combines low tech solutions, such as post-it notes and markers, with high tech touch screens and styluses, and can stretch up to 30 metres.
Of course, not all solutions need to be that expansive. Pascual Salvador’s ‘Okinawa’ for Planning Sisplamo is a smaller white board with a base mounted on castors and includes a fastening mechanism for a flip chart, while Christian Halleröd’s ‘M System’ for Lintex is a tall, narrow, and mounted on a 4-star castor base.
Robert Bronwasser’s ‘Leaf’ white board for Cascando is a small, freestanding magnetic bulletin board, while Lasse Pettersson’s and Lennart Notman’s ‘Font Panel FRG 5041’ for Karl Andersson is a high-quality, wall mounted glass panel that can be used as a white board, but also as a magazine display shelf. Finally, ‘Slope’, by the same designers and manufacturer, is a tall magazine display shelf, whose back panel is a magnetic white board.