We hope the parents reading this are enjoying some quite time now that the kids are mostly back at school. It’s been a strange year and a half navigating through virtual learning days, in person schooling and everywhere in between. What we’ve found in both the corporate and the education markets is that relaxed, causal spaces are trending. We are seeing a reduction in formality of both business attire and work spaces. This month we wanted to focus on these trends and how they are changing the K-12 and Higher Educations markets.
A growing trend is seeing K-12 schools design facilities and campuses to mimic higher education. Traditional desk and chair setups are being replaced in some instances by chairs with wheels and modular furniture that can be strategically moved, to simulate higher education and work environments.
Embracing the casual meeting concept, as well as the traditional notion of waiting or purely getting quality time alone, Nios by Arcadia, serves all purposes in comfort for today’s ever-changing environments.
Adept, flexible and student-focused, KI’s Learn2 seating transforms learning environments. It goes wherever it’s needed and can be arranged in any configuration you can imagine. Mobile, adaptable Learn2 facilitates individual work or small to large group teaming. It’s exactly what students need and want for collaborative and interactive learning spaces.
Redefine the concept of collaborative workspaces with the SW_1 office and lounge seating collection from Steelcase. A breathable mesh back provides increased comfort for long work sessions. A swiveling base and open arms expand the view, increasing the flow of collaboration in any space. Three inches lower than conventional seating and with a more relaxed posture, the SW_1 Lounge is a conference/lounge hybrid that creates a more intimate and comfortable environment.
Flexible furniture choices can include desks and tables and with casters for easy movement or curvy and rectangular worksurfaces that can be pushed together. Seating consists of traditional hardback chairs, modular lounge pieces, as well as ottomans and wiggly stools.
Pull up a seat and join the party with Encore’s Popover. Mix and match small and large sizes to create collaborative clusters, small group environments or simple standalone touchdown spots. Whatever the purpose, these whimsical, lightweight poufs are effortlessly repositionable and provide all the building blocks for reimagining spaces again and again.
Flexible seating helps make learning fun. Take a look at the flexible seating options from Smith System to incorporate flexible seating into schools. This Oodle stool has a rocking option that allows for a more active, engaged, enthusiastic, and relaxed room of students.
OFS’s Boost comes in numerous shapes and sizes with thoughtful touches that contribute to the ensuing laughs, conversations and productivity. And, the subtle, non-disruptive motion of Boost active creates movement for a fun and engaging touchdown.
Daulphin’s Reefs system seating provides solutions for any open environment by offering comfortable structures with visual and acoustic privacy. The Reefs modular system adapts to the unique requirements of organizations, individuals and tasks and allows unlimited design options from configurations that foster engagement and collaborative teamwork to hideaways that provide a quiet place to focus.
Global Furniture Group’s River line offers study carrels which are havens for students who want to study solo. For those who prefer collaboration, the River line has modern designs for open areas in any education environment.
Study tables foster collaboration in libraries and common areas. AGATI’s Power Bar charging tables let your patrons recharge – Take a stand against messy power cables and dead batteries. With power outlets that line the edge of the work surface, the Power Bar is as functional as it is stylish among charging tables for public or university library settings.
Kimball’s fiXt includes occasional tables, worktables and bookcases available in a range of sizes and heights. Bench or stool seating complete this classic collection with a perfect match of style and functionality. Mobility options make reconfigurability of any space effortless to support flexible landscapes.
Whether students need a quick break or somewhere to hunker down, they crave comfort. Student centers are the Heart of every campus. These spaces need to offer flexibility and areas for entertaining with a neighborhood feel.
The Kozmic collaborative collection is a versatile solution for open plan spaces. With a combination of spines, seating, and tables, Kozmic provides the ability to configure a solution that is comfortable for sitting, leaning, standing, and perching. Interact, focus, power up, or touch down with Kozmic from National.
Transitional styling that blends well with collaboration areas and group housing defines Composium Sharp from SitOnIt. This robust lounge seating collection is a comfortable seating choice for K-12 and higher education spaces.
Hon’s learned a thing or two about learning. Like students respond better when their classroom and instruction is more dynamic and interactive. Designed for fun and function, Skip seating offers an engaging, active sit that lets you rock any subject—literally. Lightweight, mobile, and easy to clean, Skip seating is in a class of its own within any modern educational space.