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TEMPO OF THE TIMES: Bomba

Adaptability and agility are among the most important characteristics of the contemporary workplace. Bomba, a versatile sofa system recently released by Schiavello, emerged as a direct response to this.



BY Tess Ritchie

March 31st, 2015


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Bomba meets demands of the need for informal modular seating in the work environment that would allow flexibility in arrangement to suit different spaces and user requirements. It facilitates 24 different configurations, which is reflected in its name – a reference to a South American musical style in which the dancer’s movements dictate the drum beat.

The various seating arrangements are available with or without backrest and armrest, and in-built tables finished in American oak are suited to corner and linear configurations. Standalone tables are also included in the range. We found out more from Ivan Woods – the Schiavello Group’s Principal Designer.

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What kinds of environments do you envision Bomba within?

I feel the Bomba family’s distinct, confident personality lends itself to almost any contemporary environment – residential apartments, hotel lobbies and rooms, office receptions, breakout and dynamic working spaces, clubs, building lobbies and suites.

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How many different elements compose the Bomba system? What are they?

Well, the Bomba’s main seating module is a combination of a seat, back, upholstered or timber arms, and aluminium or timber legs. Table elements come as attached platforms with optional power and data access, or freestanding occasional tables. From these you can arrange almost limitless configurations, ranging from traditional freestanding sofa and side chairs with corner units, to linear, sculptural seating installations for building or hotel lobbies.

 

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How do the modular elements within the system connect?

The seating modules have been designed for simple connection with a concealed mechanical fixing. This allows for ease of installation and the interchanging of compatible modules on site.

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Bomba offers a broad, comforting seat but encourages an upright posture. What needs were you addressing with the design?

Bomba was designed to offer an informal, lounge-like recline position for general needs, with the use of a firmer seat and back foam to provide ergonomic support for dynamic working scenarios – such as electronic tablet use and informal meetings or collaborations. The firmer upholstery also suits public area seating where a broad age demographic requires ease of seat entry and exit.

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