Modern education is changing, so too are the spaces where learning takes place. We look at some of the products that are helping to reshape this new learning landscape.
September 9th, 2019
From vertical daycare centres to fluid yet ‘sticky’ tertiary campuses’, educational architecture and design is one typology that is under dramatic change. Propping up and aiding in these new learning models are the products specified in these projects.
Lockers are reinvented by Australian company Planex. Virtu, in particular, is a timeless range of office storage modules that can integrate into any high-end fit-out and would work exceptionally well in an education environment. The range includes mobile pedestal, tambour doors, lateral drawer files and swing doors.
Modularity is key for flexible spaces, including education. Hive ticks all the boxes in terms of its versatility, bringing stylish and flexible furniture to end users. In all configurations, Hive can seamlessly integrate the latest technology, including fixed and freestanding smart TVs and displays, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, built-in power sources and mobile device charging pads.
Moveable and agile whiteboards – ThoughtWalls are designed for those light bulb moments. ThoughtWalls can be rearranged to create working hives or totems to encourage creative collaboration whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. This versatility brings a lot from an education perspective, allowing for dynamic teaching environments to come to life.
Designed as an integrated modular system with two different back heights, Basket allows for a range of seating scenarios from intimate to open and would be right at home in a learning space. Inspired by beach baskets the classic design can be paired with an ottoman – group work is looked after in a cinch.
Sturdy and timeless, the Visu chair designed by Mika Tolvanen for Muuto is a modern reinterpretation on a classic plywood chair. Bringing in comfort and clean lines it is perfectly suited to educational spaces with its solid focus on ergonomics and its inbuilt durability.
The magnetic, writeable Moving Panel is a versatile tool and the ideal extension of the mobile whiteboard Moving Wall. The wafer-thin, frameless panel is available in two functional sizes and can effortlessly be attached to the Moving Wall or wall-mounted using our custom rail system and used as a stand-alone writeable presentation surface.
Lapse is a comprehensive modular system that transcends the classic seating concept. The broad range of elements and accessories combined with the design of the modules allows for endless configurations that will transform education or workplace settings into new collaborative spaces for interaction. Spaces in which to hold meetings, informally work in a team or simply take a break.
Bringing together a range of products from benches, modular sofas, tables and screens, Steelcases B-Free range of products can be adeptly deployed for agile learning. Group or individualised needs can effortlessly come together helping instil collaboration among the end users, something of particular importance.
Create a selection of lockers, designed specifically for the environment space they inhabit with ActiveLockers. Any configuration can be completely customised with hundreds of options including sophisticated veneers, specialised paints such as chalkboard, decorative metals or even acoustic pinboard panels.
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