How design is challenging the ergonomics of education

Valencia – In a time where sitting has been dubbed the ‘new smoking’ by health professionals and mobility is valued, designers have been brought on by academic institutions and companies to get creative, reimagining work and study spaces to improve the performance and focus of students and employees. Take, for example, Andreu World: the Spanish furniture company has worked worth Vancouver’s Adler University and Mexico’s Centro Constituyentes university campus to offer integral solutions in seating and tables.

What is the biggest hurdle for institutions and companies looking to optimize their educational spaces, then?

‘It’s the search for spaces and equipment that encourage collaboration, connectivity and creativity, taking into account the criteria of sustainability and adaptability to space,’ said Jesús Llinares, CEO of Andreu World. ‘For seating, the goal is to offer versatile and stackable collections such as Flex – modular seats or benches that allow points of support – and as for tables, the challenge is to make them “connected.”’

Andreu World has taken this challenge on with candour. The Radial Conference table, part of the new series designed by Estudio Andreu, is a prime example of the company’s attention to changing priorities in education and work space design. The table is offered in oak, white and black, and is founded upon versatility that is adaptable to different environments and activities. It connectivity facilities for customizable power stations, a high table solution and a sleek top – the kind which inspires creativity, but does not intrude upon it.

The Reverse – the Radial’s counterpart – is a multi-configuration square, circle or ellipse table top on a thick, vase-shaped base and was designed by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga.

Thinking back to the buildings we once studied in ourselves, most of us will recall uncomfortable furniture that did not exactly make for a creative learning environment; things are quite different now.

In their seating designs, Andreu World adheres to three basic tenants: ergonomics, innovation and comfort. Anyone who has spent too long sitting in a clunky desk chair with no support has likely had dreams of burning it at night. Andreu World challenges this with the Flex, Duos and Sit designs. They boast a balance of form and function – the range of colour and expertly crafted lines of the Flex invigorate an artistic eye, the elegantly wood-worked Duos’ wide, comfortable seat invites the still-sleepy and the Sit’s lanky metal legs and curved backing work together to support the sitter.

Thinking back to the buildings we once studied in ourselves, most of us will recall predominantly grey corridors and uncomfortable furniture that did not exactly make for a creative learning environment,’ explained Llinares. ‘Things are quite different now.’

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