Chair, Ron Arad

Chair, Ron Arad

Caroline Lang, Sackler Centre Project Manager

The Art Studio needs to be really practical. Here there is a lot of debate. The tables are standard height and the Project Team feel we really need them to be adjustable. In a practical studio people sometimes work sitting down but are just as likely to stand. How many higher stools and how many standard chairs will we need? We also might want to clear space so that easels or mannequins can be used. After a lot of debate we agreed that this room needs more thought.

In the Reception area there will be a purpose built reception desk but also seating for visitors who are using the computer points, the coffee machine or just socialising. The suggestion is to use furniture by a number of different designers. Keeping their theme of natural colours, Softroom suggest the beautiful 'Polder' sofa in greens and purple by Hella Jongerius with Ron Arad chairs in white and orangey red. The sofa looks great but we wonder if it will be practical enough for the large numbers who are likely to use it. Some of the Project Team are less sure about the chairs 'could we have more variety, will they get dirty, what sort of table would work with this?' At the computer terminals and coffee point they suggest classic 'Alto' stools in different colours and 'La Fonda' coffee tables by Charles and Ray Eames.

Next to be discussed are the two new Seminar Rooms. Having the same furniture in each will help to accommodate different numbers and functions. Seminar Room 1 needs 75 chairs for talks but different layouts for seminars or discussions and we'll need to be able to clear them away quickly. Softroom suggest the 40-4 chair which links and stacks onto a trolley. There is a large storage cupboard in this room, so now we need to make sure these trolleys and a few spare tables will fit. Seminar Room 2 is next to the Auditorium and it's possible to have the same chairs in green leather to match the colour scheme there. This costs more but means that we can use them on the stage for panel discussions and debates rather than buying additional chairs which may not be used all the time. The final decision will have to wait until we can see what has been suggested is within the budget allocated for furniture. We'll do this at another more detailed presentation, with samples of the front runners to try out and costs to compare, at the beginning of November.