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Research Project: Working landscapes
09 November 2012
The “Parcs Wing Sofa” is just one of the furniture modules designed by British designers Pearson and Lloyd for office furniture specialists Bene, photo © Bene, Werner Huthmacher

It was once walls that delineated the various working areas in office environments, but in today’s loft-style offices it is the furniture that defines where and how team members work and communicate. Whether secluded or screened off, with two or three colleagues around a meeting table or in the lunch lounge – it is the agenda that decides the choice of furniture.

Aiming to conduct a detailed examination of the development of such office furniture, the Professorship for Human Factors and Ergonomics at Chemnitz University of Technology chose the “Parcs” furniture range by office furniture experts Bene to assemble in the university’s Projekthaus Meteor. When designing the “Parcs” furniture range, British designers Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd drew inspiration from the modern cityscape. More specifically the green areas in our cities, where people stop and spend some time after a shopping trip or during their lunch break, where they relax, read the newspaper, take a picnic or play with their kids.

The horizontal upholstered furniture program “Parcs Causeway”, the high-back “Parcs Wing Chair” and the “Parcs Wing Sofa” are trend-setting pieces and have the capacity to adapt to future advances in office technology. “Some employers still struggle to recognize that employees can also be productive and add value to the company when sitting on a sofa rather than at a desk,” says Pearson. A concept now actively proven in Projekthaus Meteor.

In Projekthaus Meteor at Chemnitz University of Technology, the Parcs collection is currently serving as the subject of a research project by the Professorship for Human Factors and Ergonomics, photo © Bene, Werner Huthmacher
The “Parcs” collection was designed with the capacity to adapt to future technological developments, photo © Bene, Werner Huthmacher
The “Parcs Wing Chair” with a high backrest and headrest that screen the user from their surroundings was conceived to facilitate individual, concentrated working, photo © Bene, Werner Huthmacher
ABK Architects designed Projekthaus Meteor for Chemnitz University of Technology, photo © Bene, Werner Huthmacher
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Bene: PARCS Wing Sofa @ Stylepark
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PARCS Wing Sofa
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Architecture › 2012 › November
Research Project: Working landscapes
09 November 2012
It was once walls that delineated the various working areas in office environments, but in today’s loft-style offices it is the furniture that defines where and how team members work and communicate. Whether secluded or screened off, with two or three colleagues around a meeting table or in the lunch lounge – it is the agenda that decides the choice of furniture.

Aiming to conduct a detailed examination of the development of such office furniture, the Professorship for Human Factors and Ergonomics at Chemnitz University of Technology chose the “Parcs” furniture range by office furniture experts Bene to assemble in the university’s Projekthaus Meteor. When designing the “Parcs” furniture range, British designers Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd drew inspiration from the modern cityscape. More specifically the green areas in our cities, where people stop and spend some time after a shopping trip or during their lunch break, where they relax, read the newspaper, take a picnic or play with their kids.

The horizontal upholstered furniture program “Parcs Causeway”, the high-back “Parcs Wing Chair” and the “Parcs Wing Sofa” are trend-setting pieces and have the capacity to adapt to future advances in office technology. “Some employers still struggle to recognize that employees can also be productive and add value to the company when sitting on a sofa rather than at a desk,” says Pearson. A concept now actively proven in Projekthaus Meteor.