Thinking back to the buildings we once studied in ourselves, most of us will recall predominantly gray corridors that did not exactly make for a creative learning environment. Things are quite different, however, at Adler University in Vancouver, Canada: Each of the five stories of the downtown glass tower is in one of the university’s colors: red, brown, green and orange. Andreu World, which has extensive expertise in workspace equipment, has carried this bold color concept further: Its Alya Lounge Chair and Flex Chair are upholstered in bright orange and green and create a cheerful atmosphere. Comfort and design go hand in hand when it comes to Andreu World’s furniture: With high backrests, broad seats and a four-star shaped central swivel base, the Alya lounge chair and armchair provide an opportunity for concentrated work amidst the hustle and bustle of the campus. The tilting backrest option offers even greater relaxation. Numerous versions of the seat shell and base mean the “Flex” chair is highly flexible as well. A four-leg base made of light beech wood in combination with a plastic shell with upholstered seat and backrest was chosen for the university’s recreational areas. As such the chairs are easily able to put up with intensive wear and tear, while at the same time providing a welcome change in terms of look and comfort to the practical, but not always particularly aesthetic furniture usually found in university spaces.
Available in four heights and with a round table top in three different diameters, the “Dual” side table makes an ideal companion. The matt black version was chosen for the university fittings, allowing the table to melt into the background in an understated, functional way. Thanks to its round table top and base, in combination with the “Alya” and “Flex” seating by Andreu World, “Dual” creates a charming retro feel. The company refers to the most recent addition to the office as ‘the collaborative space, a flexible environment created for impromptu meetings – a place to share projects and to brainstorm’. (am)