Friday, September 24, 2010

Lounge Seating: Pluto Bench

I believe it is important to provide a number of seating options in the library. And since a library probably has more chairs than any item other than books, it is important to choose wisely, as the chairs will make a strong statement and influence one's overall impression of the library interior.
The Pluto bench was introduced by Leland International at the 2010 NeoCon World's Trade Fair in Chicago. These benches can be arranged in a scattered composition to provide personal space, or grouped together to encourage interaction. Constructed using 100 percent post-industrial MDF board (medium-density fibreboard), which is wrapped in CFC (chlorofluorocarbon)-free foam and fitted with a 40 percent recycled steel plinth, Pluto can be upholstered in almost any stretch fabric or leather. An additional layer of interest can be achieved by applying contrasting upholstery to the circular seat pad.
Having a few of these benches in the library I'm certain would appeal to teens. And since students like to sit on the floor, benches, stools and ottomans can double as a work/laptop surface.

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