Lobby and Reception Furniture

Lobbies and reception areas are social-centered places that draw people together for rela­tively short periods of time (Figure 2.32). Verner Panton’s Living Tower (1969) is composed of interrelated components that make possible a variety of spatial configurations and body postures (Figure 2.33). The sectional seating design is ideally situated for lobby and reception areas. Related to Panton’s Living Tower was Visiona II, a psychedelic exhibit space also designed by Verner Panton, composed of many upholstered components. It was conceived as a three-dimensional body landscape using sinusoidal curved shapes, interlocking components, and bold use of color for an exhibition for Bayer at the Cologne Furniture Fair (1970).

Подпись: Figure 2.33 Living Tower, designed by Verner Panton (1969), produced by Vitra. Photography by Jim Postell, 2006. Подпись: Figure 2.34 Platform bench, designed by George Nelson (1946), manufactured by Herman Miller. 48 inches, 56% inches, 68 inches, or 72 inches wide; 18% inches deep; 14 inches high (122, 143, 173, or 183 cm wide; 47 cm deep; 35.5 cm high). Photography by Phil Schaafsma. Courtesy of Herman Miller, Inc. Подпись: Figure 2.35 Sectional lobby seating in the Seattle Public Library, designed by architect Rem Koolhaus of OMA (2006). Photography by Brian F. Davies.

George Nelson’s Platform bench (1946) is modest in form and flexible in use (Figure 2.34). It can be manufactured in different length dimensions using either primavera or ebonized wood for the top and spatially arranged in a number of ways. Lobbies and reception areas need flexible and multifunctional furnishings in order to accommodate changing and temporary uses. The lobby space in Rem Koolhaus’s Seattle Public Library (Figure 2.35) is filled with colorful, sectional, upholstered seating elements designed to accommodate

Подпись: Figure 2.37 The 40/4 stacking chairs, designed by David Rowland (1963). Manufactured by GF Furniture Systems. The stamped-out sheet metal has a protective PVC coating applied. 20 inches wide; 21% inches deep; 30 inches high; 15% inches seat height (51 cm wide; 54 cm deep; 76 cm high; 39.6 cm seat height). Photography by Jim Postell, 2006.

Подпись: Figure 2.36 Ant and Series 7 fabri cated using molded beech plywood. Stacking chairs, designed by Arne Jacobsen (1952.1955), manufactured by Fritz Hansen, Denmark. (Ant chair). 19 inches wide and deep; 30% inches high; 17% inches seat height (48 cm wide and deep; 77 cm high; 43.8 cm seat height). Photography courtesy of Erik Skoven and Fritz Hansen, Denmark.
Lobby and Reception Furniture

diverse users (i. e., young, old, individu­als, groups, even Seattle’s homeless population) and offers multiple uses (i. e., talking, gathering, reading alone, and resting).