Product design case study | Educational theatre furniture for Race
Empty university lecture room showing the Connect educational furniture
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We were invited to collaborate in the furniture design and layout optimisation of the lecture theatre for Loughborough University. They required thoughtful education seating to enhance students’ experiences as well as allow lecturers to interact more effectively with them. Our work was coordinated with the architect to make sure all tables and seats were fitted correctly to the structural support in the floor. We also needed to achieve all minimum clearance gaps. This is required by the current regulations to provide sufficient emergency exits throughout.

Educational furniture design concept sketches by product design company for Race Furniture

Distinctive bespoke furniture designed for the demanding educational environment

We took the initial layout supplied by the client and produced a 3D model of the proposed design. First we made sure it complied with the clients and regulatory requirement. Following the approval of the furniture design, we updated and optimised the layout. We also produced a number of realistic renderings showing specific detail and demonstrating the view from different seats throughout the room. We went on to produce the engineering drawings for manufacturing and assisted with making a sample module.

Collaborative bench seating shown at a university lecture designed by Simple Design Works

Award winning design

The result was the award winning Connect system. The perfect learning environment can be completely customised using this seating solution. As well as supporting different teaching layouts, it reduces the overall space requirement. Plus it gives everyone a clear line of sight. It has solid wooden seat backs, fixed writing shelves and integrated power and data ports. What’s more it’s been thoroughly tried and successfully tested in universities across the UK and Europe. This project has won numerous awards. This includes the RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year and FX International Design Award for Workplace Seating. You’ll find this seating in numerous prestigious universities including Leeds University, Newcastle University, Glasgow University and SOAS University of London.

Loughborough university lecture room with Race Furniture CONNECT educational furniture
Loughborough university lecture room with maroon collaborative educational furniture and devices

Stuart Finlator

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“We have used Simple Design Works for a number of projects varying from conceptual design through to CAD drawing projects and always found them to be efficient and diligent. We would recommend them to any other company looking for a one-stop solution to all their design requirements.”

Stuart Finlator
Director – Race Furniture

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