Teaching and learning are imperative forces that can support a person and sustain the ‘village’. Over the last few years, the shift in education has been front and centre for students, teachers, administrators, parents as well as architects and designers. Now, it’s not enough to have a screen on a table for a zoom meeting or a gathering space to meet. The reality is that both amenity and facility are integral to the best practice of education.

Changes in the way that education is now being delivered encompasses, indoor/outdoor learning space, multi-functional teaching areas, flexible event and meeting spaces and easily re-configurable furnishings, and there are products that can assist in realising this design on many levels.

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS | Designed by Frank | Furniture: Caper Chairs by Herman Miller | Photography by Andrew Worssam

Whether products are required in the classroom, collaborative spaces, libraries, auditoriums or multipurpose areas, Living Edge has the solution and can supply an expert result to satisfy any great interior design concept and the requirements of the individual or group.

Living Edge understands that flexibility is key, and their education portfolio reflects this. Living Edge offers many products which can easily adapt a meeting room to a breakout space, a classroom to an auditorium and everything in between. Whether that product is a chair for a classroom, to be stacked or utilised in the conference area: or a table that interconnects, stands alone or glides on casters: even upholstered modular seating and meeting booths for quiet times can be mixed and matched, as there is literally, something for everyone that will more than meet a user’s needs.

Music School and Concert Hall in Ventspils | Designed by Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 | Furniture: Custom Flex 6035 by Figueras | Photography by Raimonds Birkenfelds

While health and wellbeing are now central to a design, learning is best achieved with products that are holistically conceived, ergonomically superior and have been manufactured to the highest level. To this end, Living Edge presents a diverse range of brands and collections that include renowned designers and manufacturers such as Herman Miller, Walter Knoll, Muuto, e15, Tom Dixon, Derlot, NaughtOne, Caon and so many more.

With such a range of excellent brands, choosing the right product is essential and Living Edge is here to help. Staff work closely with clients within the education space to understand their wants and needs so that they are fully and creatively resolved. Research and development into how design elements can enrich the learning experience are conducted by the brands Living Edge supply. This in turn helps to identify direct furniture solutions for every client.

Life Sciences Building, University of Melbourne | Designed by Hassell | Furniture: Zehn Tables by e15 | Photography by Earl Carter

In line with the flexible, agile classrooms of the modern age, Living Edge is pleased to present a selection of the latest and greatest in seating, desking and storage solutions that transition seamlessly between uses and users. Flexible seating has become crucial to crafting a healthy learning environment, ensuring best use of space, and fostering collaboration. An industry favourite is the Howe 40/4 chair, which is acclaimed as the first truly stackable chair. Its name is an expression of this fact: 40 chairs can be stacked within 4 feet. Another favourite, the Caper Multipurpose Chair, offers ergonomic swivel, tilt, and height adjustment – made for working at a desk, gliding over to meet with a colleague, or reclining in thought.

Sibyl Centre | Designed by m3architecture | Furniture: 40/4 Chairs by HOWE | Photography Christopher Frederick Jones

In education and campus design, form follows function. With a focus on community and connection, multi-use and multipurpose spaces should be carefully considered. From the Herman Miller OE1 collection launched early this year, the Communal Table has become an on campus hit. The design helps provide personal touchdown areas and workspaces in or outside the classroom. Tutor from Howe is a high-density stacking table for use where flexibility is key, and the maximum utilisation of space is of paramount importance. Though longer, more substantial tables such as Zehn from e15 enables the design to suit various interiors and collaborative functions.

Uppsala University in Sweden | Designed by 3XN | Furniture: Nerd Chairs by Muuto | Photography by Jason Strong

Collaborative furnishings allow for the carving out of quiet, comfortable and inviting pockets for conversing. The Workshop table from Muuto provides an open space for students to come together compared to the Prisma or Homework collections from Derlot which provide an enclosed more private space. Established & Sons’, Grid also provides an ideal solution for areas requiring booths and hubs.

All these furniture products are perfect in a multipurpose space, the choice and design are only constrained by the architect or designer’s imagination.

University of Sunshine Coast | Designed by Hassell | Furniture: Homework by Derlot | Photography by Rachael Baskerville

While we navigate our way through new paradigms of education design, Living Edge is at the forefront, offering furniture that will not only enhance every aesthetic but provide comfort, support and adaptability. The education sector is one of the most important and Living Edge is responding with myriad products that not only set the agenda for style but surpass the criteria for better learning.

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