Client: Bene

Sector: Furniture

Commission: 2010

Launch: 2012

Bay chair is the result of PearsonLloyd’s ongoing research into the future of the workplace for Bene. Like the design studio’s Docklands and PARCS range for the brand, the Bay chair stems from the observation that workers are increasingly using shared touch-down and informal team work areas for short periods of time, to exchange ideas and work on collaborative tasks. PearsonLloyd recognised that over-engineered task chairs aren’t necessary in these settings, and sought to develop a new typology of chair for shared workspace seating.

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Until now, chairs used in informal meeting, light task and touchdown settings tend to be either traditional side chairs, which lack the required performance characteristics; or downspec’d task chairs with a technical aesthetic at odds with the culture of this less formal work space. The challenge was to develop a seat that merged great ergonomic performance within a softer more open and friendly aesthetic.

The result, Bay chair, has a circular seat and a low-back rest that continues around the seat to form the armrest, enabling users to move around comfortably in their chair and be supported. A weight sensitive mechanism, disguised within a simple sculpted seat base supports multiple body types with only the need for height adjustment. More over, the chair has a soft aesthetic, and thanks to its round shape reduces the sense of clutter in a space: collectively the chairs look neat regardless of which way they face. As such the product has helped to establish a new visual language for seating products in this setting.