Here we focus on one key product line that has been designed to withstand daily wear and provide a suitable option for spaces that foresees high volume use; the Soft Bench set. When choosing furniture options for a space that will be occupied daily and by a substantial number of users, whether it is a school canteen, medical canteen, or workplace breakout area, there are certain points to look out for in making the correct decision. We take a closer look at the key characteristics of the Soft Bench set and project case studies where it is applied with success.
Above: White & green contrast configuration with T-base
The key requirements of the selected furniture for a space that is used on a daily basis to ensure it supports high volume footfall, offers both functional and aesthetic qualities, presents minimal maintenance and decrease clutter, and is robust to last for years without looking dated or worn.
The Soft Bench system
The key qualities of the Soft Bench system that fit this remit is the simplicity of its design and the rigidity of its construction. The set comprises of a table and bench; the table is manufactured from a solid wood top finished in Formica laminate and a 40mm high impact ABS edging. The distinct round edges of the table adds further resistance to impact, enhancing the possibility to use it in school canteens. The Formica laminate can be specified from over 100 colour options, ranging from neutral to bright or bold colour options. The high performance of Formica laminate means it will offer long-lasting support against stains, scratching or discolouration. The ABS edging comes in a vast array of colours, making it possible to mix and match the table top colours. As well as the table top, it is also possible to choose a colour for the base, which comes with 3 style options. Pick from either a simple standard round base, a chrome trumpet base or a T-shaped base. These come in 60 RAL shades, so essentially each segment of the Soft Bench table can be customised to match or complement company or school branding.
Above: Trumpet base configuration in white.
As well as the table top, it is also possible to choose a colour for the base, which comes with 3 style options. Pick from either a simple standard round base, a chrome trumpet base or a T-shaped base. These come in 60 RAL shades, so essentially each segment of the Soft Bench table can be customised to match or complement company or school branding.
The bench seat is a soft padded seat available in the same length as each table size, which comes in three standard sizes or a special size can be arranged. The bench seat comes in a 6 seater, 8 seater or 10 seater version and offers a clutter-free, easy to maintain option for canteen spaces. The faux leather vinyl upholstery is easy to wipe and durable against daily wear and tear. The contract-grade material is a popular choice for creating comfortable seating in spaces without negating on aesthetic quality. Choose from over 60 shades for the bench seating, with contemporary and bold colours available.
Case Study: Oxford High School & Amazon Rugeley
The Soft Bench system is a highly suitable option for school and college canteens, it is hard wearing and is an economical option for large quantities. For the sixth form common room at independent girl’s school Oxford High School, it was essential the selected furniture pieces offers adaptable and robust solutions, matching the simple layout of the space. The Soft Bench dining sets were deemed an adequate choice for the practical design and tough construction. To match the school colours, a mix and matched selection of light grey and cool blue bench seats were specified with white tables to add to the sophisticated design of the interior palette.
For the Amazon Rugeley warehouse staff canteen quarter, a comfortable yet easy maintenance option was required. The Soft Bench set worked well as it offers a clutter-free option with flexible options for customising the entire set accordingly. A more slimline T-shape base was chosen with all-white laminate top and ABS edging. To contrast the tables and in-line with the brand colours, a variety of green, yellow, red and blue soft bench seats were introduced, adding colour and creating an inviting feel for staff.
The Soft Bench set is a versatile and highly robust option that has been selected for numerous interior projects, based on the endurance of its build and highly customisation options possible. With vast colour options to a range of base sizes and materials, the Soft Bench system forms a highly viable solution for canteens, breakout spaces and more.
Below, the Soft Bench colour chart:
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