Spaceist presents Inspiration for furnishing Professional Learning Environments



Creating a professional space for training and education within a workplace environment may pose various challenges. As well as sophisticated furnishings that support agile and fluid learning, they need to provide space for usual working practices too. The space needs to provide ample areas for collaborative working whilst also offering private areas for individual studying. Here, we have taken four various examples of professional training and educational institutes and provided a range of inspirations for creating a refined look. Taking a range of options from our wide selection of products, we present how a suitable learning environment can be furnished.


Inspiration: University of Orléans Research Centre, Orléans, France

Dating as far back as 1905, the 17th Century interiors of Hôtel Dupanloup have been totally transformed into a modern research centre for the University of Orléans. The main structure of the spaces have been maintained with the inclusion of free standing furnishings. A selection of materials ranging from wood, plastic and fabric enhances the use of the meetings spaces, study rooms and conference rooms. The use of subtle toned down shades, architectural angular seating and free standing curtains creates a visual divide between spaces.


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With its distinctive 40mm thick top constructed from high impact ABS, the Oak café table is an ideal option for mixing contemporary colours with wood. The solid wooden legs comes in a selection of options including oak, beech or ash. The robust Formica laminate top comes in six various shades including red and is ideal for placing a singular piece or lining up a range for a longer table.

A classic chair with an updated look, the Lisbon café chair is made from hard wearing polypropylene.The chair presents long term use with its fibreglass finish with UV protection, meaning the chair can be used outdoors. Available in a range of neutral and bold colours, add some hints of olive, chocolate or sand, or a classic white or black variation. Added advantages of the Lisbon chair are that it can be stacked away with ease for extra space. Suitable for a range of applications, it is ideal for using as study chairs and in canteen or café spaces.

For the creation of a flexible and versatile study space, the 78 laptop chair presents a creative option. The geometric form of the chair means it can be organised in a range of layouts and seating arrangements. The main frame is a composition of solid timber upholstered with a polyurethane seat that comes in vinyl or fabric. Both materials are available in over 60 colours so they can be coordinated with a wide range of interior palettes. Essentially is it the shape that encourages diverse ways of working and collaborating making the 78 laptop chair ideal for study and meeting spaces.



Inspiration: Blanche Macdonald Training and Education Centre, Vancouver, Canada

Providing a world-class level of training in professional make-up artistry, fashion design, merchandising, hair styling and beauty aesthetics, the Blanche MacDonald Centre, the institute offers a wide range of training spaces. With two separate floors, one caters towards students training on hair styling and make up with a fully equipped salon and make up retail space. These spaces have been furnished with bold colours and robust furnishings to address the high volume use. The upper level of the institute is home to the offices, classrooms and study areas. The spaces are all sleek and modern with bold colour tones, designer furnishings and ample storage.


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Ideal for meeting spaces and high volume use, the Palm chair is a modish and practical seating option. Composed of a polyethylene shell that is available in various colours and a star base that comes in polish chrome or painted in black or white. The Palm chair presents a clean and sleek option for application in meeting rooms, study rooms and conference spaces.

For use as a hair styling chair, the Kennedy chair presents a retro seat shape with a broad back to enhance comfort. With its unusual seat shape with squared elements and straight sides, the seat presents classic style but for modern application. The swivel base comes in a variation of finishes and the seat is available in a choice of fabric, leather or faux leather upholstery. This is a retro design made for contemporary interiors.

The Frame boardroom table offers a great option for application where a large conference table is required with hard wearing compositions. The table top comes in two variations, here shown with a durable laminate top. As well as cable points and grommets, the polished aluminium based provides a sleek look along with long term durability.



Inspiration: Pearson Education Office, Boston, Massachusetts

A fluid, spacious and bright learning and education centre for the Pearson Education Offices in Boston has been created with the use of a simple colour palette and appealing furnishings. The spaces open up learning hubs moving away from private office spaces and into a more collaborative and joint workforce. Numerous workspaces dotted around the office have been created with supportive furnishings and comfortable soft seating. Learning hubs have been formed in key focal areas allowing serendipitous interactions.

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To create free-standing booth style seating, the Modular sofa with low back allows great space for seating without creating a distraction in fluid room design. The robust qualities of this contract sofa means it is suitable for high volume use and composed for a wide option of variations. Choose from a wool, vinyl or leather upholstery option in a wide range of colours. With sled base legs in polished chrome, the seat presents wholesome modern design. This versatile option is ideal for flexible and busy contract application.

Addressing the need for stylish and practical seating, the Sputnik office chair provides ample support and comfort. The plastic seat is moulded to support the body with optional upholstered seat ad back also available. The cantilever base comes in black, white or chrome and the seat comes in white or black. Ideal for study spaces, meeting rooms and conference rooms, the Sputnik chair is ideal for high volume use.

Constructed with an engineered solid laminate top and distinctive solid wooden edge detail, the JB Waldo study tables provide a range of options for creating desk space. To be placed against a wall or window, the table top can be supplied with rotating socket points if required and come up to a length of 285cm, which seats 5 people. With over 100 laminate colour options, the JB-Waldo study tables are an all rounded good choice for application in study and education spaces.



Inspiration: Comcast Innovation Center, Sunnyvale, California

Vibrant tones of red coupled with grey and white monopolises the colour palette at the Comcast Innovation Centre. The training and development facility produces a range of high tech innovations for the company. A range of collaborations spaces have been created by introducing large informal meeting spaces and hubs. Furnishings offering a high level of support and acoustic properties were selected to encourage the use of spaces for private working and training.


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Create striking semi-private seating with the 44 swivel arm chair. The painted swivel base is supplied with a self returning mechanism so it faces forward when not in use. The wide seat and high back together with flexible back support and carefully selected foam grades makes for a comfortable seat. The chair makes for a great option with a wide range of upholstery colour options meaning it can be customised for brand matching.

The Layer high back chair with a swivel base is a modern seating option provide versatile style. The frame is a construction of metal covered with plywood and upholstered in fabric. Choose from either a single, or three different colour option from 60 options to create a brand matching look. The Layer chair’s distinctive high back allows users privacy when on the phone or working privately.

Create open spaces for interaction with one of our most robust ranges; the Modular Cubes range.  They offer a vast variety of options for flexible workspaces with mutual upholstery options and a wide range of colours for brand matching. This squared seating range allows either joined together or loose layout options to create a streamlined and modern look.