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Increasingly churches are replacing their traditional seating to create more flexible, multifunctional spaces in their churches. Recognising this trend, the Church of England identified the need for a different approach to its seating.
As result they hosted a chair design competition. The brief was to create a chair that woudl serve the various functional requirements of modern congregations whilst complementing typical historic church interiors.
We were keen to establish a more detailed brief so spent time researching and talking to church stakeholders. The end result is a chair that works hard to strike a balance between lightness and permanace, detailing and cost-effective construction and simplicity and functionality.
We made use of our 3D printer during the design process enabling us to explore design concepts in a more detailed method.
The chair features decorative cutouts that allow them to interlock with adjacent armrest seats. As well as providing a functional benefit, this symbolises the interconnected nature of the church community.
The chair needs to work both aesthetically and functionally. Personal space is important, so the chair is generously scaled to ensure comfort.
Discreet storage integrated within the backrest accommodates books of up to 30mm thick, as well as Order of Service sheets of A4 and A5 size. A subtly narrowed top rail allows for easy access and means the seat back can double as a hand hold for elderly or less able parishioners.