Comfortable and relaxing upholstered furniture’s no longer exclusive to lounges but now features in offices everywhere too. In the past, upholstered chairs and benches with backrests were limited to foyers and waiting areas, but nowadays they’re encountered in co-working spaces, areas in the middle of rooms, open-plan offices or company restaurants. Wilkhahn’s new Insit upholstered furniture range (design: Wolfgang C.R. Mezger) allows the creation of a variety of different settings with different moods, which, on the one hand, are places to withdraw to for peace and quiet and, on the other hand, encourage interaction and collaboration. What’s more, it can be used to divide spaces up into zones and improve acoustics.
Wilkhahn draws on long-standing experience in designing first-class sectional seating. Legendary examples are the 1200 waiting bench range by Friso Kramer, the 7000 range by Hans Peter Piehl or the 840 range by ProduktEntwicklung Roericht. Insit is an example of a traditional type of upholstered bench translated into a multipurpose seating range to reflect the professional requirements of today’s working environments.
The range also offers models with open ends to offer space at the front and the three-seater’s even available with a backrest that changes direction. Models with high backrests are the right solution if more privacy’s required. By contrast, benches without backrests invite people to come and sit or lie on them from both sides – for example in quiet areas or places for power napping at lunchtimes. Thanks to inline connectors and connecting panels, the modules can be combined to create whole suites that people can sit on and work from.
The bench system is also complemented by a matching table range consisting of side and dining tables with power supply modules. The table tops and the benches can also be fitted with integrated techni-stations or ones fitted underneath the seat. Therefore, Insit becomes a multipurpose seating system for co-working, eating, drinking, holding meetings or relaxing. It’s very scalable and can adapt to different settings.