Product Index : Seating

A. Working Chairs:
1. Executive:
a. Ergonomic
b. Traditional
c. Conference
2. Adjustable Computer
3. Basic Clerical
4. Work Stools
5. Alternative
B. Guest / Lounge Seating:
1. Sofas
2. Side Chairs
3. Benches
4. Juvenile

C. Commercial Seating:
1. Restaurant / Cafeteria
2. Hospitality:
3. Stacking / Folding
4. Tandem / Ganged
D. Specialty Seating:
1. Education
a. K-12 Classroom
b. Training / Classroom
c. Library
2. Healthcare / Nursing Home
3. Industrial
4. Auditorium / Stadium
5. Public / Site
6. Transportation

Seating Defined
A. Working Chairs: Seating designed for a variety of specific tasks.
1. Executive: General category of chairs that are designed for the multiple tasks required of executives and managers including: computing, telephone, writing, conference and thought.
a. Ergonomic: Specifically applies to chairs that have built in dynamic and/or adjustable ergonomic features including: Quick and easy seat height adjustment, back support through a variety of motions and positions from forward-tilt to semi-reclining, Arm support. Typically available in a richer selection of finishes and fabrics/leathers.
b. Traditional: Generally larger (taller and wider) than other office chairs with heavier upholstery and general support that is not always adjustable. Usually associated with period styles (ie. 18th century, Transitional, Contemporary, etc.) these chairs usually offer a rich selection of finishes and fabrics/leathers.
c. Conference: Generally available with less adjubility, but with an equally broad range of finishes and fabrics/leathers as executive seating.

2. Adjustable Computer: Specifically designed for the tasks involved in operating computers. Chairs offer a high degree of adjustability as well as dynamic support. Upholstery is generally firmer than ergonomic executive chairs and finishes and fabrics/leathers more limited.

3. Basic Clerical: Task seating with basic adjustability, usually limited to mobility (casters), seat height and back height/angle. Arms, if available, are usually optional.

4. Work Stools: Available with or without back and/or arms and with features ranging from basic clerical to fully adjustable.

5. Alternative: Includes other forms of body support mechanisms such as kneeling chairs, that have task work applications.

B. Guest and Lounge Seating: Seating similar to "living room furniture," but built with certain commercial factors in mind such as flammability regulations, durability, seating comfort (generally firmer and higher seating platform than residential). Suitability for use is the major factor in determining selection criteria and manufacturers generally specialize in market areas such as: General office, Institutional, Healthcare and Hospitality.
1. Sofas: Seating for two or more (designated as 2-seat, 3-seat, etc.) and generally with upholstered seat and back surfaces. They may be monolithic or sectional and should be selected in a scale to meet the room's requirements.

2. Side Chairs: Used for guest seating, side chairs come with or without arms and are designed to coordinate with sofas in recetion and lounge areas or with executive seating in the office. Chairs with legs are intended for a fixed postion. Pull-up chairs, meant to allow the user to move their seat location, generally are on a sled base or casters.

3. Benches: Usually without a back or with a low back and/or low arms, benches provide temporary seating in lobbies and areas where waiting time is minimal. They offer a convenient place to set down a purse or briefcase and generally, the seating height is tall enough to allow someone to easily rise. They are also useful to provide special seating for large individuals or for parents with small children. A bench's shallow depth makes it an excellent choice for tight spaces.

4. Juvenile: Scaled for children, juvenile seating is usually found in medical and educational applications where children have to be accommodated for extended periods of time.

C. Commercial Seating: Chairs and benches usually designed for very specific purposes but which are generally applicable in a variety of seating functions.
1. Restaurant and Cafeteria Chairs: Sturdy chairs designed to maximize seating density and provide appropriate comfort for dining; with selection often determined based on reducing the amount of time people linger after eating. This class of seating includes banquettes and booths, counter and bar stools as well as fixed chair and table combinations.

2. Hospitality Seating: Though often very similar in appearance to residential seating, hotels, resorts and reception areas often require products that, while providing the comfort, ambience and elegance of the finest home fashions, are much more durable and easy to maintain.

3. Stacking and Folding Chairs: Convention venues, banquet facilities, religious and educational institutions as well as corporate and government environments all use temporary seating. Stacking and folding chairs fill this requirement in anumber of ways. There are, of course, ubiquitous folding metal chairs and the incredibly popular molded stacking chair that many believe to be the most common furniture element seen in use at every economic level on every continent. But these chairs can be elevated - with the use of exotic materials, fine finishes and exceptional design - if not to the level of art then at least to high style.

4. Tandem or Ganged Sseating: There are many situations where fixed seating arrangements are the ideal solution for large numbers of people. In transportation and healthcare waiting areas, it is necessary to provide seating that provides boundaries for persdonal space yet may be arranged - permanently - into high density areas. Tandem seating - with individual chair seats mounted on a fixed framework or ganged seating - with a connecting device - provide the answer.

D. Specialty Seating: For specific applications where it is possible to select products with a clear understanding of their function in general use - the choice of materials, construction, dimensions and design characteristics are the determining factors. Certainly chairs for 10-year-old elementary school students are nothing like those intended for an elder-care institution. The ideal stool to operate a drill press in a factory is not the ideal seat at a bar. And, the most beautiful and comfortable bench in a park setting would be out of place and uncomfortable in a movie theater.
We have divided our seating index into the most common of these applications:
1. Education: Seating for educational facilities is evolving as we learn more about the affects of movement and stasis on cognition. In addition, the damaging effects of repetitive motion is increasing as a result of computer use.
a. K-12 Classrooms: The importance of ergonomically correct seating for children in learning environments is growing along with the number of choices available.
a. Adult Training, College Classrooms: Increased computer use and ergonomic concerns have changed adult training environments. Since training is now commonly a continuing part of our working careers, there is an expansion of available specialized seating resources.
b. Libraries and Museums: Video and computer technology are changing the envionmental requirements. Seating alternatives are necessary to accommodate these changes.

2. Healthcare and Nursing Home: Specialized designs, construction and materials.
a. Adjustability and anti-microbial features for medical facilities
b. Ergonomic support for surgical and dental procedures
c. Geriatric seating designed for our aging population.

3. Industrial: Manufacturing applications - ergonomic support for repetitive motion and critical assembly operations.

4. Auditorium, Theater and Stadium: Seating for public venues meeting durability, high density and comfort requirements.

5. Public and Site Seating: Landscape elements and seating for public spaces.

6. Transportation:

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