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Today’s classroom barely resembles the classroom most of us grew up with. Gone are the chalkboards and in their place are computer monitors. Manufacturers are maneuvering to design the best solutions for the modern classroom, and that often means in place of a traditional desk and chair, a chair and arm tablet with all the bells and whistles.

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1. Node
DESIGNER: Steelcase
MANUFACTURER: Steelcase
PRICE: $299

Steelcase had the student in mind when designing this mobile chair and desk pod. With a strong base in research driven design, the Node addresses how students and classrooms work and sit.

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2. Toboggan Chair
DESIGNER: Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger
MANUFACTURER: Knoll
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

This 2012 introduction from Knoll supports the active classroom where students aren’t merely sitting for hours facing the front of the class. Toboggan allows students to collaborate and move within the learning environment.

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3. Opti+ Cruzer
MANUFACTURER: Vanerum Stelter
PRICE: Inquire for pricing
W 21.5” x D 30” x H 35”

Another mobile chair/desk pod, Opti+ Cruzer allows for a modular classroom with comfortable students.

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4. Vivid
MANUFACTURER: Vanerum Stelter
PRICE: Inquire for pricing
W 56” square x H 30”

Vivid is a clever table that incorporates a puzzle of chairs and desks for a new take on temporary student seating.

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5. Harter Sling
DESIGNER: Timothy deFiebre
MANUFACTURER: Harter by izzy+
PRICE: Inquire for pricing
W 20 1⁄2”x H 29”

This simple beauty works in higher education settings where the number of chairs shouldn’t clutter the classroom.

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6. Inspire
MANUFACTURER: Allsteel
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

Ergonomics is the key to inspiration for students, according to Allsteel with this ergonomically sound tablet seat.

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7. Learn2 Strive
MANUFACTURER: KI
PRICE: Inquire for pricing
W 18” D 18” H 18.5”

KI knows education and the Learn2 series of educational seating addresses the needs of both student and designer.

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8. Webster
DESIGNER: Bang Design
MANUFACTURER: Fixtures by izzy+
PRICE: Inquire for pricing
W 27.5-33” x H 34-40” x D 27.5”

With an eye for aesthetics, Webster brings contemporary details into the tablet seat, and fresh izzy+ colors into the education palette.

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9. Opti+
MANUFACTURER: Vanerum Stelter
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

While this isn’t technically a chair and desk in one, the Oti+ operates as a unit. The elevated height allows for a more active learning experience.

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10. Us Chair Family
DESIGNER: Jeff Weber
MANUFACTURER: American Seating
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

Just one member of the extensive Us Chair Family, the tablet arm version of this versatile chair fits right in with the crowd with its straightforward lines and functionality.

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Posted March 12th, 2013 by Jean Lin


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