A fairly recent but widely accepted solution to meeting in busy and loud public spaces, is high-back seating. These towering sofas and chairs provide acoustical and visual privacy, keeping the dull roar of public space out, while keeping private conversation in.
The Alcove Highback design from the Bouroullecs for Vitra pioneered the high back sofa as a solution to create intimate settings within a public, open space. The upholstered design proved that high, absorbant sofa backs and arms work remarkably well as sound barriers and create a sense of privacy in loud, busy areas.
This beautifully tailored high back sofa from NienkÃ¤mper is aptly named Tuxedo. Clean, linear details give this piece a quiet but strong visual presence.
This year's introduction from Keilhauer allows for both privacy and comfort within a public space. The angled high back allows for lounging posture while enjoying the alcove privacy of high back and side panels.
Radius allows for ganging of its elements to create curved and circular seating arrangements for a more organic line for high back seating.
BuzziSpace brings this category to new heights with a top component that closes sound in from above. The result is the ultimate in privacy and quiet, all while staying comfortable and inviting because of the relaxed design and warm upholstery.
Coalesse's version of high back lounge seating, the Bix Lounge, achieves the privacy benefits while keeping the profile and form slimmer by using un-upholstered, wood panels as extensions of its seat back.
This list would not be complete without a classic Danish design. This one from Fredericia, designed in 1971, proves that high back sofas are timeless in comfort and function.
Haven is a modular upholstery system with sofas, stools, tables and screens. The beauty of Haven is the supporting elements that allow for a fully functional workspace within its high, soft walls.
The modularity of Mind-Share from Allsteel allows for multiple micro-environments within an open, public space. Coupled with Allsteel's Gather collection, Mind-Share becomes a part of a working whole that enables absolute mobility and adaptability.
Intima Modular from Arcadia allows for private seating in both circular and linear forms. The system is designed to create privacy while also encouraging interaction.
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