BCFA Member, KI Furniture have featured in two new education projects and Design Insider is thrilled to be able to share with our readers. KI’s furniture helps the world’s leading organisations create happy, healthy, high performing working and learning environments for their people. Bringing together good design, advanced engineering and sustainable resources, KI’s products are durable, flexible and offer excellent value.
El Limonar International School, Murcia
El Limonar International School (ELIS) in Murcia, Spain, was first opened in 1990 and teaches children from age 3 through to 18. The curriculum follows the National Curriculum for England and Wales, as well as preparing older students for the Spanish university entrance exam, Selectividad by teaching Bachillerato Modalidad PCE subjects.
The new campus in the nearby Montevida urbanisation totals to 15,000m2 and comprises of 6 buildings; 4 for teaching, 1 for administrative purposes and 1 is a new multi-purpose examination and assembly hall. In keeping with the school’s ‘green’ philosophy, their new building utilises solar heating systems, LED lighting, through-flow ventilations systems and solar thermal protection.
As part of this project, KI’s Spanish dealer, Federico Giner, specified the Postura+ chair (which is 100% recyclable) to fit-out 20 classrooms as well as the Assembly Room, the Student Room and the Teacher’s Room, Cafeteria, Art and Music room, and the Computer room. For the cafeteria and lab rooms, Federico Giner combined the Postura+ polypropylene seat shell with their own locally manufactured wooden and metal frame designs.
The Design team at Federico Giner said, “We chose KI’s Postura+ chairs because of their robust nature, their varied colour choices, and their ergonomic design. We also used KI’s Maestro HD chairs in some of the more collaborative work areas as their lightweight design makes them easy to move if we need to reconfigure a space.”
Overall, the new building has been designed to reflect the current vision of teaching, and subsequently prepare pupils for further education, whether in Spain or abroad.
Richmond Park School, Madrid
KI furniture has once again been chosen by Spanish furniture dealer, Federico Giner, this time for Richmond Park School in Madrid.
The school offers a curriculum for 2 – 18 year olds that is based on the English National Curriculum, but has also been broadened to include subjects such as communication and thinking skills. There is also a strong focus on the arts and sports at the school and a number of facilities were created to promote culture and wellbeing. These include an indoor swimming pool, and a large multi-use hall (with backstage area).
The school’s sustainability programme also means that pupils are introduced to and educated on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
With regards to the furniture used, the overall aesthetic was developed between Federico Giner and the Richmond Park School management team. As a result, KI’s Postura+ chairs have been used throughout the Library, Art rooms, Classrooms, and the Staff room; this includes a shell of the chair that was combined with one of Federico Giner’s own frames to create a stool.
The chairs were chosen in line with the school’s ethos about providing students with the necessary tools to help them reach their potential. They meet this by providing ergonomic support as well comfort and easy manoeuvrability.
The Design team at Federico Giner said, “The Postura+ chair is the perfect addition to Richmond Park School. Its ergonomic design and its robust but light frame mean that students can learn and develop their skills in comfort.”
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