Information terminals are often found in lobbies, receptions, waiting rooms, and are sometimes temporarily used during conferences and seminars. As such, they often have a representative function where high-quality of design is of great importance.
Klaas Arnout designed a comprehensive range of sleek aluminium frames for touchscreen tables that double as information terminals for Basalte. These come in variations such as ‘Eve brushed aluminium rounded’, ‘Eve satin white square’ or ‘Eve brushed black rounded’. IDEO-designed ‘RoomWizard II’ by steelcase is an interactive information terminal system meant to form a network of connected touchscreen tablets, that double as a room scheduling and control system.
Some information terminals are mounted on tabletops. For example, Ralf Kücher’s ‘Flexis 170 table’ for ELEMENT ONE is an elegant design comprising a touchscreen and a sleek, strip metal stand. The same collaboration also produced ‘Convers 170’, in which an information terminal screen is integrated inside a tabletop, and can rise up whenever needed, or ‘Rotaris rotary disc’ comprises an in-built, rotating hatch, allowing increased manoeuvrability.
Freestanding information terminals are another well represented sub-group. ARTHUR HOLM’s ‘Kiosk’ is a pared down, gestural stand with an integrated touchscreen, or the more sinuous ‘Impact floor stand’, designed by Christian Nygaard for GrapeDesign. Sedus Stoll’s ‘monitor caddy’ is a castor-mounted information terminal, that can hold a large digital screen and incorporates power and data outlets within its rectangular base.
Lastly, Ralf Kücher once again designed an information terminal for ELEMENT ONE, in which a screen with a protective glass cover is inserted in a freestanding panel. Depending on the pattern printed on the cover, the product is called either ‘Glas Wood’, ‘Glas Zip’ or ‘Glas Blue’.