Writing boards immediately conjure up images of classrooms, and despite the rise of computers and interactive learning, they are still going strong.
There is of course the classic chalk board, such as the ‘Z730 Chalkboard “Zénit” in enamelled steel’ by Planning Sisplamo, a large, green, magnetic writing board set in an elegant aluminium frame. A white board version, suitable for markers, is also available. Christian Halleröd’s ‘M System’ for Lintex is a glass-enamel, wall-mounted writing board with colourful sliding covers. Enzo Mari’s ‘Memo’ for Magis is specially suited for younger children, as it is supplied with colourful magnets.
Mia Wahlstein’s and Josef Zetterman’s ‘Enjoy rack cabinet’, another wall-mounted writing board, wraps a wooden cabinet and shelf around the writing surface, which can be used to store supplies and a central processing unit (CPU). Eelco Voogd ‘Sketchalot’ is a large, wall-leaning, magnetic panel that can be moved to wherever it is needed. Both designs are manufactured by Abstracta.
Hans Henning Jensen’s ‘Chat-board Mobile’ for CHAT-BOARD is a glass writing board mounted on a steel, castor base. It can be supplied as a wide model, suitable for a classroom, or as a narrow model, an accessory for smaller study groups. Lennart Notman and Lasse Pettersson’s ‘Slope SLVW 121’ for Karl Andersson is a tall, wall-mounted magazine display shelf, with a white, writing surface as its back panel.
Digital developments have reached the classroom with the interactive ‘NiCE Wall’ by Bene, a system of projectors that can be used for presentations and instructions, and allow audience interaction through digital tablets, but can also be combined with traditional projection screens and writing boards, in order to incorporate the use of analogue media.