Despite a few exceptions, movable seating systems refer to furnishings that include moving and folding components. In auditorium and lecture hall seating, this means that gangways between rows of seat can be made narrower, as the seat and the desk are only fully folded out when occupied.
This is the case in FIGUERAS’s ‘6040 Flex GPL’, a movable seating systems consisting of sober, angular, upholstered seats with a fold-out tray desk incorporated in one of its armrests. The same manufacturer also produces ‘630 Tulipa’, a stacking chair with a folding seat, which, unlike the movable seating system mentioned earlier, can be easily set up, stored, and moved around, ensuring greater functional flexibility and adaptability of the spaces it furnishes.
Faruk Malhan’s sober ‘Äelebi’ moving seating systems for Koleksiyon features a functional, metal construction which holds the folding seats, but also a desk surface behind them, which is used by the sitters above. In addition, there is a small tray shelf for notebooks underneath the desktop, making this product especially suited to lecture halls and large conference rooms. The designer and the manufacturer also collaborated on ‘Anitta’ a movable seating system of slim, upholstered armchairs, which feature a folding seat, and can be accessorised with an externally attached tray.
Lastly, Frederik van Heereveld’s ‘Q-couch’ for Movisi defies these established typologies. Instead, it consists of slim, rounded, polypropylene sections that can be joined and dismantled as one sees fit, creating a flexible and adaptive seating system. Finally, Morten Nikolajsen’s ‘Manhattan’ movable seating system for HOWE includes a number of sculptural, upholstered modules; some plain, some with a backrest, and some with a high back; that can be joined and combined at will.