On-Trend Products for Today’s Libraries: 2015

Children’s play spaces, collaborative spaces and makerspaces are topping the list of priorities for our library customers this year.
In our quest to find these customers the best furniture solutions to support these trends, our design staff has uncovered a few gems.

PlayPods by Demco

Demco PlayPods are available in three styles, each one designed to create a small, personal space within a space. PlayPod modules can be used as freestanding units or integrated into Demco’s ColorScape® shelving system providing a place where a child can crawl in to sit and read or talk with a friend.

“The PlayPod House is my favorite space. I like the way the product speaks to an archetype without being overly literal. I also like the pitched roof and how that can create a diagonal landscape above the typical flat line of canopy tops that are in many libraries today.”

Crest by Encore

Designed by Q DESIGN, the Crest Lounge is a forward-thinking lounge chair that stimulates the body with continuous movement. Crest features a rocker base design and a generously proportioned seat and back for exceptional comfort.

“I love the playfulness of this piece, that way it takes a very traditional and neglected furniture type — the rocking chair — and revisits it in a contemporary way. It very has simple lines and doesn’t try to over achieve as a product, but rather allows for its combination of minimalist styling and functional heritage to create an intriguing new product that is very relevant to the ergonomic and aesthetic trends of today.”

Moto Lounge by JSI

Moto is a modular lounge series that offers a variety of components that support collaborative work environments.

“The addition of the Moto lounge line was pretty exciting to see at NeoCon this year. The Moto has a clean and simplistic style, but also great complexity in the many components and configurations available. The universality and good price point Moto has will fit many customers’ needs and I look forward to using Moto in our design proposals.”

Vee by Allermuir

Allermuir Vee is available in two forms. The drop down arm design allows for side to side interaction, while still providing a semi-enclosed space. Given its low/high arm styling this version is available in both left and right hand configurations.

“Very often customers are looking to create spaces within spaces and Vee is a product which is capable of doing this. Vee can offer a semi-private type of lounge, providing a quiet area to sit with some seclusion, a more individualized space. The scoop in the side can also allow for interaction and further site lines. I especially liked the foot stool and pull around table at NeoCon as I was able to adjust these to suite my comfort needs.”

Brady Collection by Grand Rapids Chair

Inspired by schoolhouse furniture, the Brady collection features tables, chairs and barstools. Brady is versatile, transitional and durable. The solid wood seat and back provides the durability, perfect for high-traffic spaces. Brady also features steel sled base that can be painted for a fun and distinctive pop of color. The coordinating table comes in standard height, counter height and bar height versions, with either solid wood or laminate tops (have you tried the marker board laminate?).

“We love the Brady Series stools and chairs for their vibrant steel bases and simplistic wooden seats and backs. This is a great makerspace product due to the sturdy yet lightweight design that the Brady chairs have to offer. With the many color options that are available this is sure to be a product that will suit any space!”

Co-op by Arcadia

Designed by Q DESIGN, Co-op is all about bringing people together and inspiring one another to achieve more. A module lounge systems offers a variety of ways to create a semi-private work space ideal for collaboration. Co-op will be available Winter 2015.

“The Co-op Collection is a stunning new line that is sure to be the focal piece in any space. Co-op offers numerous options that have the ability to create a smaller collaborative work area in an otherwise large and open space. There are many different sizes, shapes, tables, seats and upholstery options that are sure to make this a fun product to work with!”

Meet the Designers

Stephen Gower
Design Supervisor at Demco

Stephen leads Demco’s Design Services team. He is an experienced furniture, product and interior designer with a background in designing educational products and impactful educational interiors. Stephen has 20 years of design experience, including 5 years of international experience at Demco Interiors UK in England.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in Furniture Design from Brunel University in High Wycombe, England. His awards include the 2017 EDspaces Classroom Design Winner, awarded for “unique spaces designed by leading architects and designers in the field and outfitted with the latest innovations that make learning spaces come to life.”

Amber Beal
Interior Designer II at Demco

Amber is well versed in educational products and interior design. She has a particular interest in designing youth spaces and loves incorporating new and innovative products to create engaging environments. She also finds it rewarding to design more efficient library and school interiors that help improve community engagement by encouraging and inviting interaction.

Amber holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin–Stout and also minored in Sustainable Design and Development. She continues to stay up to date with modern practices and in touch with the design community by being a member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and attending furniture conferences and events.

Brianna Falor
Design Associate at Demco

Brianna enjoys watching the changes that occur in a space from the initial design concept to the completion of the installation — seeing this transformation and the customers’ reaction to the new space are what gets her excited about design. She enjoys introducing customers to ideas that they may not have considered. Brianna has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture from University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and is an active member of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Away from the design studio, you can find Brianna playing and coaching volleyball, snapping some photographs while on a hike, or creating a new recipe in the kitchen.

Author

Marisa Amara

Marisa Amara

Library Consultant
Marisa works as a consultant on dozens of library space planning and furniture design projects as an associate of Kimberly Bolan and Associates. Her experience includes extensive background in product development, furniture project sales and architect and design market relationship development. This has given Marisa in-depth understanding of libraries, their spaces and the furniture needs.