Three soft complimenting colours – Flame, Sea Mist and Olive – were selected from a range of ten by Eden’s team, who welcome around 50,000 school visitors a year. They were looking for furniture that would be easy to clean, vibrant and lightweight, given that the chairs are shared between four classrooms, and are being moved around on a daily basis. The interior of the core building, Eden’s education centre, is a perfect backdrop to the modern sleek Hille SE Curve chairs.
The SE Curve chairs, being manufactured in Hille’s South Wales factory from pure polypropylene and steel, means they can be fully recycled at the end of their 25+ year life, with the polypropylene being used to make new chairs which can go through this cycle indefinitely and, of course, fitting in very well with the Eden Project philosophy.
Comfort for the visitors is assured, as the Hille SE Curve was designed by Richard Snell and David Rowe, in conjunction with Birmingham City University, in line with their acti-posture theory. This ensures the best possible back support in various sitting positions on the chair, the aim being to give the same high degree of comfort eight hours in to sitting on the chair, as was achieved in the first ten minutes, increasing long term concentration levels.
“We are really happy with our Hille SE chairs. They’re a winning combination of lightweight and robust – essential as we welcome 50,000 school visitors to the Eden Project each year. Their sustainability features are a great fit with our ethos.” – Sam Kendall, Education Manager, Eden Project.