Understanding study habits is crucial to academic furniture design. As we’ve mentioned before, a good architect or interior designer is a researcher first, watching her subjects as they move, live or study in their natural environment and then designing the spaces and furniture that accommodates the subjects’ behaviors and habits.
Let’s take a look at some of the different furniture and seating areas we’ve designed as a result of watching students and life-learners in their natural habitats.
- The solo studier. For many, studying is an individual endeavor, requiring a comfortable chair, good lighting, a table and a foot rest.
- The social studiers. There are those who prefer studying in groups. These social studiers use the collective to discuss and explain ideas in order to reinforce new material, so they need seating areas that accommodate that.
- Ambient noise studiers. Do you like to study with the television or some other source of ambient noise or stimulation in the background? At home, work or the library, rooms that accommodate multi-media options may be your preferred studying location.
- Public studiers. Some people like to escape “the norm” and use anonymous public places to study. Mobile gadgets have made this option increasingly popular, making coffee shops and lobby nooks ideal locations to get away to study or work.
- The bedroom reader. Here, your bed needs to be stocked with ample pillows to prop you up, a good lamp and/or dimmable recessed lighting and a nightstand to house books, gadgets, snacks and something to drink.
As the academic season gets into full swing, it’s important to query how you and/or your students study best. What’s your favorite environment for studying? Contact Leslie Saul Architects and Interiors when you’re ready to move forward with academic furniture design that accommodates the realm of study habits.