Masseys University’s commitment to being a world-leader in learning and research, recently resulted in a revitalisation of learning spaces throughout their libraries.
Linda Palmer, University Librarian, had invested time keeping abreast of global education trends and measuring them against the particular needs and preferences of her own students. Responding to Linda’s brief, Paul White, Director of Design at Instinct Furniture, developed furniture solutions for a variety of spaces.
In the Palmerston North campus library, the spaces surrounding the busy cafeteria were fitted out with a selection of different sized tables and benches, individual soft seating and private booths.
Around the corner in a quiet area wing back chairs, some with footrests, were deployed with laptop tables. The chairs ‘pepper’ the space, and their swivel bases and high-back, winged profiles allow students to swivel to engage with others or swing away to achieve seclusion.
In a quiet study area, ultra-modern Socrates FOCUS Study Stations with frosted acrylic cowlings replaced traditional study carrels. The Study Stations were fitted with desktop power and USB outlets to ensure a technology rich space. MEMPHIS Single Booths with SPARROW Tables complete the space providing an inviting study alternative.
At Massey University’s Wellington campus library, a quiet mezzanine was fitted out with MEMPHIS Booths teamed with T7 RECTANGULAR Tables, along with Socrates FOCUS Study Stations and PUNCH Chairs.
Complementing the MEMPHIS Booth seating clusters, T7 RECTANGULAR Soft Form Tables offer extra depth for opposing laptop users and maximum unencumbered leg room.
A total of fifty Socrates FOCUS Study Stations were deployed over the two campuses, providing flexibility of arrangement to suit the individual space.
These new revitalised learning spaces offer students an inviting and flexible range of furniture — a reflection on Massey University’s reputation for excellence and world-class learning in a caring environment.
“Our students love the refreshed learning spaces and especially the range of choices. Balancing the needs of group work and those who need a place for individual silent study can be challenging, however the new furniture supports these effortlessly. Replacing small old-fashioned study carrels with the beautiful modern version has been particularly successful and we appreciate Instinct Furniture partnering with us to develop this design.”
Linda Palmer, University Librarian, Massey University.