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Bene launches Pearson Lloyd-designed PORTS collection

The Austrian leader introduces three complementary product lines, which reflect the high standards and changing workstyles of modern leadership.

16/07/2020 3 min read

When Bene launched PARCS, back in 2009, it’s fair to say that the open plan office landscape was changed forever. The comprehensive, cohesive collection, designed by Pearson Lloyd, brought the ‘in’ into ‘informal’ – offering simple, effective breakout and meeting solutions, which not only broke up the formal, monotonous nature of floorplates, but also introduced a new ad hoc, collaborative and inclusive layer of working.

The nature of those ‘in between’ spaces has morphed and shifted (into something more expansive and commonplace), but what about the rest of the workplace? Has that really moved on at the same pace over the past decade and a bit?

Throughout that period, office layouts and workplace furniture have been designed to communicate status, with power dynamics and hierarchies embedded everywhere – think the corner office with its oversized desk, the formality of the boardroom, the visitor in their static chair vs the manager in their high-back swivel chair. These elements are so ubiquitous that we barely notice them – yet they often silence and exclude the voices that a business would benefit from hearing.

Bene has (understandably) turned to the talents of Pearson Lloyd once again, with the recent launch of PORTS – a collection of executive furniture designed to empower new styles of leadership, redefining the office as an infinitely configurable place of openness, communication and collaboration, where everyone has a voice.

Comprising adaptable seating, electronically adjustable tables and a flexible storage and collaborative partitioning system, PORTS is a forward-thinking modular, flexible furniture system, which caters for all requirements; product portfolio creates multifunctional space situations which reflect all forms of working, that grow together with the requirements and are flexibly adaptable.

The three complementary product lines reflect the high standards of modern-day leadership, enabling not only people but also ideas and work processes to come together.

The PORTS Task Lounge is a combination of a lounge chair, a practical rotating table and a panel – a workstation that unites comfort with functionality. With its unique seat tilt adjustment, the lounge chair allows for seamless transitions between a laid-back, passive and an upright, active sitting position.

The seat can be tilted forward thanks to integrated seat tilt adjustment, thereby promoting an active, upright sitting position. In its starting position, the table simply provides the user with a surface for personal items, but it can also be rotated effortlessly towards the lounge chair for writing or when working on a notebook or tablet.

Together, the PORTS Sofa and PORTS Lounge Chairs, meanwhile, have been developed to create comfortable seating ensembles. A dynamic working world comprises not only formal meeting rooms but also zones for informal dialogue and retreat. When increased activity is the order of the day, the PORTS Active Chair makes an impression with its integrated height and seat tilt adjustment. The PORTS Task Lounge comprises a panel, a rotating table and the PORTS Active Chair. The PORTS Sofa is an open invitation for users to make themselves comfortable. The PORTS Lounge Chair, with its static four-legged frame, cuts a figure on its own, as well as perfectly complementing the sofa.

The four-legged frame and swivel base are made of black powder-coated steel and the seat and headrest are available with fabric or leather upholstery.

Oh, and we really like the PORTS Power Tray!

PORTS is an impressive collection – but don’t just take our word for it! PORTS is already an award-winning collection, picking up the iF Gold Award 2020 and ‘Best of Best’ Red Dot Design Award.

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