The Duncan Place Leith Community Centre in Edinburgh has relied on the MASS Chair for its renovated facilities which have recently reopened to the public.
In 2014 the Duncan Place building was about to be demolished, but luckily it was not and now, thanks to a grant from the Scottish government, it has been completely remodelled and reopened. And it has also been opened at a very special moment, when the building was celebrating its centenary.
The centre has spaces that can be used as studios and offices for charitable organizations, support services and social enterprises. The facilities also offer the possibility of organizing events of all kinds such as classes or workshops focused on the arts, health, education and well-being.
Until its closure it had been a very busy and lively centre, which made one suspect that remodelling it would be a great idea. But it had to be done including a series of improvements that have been contemplated in the project: updated facilities, with access for the disabled and elevators in a low-consumption building.
MASS, a chair that integrates into the space
The Duncan Place Centre has chosen the MASS Chair for some of its spaces, a seat that, as its own creator says, "integrates into the space". Javier Cuñado, from ITEM Designworks, came up with this design for SELLEX in order to achieve a lightweight, stackable, multipurpose chair. And he got it!
The MASS Chair can be stacked up to 40 units reaching a height of 1.70 meters on the trolley. Hence, it stands out for its functionality and it is a very appropriate chair in multipurpose facilities, in which the number of seats required changes depending on the event.
The MASS Chair is available in various models. In the case of the Duncan Place Center, are 90 chairs with a black frame and a musgo green shell. In addition, another 10 chairs with arms have been placed, also in the same tones as the previous ones (black and musgo green).
The hundred seats include two trolleys to facilitate the transport of the chairs and the storage of all of them.
Duncan Place Centre manager Nicola Lamberton says they are "delighted" with the chairs as they "fit our needs perfectly". She explains they wanted a chair that was durable, easy to clean and stackable, and in the MASS Chair they found what they were looking for: functional seating with a neutral design that didn't break the static of a historic building like the Duncan Place Centre. In this sense, MASS manages to be in harmony with the installation without stealing the limelight it deserves.