Award Winning Seating Chosen for Award Winning College

KI’s award-winning range of educational seating products has been chosen to take pride of place in one of Scotland’s largest colleges. 14,000 individual products across 400 different product lines will be used by City of Glasgow College staff and students in their Riverside Campus on the banks of the River Clyde and will be seen in their new City Campus when it opens in summer 2016. 

The Intellect Wave seating collection was selected in a refreshing colour palette of Tangelo, Grass Green, Sunburst and Warm Grey. Maestro and Torsion on the Go!  both have a reputation for functionality and durability and were chosen for use in the stunning maritime campus on the River Clyde which opened in August 2015.

Alison Mallett, National Sales Manager - Education, KI Europe comments:

“As a global leader in the manufacture of educational seating, KI’s established reputation allows institutions to select our products with confidence, knowing they are backed not only by warranties, but by years of proven performance.  We are delighted to have been chosen for City of Glasgow College’s new facilities and look forward to seeing the completion of the City campus later in the year.”


Seating was sourced by consultants MXQ Solutions to help create dynamic learning spaces for City of Glasgow College in accordance with the overall design brief. Mobility and flexibility was essential, with a wish-list including task chairs and stools, chairs with underseat storage, and chairs with, and without, tablet arms. The chairs were to be aesthetically suited to the new buildings, while also being highly robust. A proven reputation and extended product lifecycle would ensure minimal repairs and replacements for years to come.

This is why MXQ Solutions suggested KI’s award-winning range of educational seating products.  Ian Johnstone, Director, MXQ Solutions said:

“The FF&E brief for this project was to source products with a high quality aesthetic for this new learning environment. KI’s educational seating provided the ideal blend of practicality and longevity with a fresh modern colour range perfect in realising the College vision”

Tested at a temporary teaching block at the College’s City Campus, KI’s chairs were deemed to be comfortable, and featured superior functionality - particularly with the innovative tablet arm on the Learn2 chair. The Intellect Wave’s 15 year warranty was also a reassurance of the chair’s durability, a major priority in the selection process.

Other products were also selected for their functionality and comfort - the Torsion on the Go! with its foldable tablet arm quickly nests to the side of a room, instantly reconfiguring the space.  The virtually indestructible Maestro chair provided the simple, durable and stackable seating required in the ‘quiet reflection room’, first aid room and offices.

Iain Marley, City of Glasgow Project Director said:

“Phase One of our world class super college at Riverside campus represents the realisation of our vision of an inspiring and innovative working, learning and corporate environment and the FF&E is a fundamental aspect of that. The seating selection was by reference to aesthetic, durability and sustainability criteria and we are delighted that the products rated very highly on each of these.”

With an FF&E budget of around £3.5m for the Riverside Campus, the product lines were selected through a dialogue between the College, the College’s development partner, Glasgow Learning Quarter (GLQ) and consultants, MXQ Solutions Ltd.

About Intellect Wave seating:

Engineered to withstand tough classroom use, Intellect Wave exceeds industry standards for durability. Designed by Shawn Barrett, the lightweight, textured poly shell resists scratching, fading, chipping and denting. Hard plastic or laminate tablets provide the most durable worksurface. Available in stackable reverse cantilever or four-leg chairs with optional tablet arms and under-seat wire baskets, task chairs & stools, and the innovative Learn2.  The result is classroom furniture that gives years of low-maintenance service, backed by KI's 15-year warranty.

About Maestro seating:

Lightweight, comfortable and virtually indestructible, Maestro chairs are covered by a 10 year warranty. Stackable to 38 high on a transport dolly, they are frequently specified for large halls and assembly areas. The optional, removable tablet arm can be added for dynamic and space-efficient classrooms, eliminating the need for large tables. Its polypropylene seat shell is available in 20 standard colours, while the wire rod frame can be finished in chrome or a range of durable powder coatings. Upholstery options are available for the seat and backrest. 

About Torsion on the Go! seating:

Designed by Giancarlo Piretti, Torsion on the Go! is a supremely intelligent approach to the requirements of multi-purpose environments in today's educational institutions. Exceptional comfort is provided by a smooth back articulation created by a unique patented torsion spring mechanism. The optional unique oversized articulating tablet arm folds down for efficient nesting. Highly mobile and versatile, this chair was lauded with the prestigious Best of NeoCon Gold Award.

About KI Europe:

KI Europe is a local manufacturer of high quality furniture for workplaces and educational institutions. Bringing together good design, advanced engineering and sustainable resources, KI’s products are durable, flexible and offer excellent value. KI Europe is headquartered in London and is part of one of the world's largest independent furniture manufacturing groups, KI (Krueger International, Inc.).

Please visit the KI Europe website at or telephone 020 7404 7441 for more information.

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