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MARSILLA SEATING



MARSILLA SEATING
Auditorium Seating | France | 2007

Category: Design
Space: Small, New-build
Status: Built


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We designed this range of flexible seating for the Silo Auditorium project in Marseille. The principal structure is in recyclable aluminium sheet which is folded to acheive rigidity. There are three versions: an individual seat which can be repositioned in the stalls, a fixed continous row and a high bench for the side balconies. A custom-made extruded aluminium grip caps the backrest plate, allowing the hand to slide along the rail,  providing some sense of security when walking along the rows in the steeper balconies. The seat is designed to give the comfort of a conventional opera chair, but with the toughness of appearance and finish which is appropriate to a mixed-use hall in a remarkable industrial building. Stamped, rubber-clad bent metal elbow rests link the stalls seats, allowing for numbering of the seats when a layout has been realised.