Projects we love: The Benevolent Society by Futurespace

The Benevolent Society (TBS) is Australia’s first charity, established in 1813. Wanting to better connect with the community and strengthen the company culture, TBS moved its head office from Paddington to Glebe where colour abounds in the modern environment. Designed by Futurespace, these layers of colour define a variety of spaces and elicit a positive emotional response.

The new national headquarters of TBS is a light and bright environment with a rainbow-coloured palette to symbolise optimism, hope and inclusivity. The public and staff spaces centre around a large light-filled atrium, which is open and transparent to align with TBS’s culture and ethos. A timber-clad reception desk offers an inviting entry point, behind which brightly coloured furnishings sit on large, graphic areas rugs.

The atrium is a multipurpose space, used by a variety of people on a day-to-day basis as well as being reconfigured for larger group gatherings. TBS needed to versatile furniture to meet the needs of staff and clients, creating a flexible and efficient space that can be easily used for a variety of purposes. Sancal’s REW sofa and XXL armchair provide a comfortable, modular and lightweight solution and the two-tone upholstery in coral and maroon offers a warm and welcoming setting.

The REW collection is designed for versatility – REW being an acronym for Rest Eat Work. The range of seating includes chairs, sofas, and modules with the option of high or low backs and sides. The REW sofas and armchairs provide an informal setting for staff and clients to wait, relax, socialise or chat, with the enclosure of the sides offering a sense of comfort and privacy. The sofas and armchairs are upholstered in two-tone upholstery with a coral-coloured frame and maroon-coloured cushions. In colour psychology, maroon represents confidence, courage, strength and warmth, while coral (Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019) is a life-affirming and heartening colour that embraces community and oneness.

The modular approach to The Benevolent Society’s new headquarters means it can be applied across a range of sites, for the future roll out of colourful, branded environments that reflect the organisation’s identity, vision and values.

For more information about the REW collection, drop by the KE-ZU showroom at Alexandria or view the products online.

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