When reinventing the traditional classroom chair, Steelcase didn’t go back to the drawing board. They went back to school and found classrooms that were static, allowing only for passive, one-way learning. The node chair is mobile and flexible. It’s designed for quick, easy transitions between one mode to the next. With node, a classroom can flex from a lecture-based mode to a team-based mode, and back again, without interruption.
The node chair is highly mobile—a quality that translates directly into classroom performance. A lesson plan can be carried out more effectively when seating is arranged and rearranged effortlessly. Traditional classroom seating has limited mobility, putting the burden on educators to adapt. The node chair, however, accommodates any teaching style. The swivel seat is another design advantage. It gives students the freedom to shift focus throughout the room. And, because the personal worksurface swivels in tandem, books, laptops, and other information remain at their fingertips. It’s subtle, but clear sightlines to the instructor, fellow students, and whiteboards can dramatically enhance interaction.
Until now, there’s been very little thought given to where, or how, students are to stow their backpacks and other personal items. The base of the node chair provides a unique storage solution for backpacks and student belongings that usually clutter the aisles. This allows quicker and easier transitions between teaching modes.
Even the arms on node serve a storage purpose. Aside from being a place to rest your elbows, they are designed to hold a backpack or bag, keeping personal items safe, secure, and close at hand.
No two students are alike. With that in mind, the node chair has been designed with an adjustable worksurface, providing a perfect fit for students of all shapes and sizes. The node chair’s worksurface accommodates both left- and right-handed students. And, unlike traditional classroom seating, the node worksurface has room for laptops, mobile devices, textbooks, water bottles… whatever students bring to class.