National’s Collette Collection Gives Designers a Workable Suite of Seating Options

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National Furniture’s new Collette Lounge Seating addresses the demand for versatile, resimercial furniture that can be used in contract, education, healthcare, and corporate spaces.

Ready for its close up – the detailing on Collette is subtle and elegant

How will the product impact workplace design?

The increasing emphasis on ancillary furniture options has provided manufacturers to up the ante on their offerings for casual seating that works in the office environments of today. National’s recent introduction of the Collette collection gives designers a workable suite of seating options to play with. This product line offers an innovative solution that melds comfort and durability. The Collette collection of lounge furniture addresses today’s evolving spaces by blending the warmth of home into the workplace. Featuring plush pillows, a relaxed sit, and a classic frame style, Collette’s components can be easily rearranged, providing flexibility to accommodate a variety of environments and configurations. Not only does Collette offer comfort and a contract solution for bringing home-like relaxation and luxury into the workplace, it has the durability of commercial furniture.

Available as a one, two, or three seat lounge, corner options, tables, and ottomans, Collette can be used to outfit grand or modest spaces. Utilize its versatility to create a leisurely space that exudes effortless sophistication. Collette delivers comfortable lounge spaces that encourage interaction and collaboration or cozy nooks for individual respite.

Collette’s options are comprehensive and meets a variety of seating arrangements to promote collaboration in a more casual setting.

Does the product contribute to new ways of working?

The infusion of home and work life balance drove the development of Collette. It pairs the comfort elements and aesthetic stitching of residential furnishings with the durability and option rich modularity of commercial offerings. Collette revolutionizes how workspaces can be designed and used. By inviting the comfort of home into the workspace, we are offering a solution that has evolved from the fundamental elements of  both residential and hospitality products. Through Respitality℠ design, Collette maximizes comfort and versatility, while offering commercial durability and modularity. The lifestyle driven design of Collette humanizes the workplace, driving happiness and boosting employee satisfaction.

Who designed the product? 

The Collette collection was designed by Derek Schweikarth, Industrial Designer at National Furniture.

When was the product introduced?

We introduced the collection at NeoCon in June 2018. 

What do you think our readers will love about the product?

The Collette lounge series addresses the demand for residentially inspired furniture to be available for a wide variety of contract, education, healthcare, and corporate spaces. It’s an ingenious blend of leisure and durability and offers versatility for today’s evolving spaces. Collette blends casual comfort and commercial endurance, and its components are easily rearranged providing flexibility and modularity.

Collette pieces can be configured to meet any desired seating arrangement.

What is the expected cost of the product?

The one seat unit starts at a list price of $1,900, and the three-seat unit starts at a list price of $4,150. Pricing options can be viewed here.

Anything else notable about the product we ought to know?

Not only does Collette offer beautiful, causal comfort its integrated power and data grommets, metal and wood leg options, ganging capabilities, and contrasting fabric and stitching accents add to Collette’s design appeal.

Technology integration detail is clean and convenient.

Will you be exhibiting anytime soon? If so where and when?

You can view the Collette collection in each of our six corporate showrooms.

Learn more about National Furniture here!

All images courtesy of National Furniture.
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