Arper’s Cila Go is a Flexible Option for Today’s Agile Workplace

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Elise Shapiro
Elise Shapiro
Elise Shapiro is a contributing editor. Little did she know that her first job, in the facilities department at Ralston Purina, while obtaining her M. Arch at Washington University, in St. Louis would foreshadow where her career would lead. She has always been a strong advocate for providing the best possible spaces for people to work – where aesthetics meet function and drive business success.

Arper’s Cila Go chair can be easily rearranged and accommodate quick layout changes in high-traffic and communal areas. Make sure to check it out in person at NeoCon this June! 

Cila Go can be configured for multiple, flexible settings

As new work places are being geared for today’s new workers and recent graduates, it has been observed that designers can take cues from successful learning environments, to provide the right kind of spaces for work. In today’s office, where collaboration and heads down space need to co-exist, the furniture solutions are a key ingredient to make that happen both aesthetically, and functionally.

Designed by Barcelona studio Lievore Altherr, Cila Go is a task chair not only suitable for office environments but also anywhere meeting, learning, and training is required. The chair can be easily rearranged and accommodate quick layout changes in high-traffic and communal areas.

As always WDM wants to know more! We were able to ask designer Jeanette Aletherr about the concept(s) behind the design.

Jeanette Aletherr – Image courtesy of Lievore Aletherr

What was the inspiration for this design of this product?

We have seen the way we work change dramatically in recent years. The workplace of tomorrow will be characterized by how we educate ourselves in the face of these changes, and by our adaptability. Lifelong learning will become the new norm in educational and workplace environments alike. Cila Go offers a flexible solution, designed to humanize the workplace through creative communication and collaboration. And, collaboration is about teamwork — the collective genius of a group that’s more than the sum of its parts.

What innovations in use of materials or fabrication are utilized in the manufacture of this product?

Learning environments are designed to inspire. Cila Go proposes new aesthetic possibilities for the Learning Sector while providing all the functionality necessary for this specific context — mobility for group collaboration, quiet space for independent work, accessories for technology-enabled learning for the ever-expanding notion of the classroom. 

Cila Go transitions easily from learning to work environments.

Where do you think the installation of this product will be most effective?

The more complex the world becomes, the more creative we need to be to meet its challenges — in both the workplace, and in education. We need to create spaces that support and inspire creativity and reflect the current and future work modalities.

Cila Go offers expanded possibilities for seating and includes a stool, a chair and an armchair designed for learning and training contexts and contract uses. The Cila Go base with a seat pad serves as a stool with castors. Compact yet supremely functional, it offers storage options for books, briefcases or backpacks, tablets, computers, and supplies.

The multi-base base extends seating configurations from modular work environment to the responsive classroom. The combination of Cila Go base with Cila chair shells, with or without armrests, becomes a flexible workstation designed specifically for the Learning Sector.

The storage base can be used on its own adding flexibility to the product.

Wheels on the base create ease in forming flexible seating configurations in classrooms—from bigger group arrangements in rows or circles, small group pod learning, or individual space. A desktop with swing arm accommodates laptops, tablets, books, or notebooks; sized 50×33.5 cm, (19 11/16 “ x 12 3/16”) is available in black or white.

Cila Go will be available summer 2019. Pricing is available upon request.

Learn more about Arper:

See us at NeoCon on June 10–12, 2019 in Chicago

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