University of Oxford


KI’s Strive seating selected for Norman Foster-designed building at University of Oxford

Location Oxford, OX1
Project partners TOP-TEC 
Project type Refurbishment
Website University of Oxford

The brief

As a world leader in research across the social science disciplines, the facilities provided play an important role in the student experience and their learning outcomes. Working with TOP-TEC, the University has refurbished the IT Room located on the 2nd floor, reconfiguring it to support bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and no longer has individual IT equipment provided in the room. Rows of 3-seat power supply benches are arranged facing the front. This allows the room to be utilised for presentations and seminars if required, for which lecterns, height adjustable desks, screens and projectors are provided.

Our solution

- Strive task chairs
- Learn2 with Strive seat shells


Chosen for their simple, yet elegant design, these chairs were specified with a black base and warm grey poly shell to complement the room’s calm, clean and focussed feel. In addition to these Strive task chairs, matching Learn2 chairs with Strive seat shells were also selected to provide students or presenters with additional, more flexible and collaborative seating. Learn2’s ambidextrous, large, swivelling tablet arm also accommodates different writing styles and better collaborative working. Its underseat storage allows the user to keep their bags and materials close to hand and off the ground, reducing clutter and trip hazards. All chairs have been enhanced for extra comfort with upholstered seat pads. 


What our partner said:

"The University’s brief for this space was to be collaborative, interactive, flexible and comfortable. KI’s Strive seating complemented these requirements perfectly - very comfortable and robust, the chairs were also selected for their 15-year warranty." Simon Ferguson, Sales Director at TOP-TEC 

What our client said:
"The Learn2 chairs give the space an added element of reconfigurability. The chair’s clever design adds excellent functionality with its storage rack and generous tablet arm, and being able to specify them with matching Strive seats allowed us to maintain a consistent aesthetic throughout." Oto Velicka, project manager and deputy senior facilities manager at University of Oxford

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