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The PRO chair series from Flötotto: designed for schools, suitable for anywhere

The PRO chair series from Flötotto. (photo: Flötotto)
The PRO chair series from Flötotto. (photo: Flötotto)

Eight months after its launch at the imm cologne 2012, the Flötotto chair series PRO is being extended to include a four-prong aluminium pedestal base and a bistro table. Flötotto is presenting the additions to the chair collection designed by Konstantin Grcic at Orgatec.

To this day, the Flötotto brand’s fame is closely linked with school chairs. “There’s something about Flötotto that you could call its DNA, based on the special shape of the seat shell and the resulting functionality. We wanted to reconnect with our history, but in an innovative way,” says managing director Frederik Flötotto who, together with his father and co-managing director Elmar Flötotto, began producing school furniture again in 2012 whilst simultaneously positioning PRO on the market for contract and domestic furniture. In the course of the intensive joint development process with Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, which took a good two years to complete, the original idea of “just” producing a school chair was expanded. 

“When we asked Konstantin Grcic to help us develop a new school chair, it was clear that we were aiming not just to satisfy extremely high ergonomic and functional standards, but to combine them with contemporary design and quality materials as well,” explains Frederik Flötotto. The development was very much influenced by the latest findings on what requirements school furniture should satisfy – for some years now, one of the main recommendations in the relevant scientific studies has been that sitting should be made a more dynamic “activity” than in the past.

The result is a totally “open” chair that doesn’t just allow its user to move in all directions but actively encourages him to do so. This gave rise to a remarkably comfortable seat that soon suggested other areas of application besides schools. Elmar Flötotto: “We put our hearts and souls into this project –commercial considerations certainly weren’t uppermost. This new chair represents a genuine improvement. The details provide solutions that experts have been calling for for years, without turning the chair into a sitting machine.”

At the Orgatec you will find Flötotto in hall 10.2, booth Q 038 / R039.

An interview with the makers of PRO about the development of the chair series you will find at www.purevillage.net.