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Research-Based Waiting Area Furniture

Portico Collection
Manufactured by IOA Furniture

The team applied waiting-area research findings to design the Portico collection of seating and tables for public waiting areas. The collection is beautiful and comfortable and features a versatile design for use in healthcare, hospitality and corporate environments.

Emotions influence how people respond to their near environments. A Northwestern University survey found that interior settings with curvilinear lines elicit more pleasant emotions such as relaxation. Another finding was that behavior patterns in hospital waiting rooms were consistent with those found in other public areas such as libraries and cafeterias. 

A Duke University Medical Center study confirmed that visitors tend to wait in small groups of up to three people and that visitor groups prefer to sit alone. This research also showed that chairs are wasted as spatial barriers and that people prefer corner arrangements for conversing. 

The IOA Portico collection provides seating options and tables for intimate groupings. Larger curved arrangements that create distance and barriers can be turned away from each other to accommodate individuals who prefer to sit alone. A variety of arrangements allow a space to flex as social patterns change in waiting or group areas.

Each piece of the Portico collection meets the Healthy Interiors goals of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s Safer Chemicals Challenge.

Find out more on IOA’s website.