Sadie II Chair in higher education interior design

Our Top 10 Higher Ed Products

by Andrea Reynolds

From informal ancillary spaces to gigantic cafeterias to cozy student housing, we rounded up 10 of our best-selling, most durable, stylish, and favorite higher education furniture.  

1. Sadie II Chair

Sadie II by Grand Rapids Chair in higher education furnitureSadie II shown in our Traffic Red powder coat finish and Parchment wood stain. Image via Beauty Shoppe

Our Sadie Collection has been around since 2015, but there are endless ways to recreate this chair thanks its mixed materials. Go bold with a bright, powder coated steel frame or monochromatic for a sleeker look (we suggest all black or a single color for the steel and wood). No matter how you spec it, the Sadie II is a fresh take on higher education seating.

Starting List Price: $338

2. Dylan Communal Table

Dylan_EPCo-offices-greenville-gensler-13-700x467The Dylan Table with Reece Barstools. 

Looking for a striking solid wood table without breaking the bank? Look no further than our Dylan communal table. The Dylan communal marries functionality with style, providing handy USB and electrical ports and a striking Parsons-style aesthetic.  Dylan comes in multiple lengths and heights and can even be made using Walnut, White Oak, Hickory, Maple, mixed woods, or laminate. Bonus: a steel mitered bracket that offers a subtle yet surprising pop of color.

Starting List Price: $4136

3. Harper Lounge

Foyer and Beauty ShoppeThe Harper lounge in  the Beauty Shoppe cafe. Image via Beauty Shoppe.

If there was one word to describe the Harper lounge is would be "chic versatility."  Okay, that’s a phrase, but we love Harper lounge for colleges and universities alike because of its chameleon-like style. This modern lounge features a sleek, steel x-base and a comfortable shell that can bear a full, partial, or no upholstery treatment.

Starting List Price: $595

4. Hurdle Barstool

Best Higher Ed Furniture Hurdle BarstoolThe Hurdle barstool in Australian cafe.

The plain ol' backless barstool gets an update with the help of Australian design. The Hurdle barstool features playful lines and modern materials like a White Oak seat. This easy-to-maneuver barstool offers a playful yet sophisticated take on a dining room staple.

Starting List Price: $394

5. Brady Barstool

Brady Barstool higher education designThe Brady barstool in a university cafeteria.

One of our most popular collections to date, the Brady barstool is your go-to barstool for modern, versatile design. The solid wood seat and back offer a comfortable perch for quick meals or group discussions. We suggest finishing the powder coating steel in a coordinating university color for an extra dose of school spirit. To find your powder coat-approved school school, check out our Color Finder Program.

Starting List Price: $445

6. Brady Pedestal Table

BRADY_Tables_VansHQ_InkBlack_Honey_lowresThe Brady pedestal table at Van's HQ. 

Let’s get something squared away: tables in colleges and universities need to be incredibly durable. It also helps if they’re  stylish, too. For that problem, we offer the Brady pedestal table. The Brady pedestal table uses a square tube column and plate and the wide variety of top shapes and sizes makes it the perfect choice for cafeterias.

Starting List Price: $504

7. Sherman Chair

Sherman and Hurdle and Frankie TableThe Sherman chair and Half Hurdle chair from Lookbook Vol. 4

It’s hard to pin down exactly what we love about the new Sherman collection. It’s affordable, it’s lightweight, and it stacks. But if we had to pick one, it would be the seamless, slatted wood back that hides the fasteners, giving the chair a completely finished feel. Like our other mixed material collections, we suggest playing with color on the steel frame.

Starting List Price: $321

8. Roy Occasional Table

CSU9438The Roy occasional table in Colorado State University dorm.

We love simple, straightforward products, and that’s exactly what you get with the Roy occasional table. The tops can be finished in wood, laminate, or solid surface while the steel, square frame can be powder coated in any of our standard metal colors or colors from our Color Finder program.

Starting List Price: $757

9. Andy Lounge

Andy Lounge in higher ed interior design UPennAndy lounges in university lounge. 

There’s something so timeless yet modern about the Andy lounge. Its gentle recline, ample cushion, and striking angular profile are a nod to mid-century design without being kitch. If it were up to us, we’d place Andy in anything ancillary space that needs some instant style.

Starting List Price: $1124

10. Harper 4-Leg Barstool

Harper Barstool 4 LegThe Harper 4-leg barstool in Limitless Coffee.

Last but not least, we have the minimal and modern Harper 4-leg barstool. Like its lounge counterpart, the Harper 4-leg barstool can be dressed up (or down) with upholstery. A slightly smaller scale makes this barstool perfect for dormitories or other tight quarters.

Starting List Price: $487

Along with affordable price points and modern designs, all of our products are tested to BIFMA-standards and offer five to 10 year warranties. Fore more higher ed inspiration, check out these past higher education projects.

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