The Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam is the professional institution in the Netherlands for innovative education (MBO and VMBO) in the field of media, design and technology. We were instructed by this training institute to create a central square with meeting places at their renovated main building near the Hofplein.
Initially the question was simple: whether Sprank could deliver the furniture for the meeting places. We devised a concept around this question where not so much the furniture itself, but rather its function, became the guiding principle. We tried to think the way students think. So we actually went more in a direction that didn't 100% correspond with what was asked. This of course could turn out to be good or bad. But, at Sprank, we believe that if you really support something, think that it's the best option and can explain this well, then the customer will often also see it. This happened with the Grafisch Lyceum as well -- our idea was enthusiastically received.
We made a piece of furniture that can actually be drawn on. We also supplied a lot of custom work that could be used intensively, which is generally the case at a school. And of course we didn't miss the opportunity to work with students with a graphic design background. We devised a design competition in which the students were allowed to design their own space. The results are spectacular.
A central square with meeting places that clearly shows the students' own signatures.