If you travel back in time and show a student from the 1950s an iPad or Twitter they'd have a tough time making sense of it; show them a classroom desk, though, and they'd see it's changed little.
Steelcase's IDEO-designed Node chair aims to change that, with a modern re-fresh of the schoolroom desk-chair combo.
Its most significant feature is the casters that allow students to pivot and swivel, following dynamic presentations, or quickly move the desks into circles or conference tables depending on the task at hand. Off-the-floor storage is provided underneath the chair, and backpacks can also be hung from the armrests for quick access to materials. And the generously-sized desk surface is meant to hold an entire laptop without any precarious cantilevering.
Steelcase and IDEO have even taken the physical receiving of the Node into account: Shipped in three pieces, the Node can be assembled in 30 seconds without tools!
Read more about the Node and the methodology behind its design here.