BERÓN BY EZCARAY INTERNATIONAL SEATING
Dimensions: Berón is 980mm (38.6in) tall, 650mm (25.6in) deep and
measures 540-560mm (21.3-22in) between axles.
Construction materials: The seat is made from beech wood, foam, fabric and metal.
Applications: Berón is suitable for theatres, auditoria and congress centres.
The main auditorium of Forum De Braga in Portugal was fitted with 1,454 of the
seats in 2018, complete with wooden backrest arms and boards.
Customisation: Row numbers can be included on the side of the product.
WOODY BY EZCARAY INTERNATIONAL SEATING
Dimensions: Woody is 895mm (35in) tall, 425mm (16.7in) deep and
measures 500mm (19.7in) between axles.
Construction materials: Like the Berón model, Woody features beech wood,
foam, fabric and metal.
Applications: Woody is suitable for theatres, auditoria, congress centres and training
spaces. Forum De Braga’s second auditorium was fitted with 250 Woody seats in 2018.
Standard features: The seat is optimised for small spaces.
ECLIPSE BY AUDIENCE SYSTEMS
Launched: December 2018
Dimensions: Eclipse is available with seat centres from 480-570mm (19-22in).
Construction materials: The product features an upholstered seat and back,
wooden back panel and solid timber arms.
Applications: Although it is also suitable for fixed installations, Eclipse was developed in response
to requests from theatre consultants for higher specification chairs suitable for retractable seating
platforms. Audience Systems says the seat can be combined with a retractable system with row
heights down to 260mm (10in) yet provides the appearance and comfort of a contemporary theatre seat.
Standard features: Eclipse has a high back with a curved wooden panel, and a spring-free
self-tipping design with an armrest that folds automatically.
Customisation: The seat’s geometry can be varied to optimise sightlines at different heights
above the stage. There are also a wide range of fabric and finish options.
In 2017, Audience Systems’ parent
company, Kotobuki Seating, launched a new
handhold design for auditorium seats.
“With an aging population in Japan, theatres were
experiencing an increased number of accidents in
stairways,” says Mei Michibata of Kotobuki Seating’s PR
department. “However, theatre managers were reluctant to
fill their auditoria with rails that could spoil the view, would be
expensive and time-consuming to install, and interfere with
ingress and egress. In response, Kotobuki developed these
unobtrusive chair-mounted handholds, which can be fitted
to most chairs in their product range.”
For the venue pictured, Kotobuki Seating carefully
researched where to position the handholds
so that people would reach out
for them naturally.
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