The importance of a well-thought lounge – according to designer Alain Gilles

How should a lounge look like?

“For me, a lounge space is an area in a company or hotel building where you will only spend a fraction of your day. I tend to compare it to that moment of the day when you take a break and have a coffee. It has to be an experience that recharges you and makes you feel good for the rest of the day. When I design a lounge, I want to create a relaxing experience that has a different atmosphere from the rest of the building.”



BuzziSpark lounge setting

 

How did lounges evolve in companies, hotels, …?

“Over the last decade, lounge areas have evolved from being dull waiting areas to warm, welcoming spaces. They are now a way for companies to show that they care about people, customers aswell as employees. It is also a way to define theimage of a company or brand and stand out from the competition. As a result, boring waiting areas are disappearing, and being replaced by more dynamic multifuctional spaces. These will function as personal workspaces, informal meeting rooms, places to take a break or to eat and relax, and sometimes even as waiting rooms! Thanks to the diverse functions they offer, they can be used all day long and improve the overall experience for everyone. For instance, hotel lobbies have now become a mix of co-working areas and lounge areas to chill and enjoy a drink or snack.”


Lounging in BuzziSpark

 

What is the philosophy behind BuzziSpark designed as a lounge solution?

“BuzziSpark was designed with the idea of lounging in mind, but also for exchanging ideas with your colleagues. Moreover, it is also anarchitectural piece. It has a great flexibility thatcan offer a lot of possibilities to architects when they are designing their own spaces. The shields, the side panels on the sofa, can be placed in different directions to create a protection at different heights. So, one could use BuzziSpark with two shields on one side to create a loveseat, or with two shields in opposite directions. Using different models of BuzziSpark in a room can create an unexpected dynamic structure.”


BuzziSpark

 

Do you have particular lounges in mind when you design products?

“It all depends on what you want to achieve in the space. I believe that society and the work environment in general have evolved enough in the last ten years to be able to offer a cushion and a comfortable sofa where people don’t necessarily have to sit straight, and where they can indulge a little more without feeling guilty. With BuzziSpark, I want people to feel like they are in a little cocoon that’s warm and comfortable, just like a big bulky sofa that people dive into when watching television or surf on their tablets. And don’t forget to add that right spark of light that makes you feel at home. BuzziHat is the perfect solution for this. It combines a great light output, good noise reducing capabilities and a fun design. It has character and personality and can be easily combined with other furniture pieces in the space.”