Libraries and open-plan offices could certainly put these contour chairs by Joon Soo Kim to use. Created to give small groups of people a place to meet, speak and read in private, these folding furnishings supplement the existing architecture of a space.
The acoustic panels that make up the partition-like walls of the eccentric armchairs are capable of keeping the sound of conversations enclosed, meanwhile blocking out the noise from the rest of the room at large. The most effective way to set up the 'Hands On Chairs' for isolated discussions and quiet activities is to enable all of the flaps to overlap, thus reducing the escape of sound. The flexibility of these dividers accommodates the clustered arrangement of multiple contour chairs, whereby the screens can still "hold hands."