Sedia Systems Reflects on the Best Design of the Last 35 Years

We're celebrating our 35th anniversary by asking leading practitioners to share their picks for the most important design work since 1981.

The JumpSeat design, as featured in the June 2011 issue of Metropolis that founder and CEO of Sedia Systems, Wilson Troup describes as his favorite.

Photography credit Ziba Design


We’re celebrating our 35th anniversary this month by looking back at architecture and design at all scales over the past 35 years. We asked leading practitioners, as well as sponsors of our 35th Anniversary issue, to share their picks of the most important design work since 1981.

We spoke with Wilson Troup, founder and CEO of Sedia Systems, the leading global manufacturer of lecture hall and auditorium furniture for the education, corporate, healthcare, government and public assembly markets. He described some of his favorite design moments and icons of the past 35 years—as well as his expectations for emerging trends in the next 35.

Wilson Troup, founder and CEO of Sedia Systems, answers our questions about iconic design during the past 35 years, below.

Photography credit Sedia Systems


Metropolis Magazine (M): What is the most important work of the last 35 years? Why?

Wilson Troup (WT): Apple has transformed the way people look at design. Good design is no longer unattainable or a foreign concept; consumers now expect it.

M: Who is a design icon that you’ve admired from the past 35 years? Why

WT: There are two and both for the same reason. Giancarlo Piretti and Niels Diffrient both have been pioneers in balancing form and function within the furniture industry. They have designed intuitive seating products that use pivots and simple movement, resulting in a custom fit for our variable body shapes and sizes.

M: What do you expect from emerging trends in the next 35 years? Why?

WT: Technology is already embedded in our every movement, and as this trend accelerates we’ll see the line between real and virtual blur. This will inspire thought-provoking questions in our daily lives. What is REAL? Do we need REAL?

M: What was your favorite Metropolis issue from the last 35 years? Why?

WT: That’s easy, the June 2011 issue, which introduced me to the JumpSeat by Ziba Design. It was on a Wednesday night after NeoCon. I knew immediately it was something special and would be a transformative product for our company. At first glance the innovative JumpSeat looks very simple, but due to the precision of the design it could be one of the most complicated chairs ever produced. Now we’ve installed JumpSeats around the world. Thank you, Metropolis! Happy Anniversary!

Categories: Healthcare Architecture, Sponsored

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