Reading creates student comfort zone

University of Reading creates new comfort zone for students with the help of Design & Contract Furniture

Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) has worked with bespoke furniture suppliers, Design & Contract Furniture to modernise the recently completed expansion of two of the university’s social hotspots. 

Located at the Whiteknights campus, the largest of the university’s three sites, the Maluco Lounge has joined the RUSU Mojo’s Bar and Mondial Café to increase capacity by 30% as part of a two year redevelopment programme for the students’ union. 

The expansion of the building has increased the capacity to 1000 which required additional seating and tables from Design & Contracts to accommodate the larger crowds. Richard Lines, Business Development Manager at RUSU commented: “Design & Contract Furniture is definitely our preferred supplier when it comes to requiring new furniture. Having used many of their products before, we are confident with the quality and reliability of their furniture which secured our decision to approach them for the expansion of our students’ union.”

Design & Contracts were asked by the RUSU to suggest a range of furniture for the new extension, with many of the company’s products already in place in the bar and café. Working with the RUSU committee, guided by Richard Lines, Design & Contracts supplied a range of colourful furniture to modernise the look of the entire students’ union, including sofas, chairs, barstools and dining tables for a variety of uses across the bar and café.

ABOVE: Design & Contracts supplied a range of colourful furniture to modernise the look of the entire students’ union

A particularly popular choice amongst the furniture supplied were seven Colin tub chairs in red and green, and purple and green Skai Sotega faux leather. These not only add an element of vibrant colour to the room but provide a relaxing and comfortable seating alternative to armchairs or sofas for socialising students as they are designed specifically in a natural lounging seating position.

Design & Contracts also supplied a range of Skai Sotega faux leather sofas and arm chairs for the extension. Amongst these were six Darcy high-back double sofas in red which are used to break up sight lines and offer private seating or dining area for students.

Maintaining the colourful theme of the extension, a range of red and purple Quadra sofas and arm chairs are used throughout the new café in a ‘ying-yang’ arrangement, as well as 13 cube and round pouffes to offer a wide variety of seating options for large groups of students to socialise together, or separate into smaller groups.

The extension also offers an additional, separate dining area with 14 brand new dining and poseur tables with stylish Altofina concrete style laminate tops. These are accompanied by over 80 Trend side café chairs and bar stools in a light Zebrano finish from Pedrali, a well-establish Italian furniture designer. The wide variety of furniture available at the RUSU new café ensures that students are offered an enjoyable and relaxing experience whether they are there to socialise with friends over a drink or lunch, or catch up on their studies in a more comfortable atmosphere than the university library.

As with all of Design & Contracts products, the furniture supplied to the RUSU was personalised to the brief put forward by the students’ committee. Working with bars, cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses, Design & Contracts work directly with its customers to source high-quality and reliable bespoke furniture to meet the requirements of individual projects. 

Further information on Design & Contract Furniture is available from the company on 01344 628 108, by emailing: [email protected] or by visiting the company’s website at

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