|Tangent Rail Seating shown in articulating configuration; backed seats with powdercoated aluminum slats|
The company has announced several updates to its Tangent Rail Seating line. Already a product with tremendous appeal, Tangent offers a clean aesthetic, the durability of die-cast aluminum, and the design versatility that comes with a wide range of seat material choices. Now, joining the original mix of backed seats and straight rails, backless seats and articulating rails take Tangent in exciting new directions.
Easily tailored to project-specific needs, Tangent seating units are defined by several elements.
|Tangent Rail Seating shown in articulating configuration; backless seats with powdercoated stainless steel seat pans with Stitch perforation pattern
Configuration options fall into one of two categories:
- Straight configurations incorporate Tangent’s straight rails and a choice of one, two, three, four or five backed or backless seats
- Articulating configurations incorporate Tangent’s new articulating rail, an option that gives designers unprecedented flexibility to shape their seating solutions around angled paths, irregular curves, and imperfect site conditions. Unlike traditional curved rails, which typically adhere to a set radius, Tangent’s articulating rail can adapt to a maximum inward angle of 20° and a maximum outward angle of 45°. The articulating connection allows seating to zig or zag, curve gracefully, or follow the straight and narrow. Best of all, the articulating connections allow units to be adjusted on site—ideal for the inevitable instances that don’t go according to plan. Four standard articulating configurations with varying numbers of backed or backless seats are available. Virtually limitless custom configurations are also possible.
Seat material choices are a hallmark of the line. Options include:
- Slats of extruded aluminum with a powdercoat finish in colors to match the seat frames.
- Slats of FSC 100% Ipé with a natural oiled finish that enhances the wood’s rich color. Ipé is a hardwood that offers superior resistance to moisture, insects, fire, vandalism and decay.
- Seat pans of stainless steel with one of three perforation patterns—Fade, Micro or Stitch—or no pattern. Stainless steel seat pans are available in three stainless steel finishes or in the same powdercoat colors as those for the frame components.
Armrests are optional and available for both backed and backless seats. Made of die-cast aluminum with a powdercoat finish to match seat frames, they are designed for placement between seats.
|Close-up of Tangent Rail Seating articulation point; backed seat with powdercoated stainless steel seat pan with Fade perforation pattern|
Legs in two styles round out the mix -- post legs can be used with all rail types for surface-mount or cast-in-place installations; “A” shaped legs can be used for surface-mount or freestanding applications with straight rails only.
Tangent rails and post legs have a unique hexagonal profile and are made of extruded aluminum. Seat frames and connection castings are die-cast aluminum and stainless steel. All frame components have a powdercoat finish. Standard and custom powdercoat colors are available.
|Tangent Rail Seating shown in straight rail configuration; backed seats with FSC 100% Ipé hardwood slats|
Tangent’s aluminum frames have a high recycled content, and all metal components are fully recyclable. Standard powdercoat finishes are no-VOC; non-standard powdercoat finishes are no- or low-VOC, depending on color selected. All wood slats are FSC 100 percent Ipé hardwood. Tangent Rail Seating is easy to disassemble, has a long product life cycle, and requires minimal maintenance.
While Tangent Rail Seating is a natural for airports and other transit environments, it’s also a high-performance fit for corporate campuses, healthcare facilities, universities, malls, and other social settings.
Tangent Rail Seating is just one of Forms+Surfaces many seating solutions designed to connect people in public spaces. To learn more, visit www.forms-surfaces.com, call 800.451.0410, or fax 412.781.7840.