It doesn't always have to be banquet chairs for meetings and events. Check out 12 alternative ideas for your next event.
For one of the sessions at EIBTM, the Global Meetings and Events Expo, attendees sat on large red stability balls. The event took place in November in Barcelona.
Photo: Courtesy of EIBTM
In the new networking area at Sapphire Now in June in Orlando, guests could choose from seating options such as wooden pallets, leather cubes, and cadrboard cubes, which were strong enough to sit on but light and easy to move.
Photo: Eventrix AG/SAP
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At Social Media Week London in September, shipping crates became “Skypepods.” Each unit was equipped with Microsoft products and enabled with Skype so attendees could get work done or chat with colleagues online.
Photo: Dave Bird
Pallet chairs from Dublin company This Is What We Do were one of the seating options in the Media Village at Web Summit in November 2014.
Photo: Naoise Culhane/Sportsfile/Web Summit
On Web Summit’s Pitch stages—site of the event’s start-up competitions—organizers used upcycled chairs made from chipboard.
Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile/Web Summit
Guests reclined on large pillow chairs from Yogibo at TEDxSomerville, held at the Brooklyn Boulders indoor rock climbing facility in the Boston suburb in March 2014.
Photo: Patrick Rogers
Inflatable chairs, beanbags, and traditional tables gave attendees seating choices at Sibos in Boston in September. The options reflected the theme of innovation for all the sessions that took place in the room.
Photo: Sean Ebsworth Barnes
At C2 Montréal in May, organizers used custom furniture pieces that were designed to facilitate conversations. Overall there were fewer chairs than people to encourage mingling.
Photo: Beth Kormanik/BizBash
The outdoor sponsor lounges at C2 Montréal were set up in shipping containers and decorated with soft, colorful seating.
Photo: Beth Kormanik/BizBash
TEDxKalamata hosted its event in Greece’s ancient Theatre of Messini, taking advantage of the amphitheater’s unique atmosphere and seating.
Photo: Courtesy of TEDxKalamata
At Cisco Live in San Francisco in May, attendees reclined on beanbag gaming chairs in the halls of the Moscone Center to watch keynotes, do work, and take breaks. Organizers said they chose this style chair as an "edgier but still functional" alternative to traditional beanbags.
Photo: Steve Maller Photography
Guests had two options for lunch at Cisco Live: they could sit outside in the Yerba Buena Gardens on Cisco-branded blankets or at round tables, or they could eat inside the Moscone Center where organizers used picnic tables and Astroturf to create a park-like feel.
Photo: Mitra Sorrells/BizBash
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