Brad Ascalon Reimagines Seating for Public Spaces

The seating in waiting rooms, lobbies, and airports never seems to change, resulting in outdated and uncomfortable places to sit for undetermined lengths of time. New York City-based designer Brad Ascalon aims to rectify that with a modular seating system called Ascent for Swedish design brand Mitab. Not only does the unique system offer a comfortable place to sit, it provides power and USB charging outlets and space between each seat to rest a drink or your gear.

The seats, made of plywood and cold foam that can be upholstered in a variety of textile options, gently curve over the wooden base, perfectly blending contrasting forms and textures. Ascent comes in two sizes with a max of three or four seats per unit, making it easy to outfit any size space.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.