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EF Education First Zurich Office

EF Education First Zurich Office

Stücheli Architekten

EF Architecture & Design
Zürich, Switzerland | View Map
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Arper SPA
Michael DePasquale

EF Education First Zurich Office

Tacchini as Furniture

Education First brand-new Zurich office opened in January 2019, transforming the grand old stock exchange building — a fitting location in one of the world’s largest financial centers. EF offers products that give people the power and confidence to experience the world: a global team of creatives defining what the future of language, education, travel and cultural exchange looks and feels like.

“We like Zurich for its energetic business spirit and deserved reputation for great quality of life, surrounded by nature and attracting international culture.”

Tacchini has been one of the main partner in furnishing the new Zurich office with many product of Tacchini Collection: Ischia modular system by PearsonLloyd, Julep sofas, armchairs and ottomans by Jonas Wagell, Sesann sofas and Agnese armchairs and ottomans by Gianfranco Frattini, Babela chairs by Achille + Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Chill-Out table by Gordon Guillaumier and finally T–Chair by B/M.

Arper collections furnish the EF Education First offices in Zurich

Arper SPA as Furniture

A new EF – Education First office was recently inaugurated in the former Swiss Stock Exchange Building, located in the heart of Zurich. EF is an international education company, whose mission is to provide people of all ages learning opportunities around the world. Philip Iosca, Head of Interior Design North America at the EF Architecture and Design Studio was in charge of the project.


The challenge the designer had to face was that of converting a behemoth massive granite building, built in the 70s and 80s, into a light-filled open plan office. This should feel welcoming, comfortable and should allow all users to be productive yet flexible at the same time.


According to Iosca, design is at the core of EF: a tool with which to share the company's values. Arper’s collections Cross, Kiik, Kinesit, Steeve, Zinta and Cila were selected for their geometric and aesthetic qualities, as well as their respectful and warm design.


When interviewed by Arper on the project, Iosca said: “What makes a great workspace is changing. Our demand for public spaces is the same demand that we place on the private ones. Therefore, I think that there needs to be a softness to it. There needs to be a considered design. There needs to be a warmth to that approach.”


“An office won't have seas of workstations. It will have seas of sofas and soft seating. As we become more and more connected, we desire to be unplugged and not in front of a screen, but inspired by nature and human contact. Soft environments are going to play a strong role in the way in which we will communicate, work, educate, somewhere between a classroom somewhere between an office and a home.”

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ElementBrandProduct name
Julep, BABELA, T-CHAIR | Wooden chair, SESANN | Fabric sofa, ISCHIA
Series 430
FurnitureArper SPA
Product Spec Sheet
Julep, BABELA, T-CHAIR | Wooden chair, SESANN | Fabric sofa, ISCHIA by Tacchini
Series 430 by Verpan
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