The Maison Française d'Oxford (MFO), is a French research centre in the humanities and social sciences and a member of the Network of French Research Institutes Established Abroad (IFRE) by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).
Created to focus on academic co-operation and research, Maison established a CNRS research unit within the MFO in 1999, the research unit is composed of six researchers grouped into different areas of study: literature, the theory of law and legal anthropology, history or classics.
The MFO is also home to a group of junior researchers (post-docs or research fellows) and research students, reading for master's degrees or doctorates. The research students are affiliated to institutes and colleges of the University and take part in the activities of the MFO. To that end, the MFO collaborates with several French research institutions and universities whose students spend periods of one month to an academic year there.
The MFO hosts interdisciplinary programmes, conferences, seminars and other events in collaboration with members of the university and required a space more in keeping with the calibre of visitors and speakers.
Maison identified a previously empty room to install a bespoke tiering package and a seating installation with a fixed writing bench.
The bespoke tiering, designed and constructed by Ferco, enabled the caretaking team to retain access underneath creating useful storage space.
Ideally suited for use on structural tiering, the versatile and customisable Athena seating system was installed, accompanied by a continuous desk to transform the room into a comfortable lecture space.