Sit down, sit up, lounge, hang, repose, move, work, read, consult or relax, alone or together.
People communicate in a variety of ways. The design for the SitTable caters to the needs of these divergent varieties. It allows for the table to become a thinking place as well as a social meeting ground, whilst offering a diversity of options for functionality.
It may become a quiet reading table found in a library, or a work and relaxation place located in an airport lounge. It could simply be used in a waiting room, in a front office or in a school. It may also act as a meeting space for exhibitions or in shops.
Ben van Berkel: "The SitTable is designed for the various ways in which people communicate. Through a cross combination of usage possibilities, it extends the traditional role of the table as a social meeting place."
UNStudio has long been interested in hybrid forms of all scales, from large scale mixed-use urban projects through to programmatic and volumetric transitions in public buildings and private residences. A similar approach is often taken to products designed by the studio, where hybridisation offers increased performance potential to a wide variety of users. The SitTable is a new addition to this family of designs.
Ben Van Berkel
Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987. His first projects were built almost immediately after founding Van Berkel & Bos Architectuur Bureau. Among the buildings of this first period are Karbouw, the Remu electricity station, and Villa Wilbrink. Being elected to design the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam (1996) profoundly affected his understanding of the role of the architect today and constituted the foundation of his collaborative approach to practising, leading to the foundation of UNStudio in 1999.