The rhythmic fluidity of geological formations inspired the Lounge Chair, the first piece in the Seating Stones series. While designed as autonomous objects the chairs can also be placed side by side as a family of forms in varying configurations.
Easy to swivel and designed to enable communication, the Side Chair turns with ease to face other users. We designed two versions of this rounded chair: one with a left armrest and the other with a right armrest. As a variation on the Side Chair, the Tub Chair swivels just as easily, and has a more orthogonal form and armrests on both sides.
Designed to enable privacy during communication, the curved high back of the Silent Chair envelops the user, creating a sense of retreat and concealment. Available in two sizes the Poufs can be casually clustered for brainstorming in teams or easily moved to join other configurations of the Seating Stones family.
“Cheerful, free and variable – the Seating Stones by Ben van Berkel create generous seating landscapes. Users intuitively follow the possibilities on offer: sitting or lounging around, relaxing or concentrating, on your own or in dialogue.”
Work & Campus
How to design flexible and collaborative workplaces in the age of super mobility?Contemporary Work Environments
Offering different workspace types has become imperative in today’s work environments. Whilst individual workstations remain essential for concentration, shared office spaces are employed more creatively to provide diverse areas to meet, confer, brainstorm and socialise.
Incorporating formal and informal meeting spaces, today’s workplace is therefore designed to enable and encourage mobility, diversity, flexibility and collaboration as a means of creative knowledge management. Read about our ongoing explorations of this theme in the Work & Campus workfield.
Work & Campus
The Work & Campus workfield examines affinities within new ways of working and learning, and how these may affect the office and campus models of the future. Our multidisciplinary teams investigate behavioural patterns and trends at the intersection of education and employment, including accelerated learning and production, emotional economy, distance learning services and examine how technology can be implemented in a balanced way. These tendencies are explored with a focus on their effect across scales – from the individual, to the group, to the community – with a view to developing relevant, impactful new design concepts that enhance working, learning and productivity.Read more
Singapore University of Technology and Design
Columbia Business School
United States, 2009
Concept and Design
- Workplace Variety
- Multiple Configurations