The Sitting Table explores the relationship between design concept, materiality, process, and how all of these can come together to produce a variety of ergonomic outputs.
The concept for this design was to produce a table that ergonomically could function both as a seat and as a table. Its width, height, and aesthetic, had to attract both a book and coffee cup, or a human to sit in it. This need for adaptation was challenged by materiality and construction. The main structure or body, is made of birch and consists of eight bent wood rings, that come together by an octagonal weight in the middle of the table. Each ring was the result of a repetitive process of slicing the wood to thin laminations, steaming them, and bending them, while holding the bend in place for many hours. The process in which these rings were created allowed for both design control but material behavior, to shape the ergonomics and overall experience of the piece.