Table-benches and stools at the Waldraum
Waldraum’s furniture was designed and produced by Constructlab specifically for the space. On a design level, the pieces of furniture were intended to promote the versatile use of the space through variable functions, instead of inscribing a fixed usage setting that might only be altered with excessive energy expenditure – for example, by removing the furniture or dismantling it. The nine work tables can be tipped sideways and used both as normal and low benches. In a spatial configuration with benches at the edges of the room, the floor also becomes a surface to be experienced, inviting people to come into contact with through underfloor heating and a pleasant linoleum surface. These table-benches reference flexible children’s furniture design based on Montessori pedagogy, encouraging self-will and self-efficacy through their functional openness. Formally, however, the furniture is oriented more towards an industrial, simple and contemporary aesthetic. As in the structure of the Waldraum itself, reversibility and recycling remain readable in the detailing.
Each table element has a work surface of 60 x 120 cm and a height of 72 cm. The bench has a seat height of either 22 cm (children; work on the floor) or 40 cm (comfortable seat height for adults, lectures etc.). The underside of the table top is upholstered as a backrest with composite foam (recycled product). The surfaces are made of multiplex boards (partly recycled from exhibition designs), coated with coloured linoleum (leftover floor linoleum, for example from the Schöneberg town hall). The frames are made of round profiles and powder-coated in grey.
Table-benches designed and produced by Mascha Fehse and Andries de Lange
Stools designed by Patrick Hubmann / Johanna Dehio, produced by Jan Schlake
Image Credits: Andries de Lange (objects), Lorène Blanche Goesele (space)