Furniture: StandTable is an office desk with a circular podium

UNStudio’s StandTable was created for Rotterdam furniture company Prooff, which specialises in creating products for public spaces.

The table was designed in response to research that suggests standing while working is healthier than sitting, as well as changing patterns of interaction in office environments that have seen informal meetings become more common.

Furniture: StandTable is an office desk with a circular podium

“Standing while working increases productivity, creativity, metabolism, life expectancy and effective communication,” said a statement from UNStudio. “It accelerates decision-making and decreases absenteeism.”

Furniture: StandTable is an office desk with a circular podium

“A place to work at, on, behind, around, the StandTable embodies flexibility in a user-generated way,” it added.

Furniture: StandTable is an office desk with a circular podium

The table’s solid circular form is divided into three parts with flat surfaces at different heights to encourage different kinds of work and interaction, including using a laptop and hosting small group meetings. Each section is finished with a different material – wood, formica or fabric upholstery. The tops have built-in USB ports for charging electrical devices like laptops and mobile phones.

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