Chair and Table
A Dining table usually has chairs that match the table in height and in style. Sometimes the two are
designed together. In School and college furniture/benches, equal importance is given to chair and
table. Office tables and chairs are not designed like that at all. Any chair is expected to work with any
table. Charles Eames and Marcel Breuer designed many chairs and some tables that go stylistically
with the chairs. Peter Opsvik, arguably the most prolific chair designer, has designed hardly any
tables as his chairs are to work with any available tables. By themselves chairs are quite useless as a
table is needed for the task that the chair entails. Some special chairs like the Kneeling Chair has no
particular table associated with it and this may be the reason why it is not used very much. Most
lounge chairs do not have associated tables either. A.C. Mandal, the father of ergonomic chair
design, dealt with chairs and tables together for good ergonomic performance. His outstanding work
on class room furniture included a Chair and Table set that allowed different postures for reading
and writing. Times have changed and today’s class room furniture has to account for computer use
The idea that chairs can be designed such that they can be used with any table may be valid but if
table and chair are designed together, a range of completely new possibilities open up. Even the
normal office can change completely as can be seen with interactive furniture produced by Opus
Laptop table with ‘attached chair’ from www.lifestylesfurniture.com.
Cafeteria chair and table that work together produced by Opus Indigo for Bhartiya International.
Space Design Consultants Office: Original Pyramid chair and workstation by Opus Indigo function as
sit/stand furniture. Other chair designs were also developed for the Pyramid Workstation.
Chair-a-Mez combination by Opus for schools and colleges. The table revolving around the seat
brings new functionality to the class room.