Chair and Table Designed Together Work in Perfect Harmony
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 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 classroom furniture included a Chair and Table set that allowed different postures for reading and writing. Times have changed and today’s classroom furniture has to account for computer use also.
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 Indigo.
Laptop table with ‘attached chair’ from www.lifestylesfurniture.com.
Cafeteria chair and table that work together produced by Opus Indigo for Bhartiya International.
Chair-a-Mez combination by Opus Indigo for schools and training rooms. The table revolving around the seat brings new functionality to the classroom.