Conceptual office swaps chairs and desks for "experimental work landscape"

“Instead, the installation’s various affordances solicit visitors to explore different standing positions in an experimental work landscape.”

The space is filled with large faceted three-dimensional shapes that vary from waist-height up to shoulder-height. Official findings will be published in a report next spring. “We had to discover what the   comfortable ways of standing working are,” added   the Rietvelds, whose previous projects have included slicing a redundant Second World War bunker in half and filling an abandoned building with flaming torches. The installation   will remain in place until 7 December and has already been used by researchers at the   University of Groningen to test the effects of working in different positions. Photography is by Jan Kempenaers. Spending every day at a desk increases exposure to a range of health issues,   from heart disease to cancer, diabetes and obesity say researchers from Sweden, Australia and the UK. Some naturally become leaning posts, or ledges for resting a computer or a notebook on. An assortment of angular surfaces, recesses   and   steps transform   each object into an ambiguous piece of furniture that users are invited to interact with as they see fit. Medical research suggests that too much sitting down can be bad   for your health, so RAAAF and Barbara Visser have developed an experimental office   that encourages workers   to lean, perch or even lie down (+ slideshow). “Chairs and tables are redesigned over a million times. But what if there are no chairs anymore and you would like to afford people standing working positions?” asked architects Ronald and Erik Rietveld, the two founders of RAAAF. “We have developed a concept wherein the chair and desk are no longer unquestionable starting points,” they told Dezeen. The End of Sitting is conceived as a space where sitting is just one of the options available. Looiersgracht 60
Design installation: Ronald Rietveld, Erik Rietveld, Arna Mackic
RAAAF studio support: Clemens Karlhuber, Bastiaan Bervoets, Elke van Waalwijk van Doorn, David Habets, Mees van Rijckevorsel, Marius Gottlieb, Janno Martens
Production: Landstra de Vries supported by Schaart Adventures
Team production: Bouwko Landstra, Alko de Vries, Basile Mareé, Boris de Beijer, Chris Bakker, Dino Ruisen, Ellik Bargai, Frits Ham, Hans Jansen, Jasper van Heyningen, Jolanda Lanslots, Kier Spronk, Koen van Oort, Koos Schaart, Lika Kortmann, Lucas van Santvoort, Luuc Sonke, Mark Jooren, Patrick Mulder, Syb Sybesma, Tim Mathijsen, Tomm Velthuis
Sponsors: Mondriaan Fund, Stichting DOEN, The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Looiersgracht 60, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Updated: 03.12.2014 — 06:11