The Nest System Tables, a distinguished modular table solution configured to turn and bend, is the latest extension to the popular +Halle Nest series. The collection of high and low sofas, chairs and tables is loved by many public spaces for its mix of casual and productive behaviours—above all its adaptable to change. From the series use in public spaces comes a new set of behavioural learnings: insisting on a high worktop, individual space, and a sense of scale.
‘What does it mean to use a table as a piece of architecture? We wanted to explore the ability for a table to become an architecture tool, in the same way as we work with architects to configure bench seating in many of our public installations,’ Martin Halle, Creative Director, at +Halle explains. The purpose of the Nest System table is to create a sense of community around a table in a similar fashion we often gather in a break out space. Halle: ‘There is a need for public areas to combine work and everything else, the solution is a large centre table that does more than just go in a straight line, structuring a playful space for a large group of individuals.
’ The traditional open office model may be struggling, but this modular table system represents something different within the public space, standing tall, like a landmark of common ground. There is a presence of particularity, of detailed experience in the table. ‘Imagine a town square, where you may have designated space like the library, the police station or the hairdresser — different divisions, but then you have ground in the middle, for the community to be at. This one space provides openness with a purpose. With Nest you can plan a hub that’s centered around a table and not the sofa,’ Löfgren explains.
The table is twisting, turning and moving in different directions, but the symbolism of everyone sitting together is powerful today, even if we need more space and flexibility. A few years ago you would design an office to last for five years, today, it is down to three. The turnaround speed of office furniture is excessive and not sustainable. As a matter of resilience, this table system is responsive to change, providing the ability to scale up and down, using a simple architectural configuration or modular refresh.
The design solution of the System Table derives from experience that the design team had from developing the entire Nest series. ‘We learnt from the architects and users of the series that swapping from sitting in a high Nest chair to standing around a high table created a better performance. Most people actually preferred working at a standing table, as long as they had a comfortable seating to lean on or sit in at the same height,’ says Jonas Pettersson, Co-founder and CEO at Form Us With Love.’
Today, the public space and the workspace are, in some sense, more reliant on each other. In the past decade we have seen the domestic influence on the workspace, however, the learning from our public environments has become increasingly important. ‘With the Nest System Table we are applying the need for something that is not linear, in order for multiple tables to be created using one system, it is a series of parts for your own creation,’ Halle concludes.
There is a level of play in the Nest System Tables that is unmatched in the market, a call for the creativity to be brought back, as a way to create landmarks within communal spaces. What configuration of The Nest System Table would you create to fit the needs of your workspace?
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