StandTable by UNStudio

April 3, 2015

StandTable- Stand up to join up. Standing is better for us than sitting. Standing while working increases productivity, creativity, metabolism, life expectancy and effective communication. It accelerates decision-making and decreases absenteeism. There is a growing understanding concerning today’s work spaces – be they located within offices or in public spaces – that encouraging an active approach from the user brings with it a broad range of health benefits. It is now widely understood that standing while working is preferable to prolonged periods spent in sedentary positions and that the health benefits generated by changing position regularly are substantial in their effects.

The connection between personal interactions, performance and innovation is also widely recognized and as such, encouraging chance encounters within and outside of the work place can spark unexpected collaborations. Face-to-face interactions are now understood to be the most important activity within the office environment, while enabling unplanned interactions between knowledge workers is statistically linked to improved performance. It is also predicted that in the future there will be a significant change in emphasis form where work is carried out, to how it is carried out.


The StandTable responds to these conditions by offering action stations that simultaneously operate as communication tools for both digital and personal interaction, whilst all the while encouraging variation in stance.

Designed to encourage user flexibility and to generate dynamic interactions within the office environment, the StandTable stations divide the traditional circular table into three parts and create plateaus of different heights, allowing the user to work in various positions.A place to work at, on, behind, around, the StandTable embodies flexibility in a user-generated way.

Ben van Berkel: “With the StandTable you can either work alone, or with a small group of people. Clustering a number of stations can also enable short term project based work within larger teams, where the stations can easily be reconfigured when desired, generating interaction, ease of movement and highly flexible working methods.”

In the StandTable station the three surfaces of different heights (90cm, 100cm and 110cm) stimulate the users to work in different positions and to fully occupy the circular space around the station. Thus the passive comfort and spatial restriction of traditional office furniture is replaced by active, healthy comfort and increased spatial freedom.The individual sections can also be manufactured at customized heights.

As today’s work stations increasingly become smaller due to digitization and this trend is predicted to continue in the future, both the compact size and the circular shape of the StandTable station substantially increases spatial efficiency, while stimulating healthy working practices and interactive knowledge exchange.

The StandTable station can be used in a variety of settings: in offices for spontaneous or brief informal meetings, or in public spaces such as hotel lobbies, airports, libraries etc. Whilst standing, typing, leaning, reading or working, the stations enable users to work alone or in small groups of 2 or 3. The three sections of the units are finished with different treatments of wood, formica and fabric. USB ports are embedded into the table tops to enable use with laptops, tablets and mobile phones, while a storage space is also provided to safely deposit coats, laptop bags etc.

Project Details:

Client: Prooff
Location: Amsterdam
Photos: ©PROOFF
Description: StandTable
size: Diameter: 1216mm. x different heights: 900 / 1000 / 1100 mm.
Finishes: different finishes laminate and fabric
Status: finished and first presented at Prooff ( Rotterdam )


UNStudio: Ben van Berkel with William de Boer, Danyu Wang and Henry Roberts, Arjan Kalsi
Prooff: Leo van Schouten with Antoinette Veneman, Peter Huisman

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