Dutch firm RAAAF and visual artist Barbara Visser recently collaborated on a futuristic project appropriately titled The End of Sitting that challenges preconceptions of what an office workspace actually is.
Part art project and part interior design concept, The End of Sitting is currently installed at Amsterdam's Looiersgracht 60 Gallery.
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"The installation’s various affordances solicit visitors to explore different standing positions in an experimental work landscape," says RAAAF (Rietveld Architecture-Art Affordances). "The End of Sitting marks the beginning of an experimental trial phase, exploring the possibilities of radical change for the working environment."
The installation doesn't have any chairs or desks as such, but rather a series of angled shapes and surfaces suitable for leaning against, lying atop, and sitting upon. While the color scheme is perhaps a little underwhelming, it's a fascinating concept and the multiple surfaces and angles appear well-suited to prevent a person from working too long in one single position.
The End of Sitting isn't intended for the mass market, and whether such an unusual setup would prove comfortable after long term use isn't clear (lack of disabled access is also another drawback). Still, it's certainly an interesting alternative to the much-maligned office cubicle.
The animation below helps bring the vision to life.