6 foot collaboratory: reliable structures 6 foot collaboratory: reliable structures
apr 21, 2010

6 foot collaboratory: reliable structures

reliable structures is a series of furniture pieces by 6 foot collaboratory, which require two people to work together to make the piece fully functional. 6 foot collaboratory is the artistic collaboration between liz tubergen and caroline woolard. in each piece of the series, users must band together, literally holding the furniture together with their bodies. the table has no legs and only has cutouts on each end in which users stand, holding the table up on their hips. if one person moves or walks away, the table will come crumbling down. the bookshelf uses a similar premise, holding the shelves between the user’s standing side by side. this series proposes some new concepts for furniture while also questioning our relationship to our furniture.


  • This is funny and give me some inspiration in the same time.

    j says:
  • Muito boa!

    Martim Garcia says:
  • It was born to bear our burden, now we must bear to it’s burden, furniture…….

    kg says:
  • installation art can be

    casey chen says:
  • Wonderful for thetable! but….How long do you practice for the shelves ?

    Pink Miss says:
  • gives me some ideas for functional pots…thanks!

    wanda says:
  • This makes me think of “joined at the hip”

    andrea says:
  • i totally agree with pink miss 🙂

    nayla says:
  • There is a word for this: stupid.

    Taylor Haywood says:
  • this is nice for fast food! and it is also sort of furniture with humane values!

    Mina says:
  • OK but. Persons have to be the same height to this functions… Ridiculous!

    Alex says:
  • why stand when you can sit??

    Luke Leonard says:

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