RAAAF + barbara visser reject seating in the workplace with faceted installation
 
RAAAF + barbara visser reject seating in the workplace with faceted installation RAAAF + barbara visser reject seating in the workplace with faceted installation
dec 02, 2014

RAAAF + barbara visser reject seating in the workplace with faceted installation

RAAAF + barbara visser reject seating in the workplace with faceted installation
photo by jan kempenaers
all images courtesy of RAAAF

 

 

 

as an example for an environment which rejects seated positioning in the contemporary workplace, design studio RAAAF [rietveld architecture-art affordances] and visual artist barbara visser have fabricated a faceted mass within the looiersgracht 60 gallery in amsterdam. titled ‘the end of sitting’, the non-euclidean surfaces negate the typical desk and chair elements, and provide undetermined functionality for off-angle engagement with one’s space.

RAAAF barbara visser the end of sitting designboom

photo by jan kempenaers

 

 

 

in our society almost the entirety of our surroundings have been designed for sitting, while evidence from medical research suggests that too much sitting has adverse health effects,’ the design team states. in clarifying the project’s aims, the continue, ‘the installation’s various affordances solicit visitors to explore different standing positions in an experimental work landscape. 

 

‘the end of sitting’ follows up on an earlier mute animation titled ‘sitting kills’, by RAAAF and barbara visser. for this envisioned scheme, see designboom’s previous article here.

RAAAF barbara visser the end of sitting designboom

photo by jan kempenaers

RAAAF barbara visser the end of sitting designboom

photo by jan kempenaers

RAAAF barbara visser the end of sitting designboom

photo by jan kempenaers

RAAAF barbara visser the end of sitting designboom

photo by jan kempenaers

RAAAF barbara visser the end of sitting designboom

photo by ricky rijkenberg

RAAAF barbara visser the end of sitting designboom

photo by ricky rijkenberg

RAAAF barbara visser the end of sitting designboom

photo by ricky rijkenberg

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project credits:

 

client: RAAAF i.c.w. looiersgracht 60
installation: ronald rietveld, erik rietveld, arna mackic
construction: landstra & de vries ondersteund door schaart adventures
funded by: mondriaan fonds, stichting DOEN, amsterdams fonds voor de kunst, looiersgracht 60
photography: jan kempenaers (kleur), frederica rijkenberg (zwart-wit)
status: realized 2014
client vision sitting kills: atelier rijksbouwmeester
visie sitting kills + the end of sitting: RAAAF | barbara visser
animation: olivier campagne, artefactorylab

  • Excellent – Just in time for the First World War centenary commemorations.
    Back to the trenches and out with the laptops everyone.

    TheCat says:
  • lol

    dbkii says:
  • How bold and how silly.

    Ron Smith says:
  • I agree with TheCat – it looks like trenches, or a maze for giant rats. I can’t tell what the forms are made of – if plaster then it won’t hold up to wear and tear very well. The idea of standing while working is a good one though I would not want to be forced to stand all day. Are there are any storage places in the work areas? People still need drawers for their stuff.

    trimtab21 says:
  • will be interested to know how long this is in place and their retention rate. Seems wildly impractical. Do associates (assume they are not “employees”) get to select the place where the posture best suits them? Do they negotiate for their space? How is the decision made? Consensus? egress signage must have been fun to design 🙂

    Rich says:

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