sphere table by hella jongerius for vitra at imm cologne
sphere table by hella jongerius for vitra at imm cologne sphere table by hella jongerius for vitra at imm cologne
jan 26, 2013

sphere table by hella jongerius for vitra at imm cologne

sphere table by hella jongerius for vitra at imm cologneall images courtesy of vitra




hella jongerius‘s ‘sphere table’ for vitra – presented at imm cologne 2013 –  is a site-specific design tailored to accommodate a sense of privacy while working in busy public spaces. the solid wooden table features a large half-sphere of opalescent acrylic glass (in either a milky yellow or blue) that can be attached to either the top left or right corner of the worktop, allowing for a diverse scope of adjustment for the user.jongerius aimed to effectively create a ‘shield’ from the frenetic hustle and bustle of shared areas, offering less distraction and more seclusion. the concept references a cocoon-like element, and was conceived while jongerius was working on the redesign of the north delegates lounge of the united nations headquarters in new york.



‘sphere’ table for vitra offers a broad scope of adjustment according to the user’s needs



detail of the sphere table by hella jongerius


sphere table on display at the vitra booth during IMM cologne 2013


the large half-sphere can be attached to either the left or right side of the desk



the acrylic ‘bubble’ offers privacy




  • i think it’s such a great idea. Mrs. Jongerius it’s really talented. I would suggest this nice clean creative lamp to go along with the bubble on the table — http://www.brabbu.com/lighting/amik.html

    what do you think she’d say? She would probably think it’s gorgeous like i do 🙂

    what a nice idea to talk about. keep up the good work! thank you.

    Julie White says:
  • that’s just ridiculous, attempting to create privacy by adding a giant salad bowl to an ordinary table…

    charly says:
  • Jongerius seems to have ventured out of her comfort zone a bit : this appears ” colder” than her usual work… It doesn’t seem like the design allows for a lot of space optimization, so I wonder whether it really applies to a working environment…

    Romain says:
  • an old idea but well present, might wells good in IKEA.Great job!

    yuwen says:

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