Belgian designer Alain Gilles has created a picnic table system for the office with ‘BuzziPicnic’, an indoor table based on the iconic outdoor table, for furniture and acoustic products brand Buzzispace.
“Use it as a dining table for your colleagues, a temporary workstation, or simply as a fixed place in the office for holding meetings.” says Gilles. “The ways the indoor picnic table is used can evolve with the flow of office life, and it will give your workplace a much-needed dose of fun.”
“The idea was to rethink a design classic that reminds people of the fun times in life: a picnic table evokes memories of summer barbecues with friends. It is an uncomplicated, accessible object that brings people together informally. Something they don’t expect in the setting of a boring office environment.”
A revolutionary aspect of the design is its ‘split level’: a difference in levels that means users can work at two different heights at the same table. On one side at normal height, and on the other standing up or on a bar stool. This presents interior designers with the challenge of developing new possibilities for the interaction between workers and the space they inhabit.
The benches that accompany the BuzziPicnic are a playful reference to the original outdoor picnic table, but users can just as easily opt for an ergonomic desk chair.
Multiple tables can be placed next to one other to create a long, graphic element in a space.
Discreet ‘access points’ for cables allow users to transform the table into a practical and functional desk. A ‘quick access point’ provides a flexible transition from a temporary, connected workspace into a convivial lunch table and back again.
A ‘permanent access point’ is less flexible, but has more connections, making it ideal for intensive use as a working desk.