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Reinventing the Communal Table

January 13, 2021



A Chicago-based tech company with several locations across the US was in need of a custom communal table that met their uniquely flexible work style and culture. Through collaboration with Studio Other, various obstacles were overcome and options tested within the ideation phase, until the team landed on the table design that exceeded all of their needs and desires.

The Challenge: How do we provide our client’s employees a communal touchdown table that will serve as an all-in-one place for various work styles? Is there a way to combine collaborative and heads-down spaces within a single table?  How do we make all of the necessary tools easily accessible to each group while remaining aesthetically pleasing?

The Solution: Studio Other created a communal table that houses a variety of work tools within itself. Each team or individual is able to connect to power and attach or remove dividers, whiteboards and tack boards throughout the day, giving teams the freedom to create a space that works for their unique collaborative or individual work style. What sets this table apart from your typical communal table is that it houses all electrical and collaborative add-ons within itself. Divider panels, whiteboards, tack boards, power, communal supplies, and more are all hidden beneath the table or inside of the central trough. This level of flexibility has allowed for all employees or teams within the company to equally utilize this communal space for any style of work that is required to complete the task at hand, without compromising the integrity of the design aesthetic.