4081 Education Trestles and Easels, 2012

Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam

In addition to a previous interior design for the Boijmans van Beuningen museum, we have designed Education Trestles. They were shortlisted for the Frame Moooi Award 2012. Larger tabletops can be joined with small study tables and drawing tables to make a table with a desired composition. Earlier, we devised a number of display tables for the educational space in the Boijmans van Beuningen museum: a combination of a metal table and a transparent showcase to display the Boijmans artworks. Here, schoolchildren, students and other visitors can work, while they seem to be displayed inside the showcases, along with the objects from the Boijmans collection. The first series are showcases, whereas the second series of Trestle Tables are more practical in nature and primarily complement the organization of workshops and studio sessions. The design was developed from a basic trestle and is in fact an extended trestle that is wide enough to be a table. One or two trestle tables can be assembled with a larger tabletop to form a bigger table. The longest table can be used as a horizontal or vertical easel. Depending on placement, one or two children can sit behind their easel. The metal ridge that is used to join tabletops, can also be used as a pencil and utensil holder. The table tops, made of High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and available in various color ways, can be disassembled and stacked on top of an organizing system. This organizer was also designed for the museum and allows the staff to add or remove tables at their convenience. Instead of looking redundant, the colorful tabletops still add something to the space with their presence when they're stacked up.