Working Unit (2008, 2014)

This daydreaming device can be used in an individual way but also in a collective playful way. As much as it is perceived for facilitating immediate physical relief, it also supports awaken activities such as reading, writing, and daydreaming. The performative feature of Working Unit, a desk that conceals a red mechanical pillow board inside its tabletop, is released when its user starts turning a hidden knob elevating, at adjustable heights, a comfy pillow that allows rest or sleep.

Daydreaming Devices have various key features: they are both utilitarian and emotional objects; their acceptance depends on the user’s adoption of the visual metaphor they express; they reach their maximum potential when activated in a group of people; they attempt to affect an understanding of the awaked life.

Table with lifting pillow board.
First prototype: Finnish wood table, mechanical gearing, foam and fabric.
Minimum size: 91 x 61 x 73,6 cm
Maximum size: 91 x 61 x 86,3 cm
Second prototype: Beechwood, mechanical gearing, foam and fabric.
Minimum size: 120 x 79,5 x 79,5 cm
Maximum size: 120 x 79,5 x 97 cm

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