the beginning of standing
Founded by architect Ronald Rietveld and philosopher Erik Rietveld, studio RAAAF has been developing location- and context specific works since 2006. Their latest strategic intervention ‘The End of Sitting’ redefines the cult of work and transforms our sitting society into a working landscape in which we stand, lean, hang, and lie. The architectural installation RAAAF developed functions as a real-life thinking model that enables us to experience and explore the possibilities of a more healthy working environment.
“The End of Sitting is an architectural installation at the crossroads of philosophy, architecture, visual art, and empirical science. In our society almost the entirety of our surroundings have been designed for sitting, while evidence from medical research suggests that too much sitting has adverse health effects. RAAAF and visual artist Barbara Visser have developed a concept wherein the chair and desk are no longer unquestionable starting points. Instead, the installation’s various affordances solicit visitors to explore different standing positions in an experimental work landscape.”
RAAAF’s future vision is being tested during 2015, as an element taken from their first installation will travel throughout The Netherlands with the support of The Art of Impact fund, enabling people to visit and try out new and various working positions. The End of Sitting will also be presented in Chicago at ‘The State of the Art of Architecture’ at the new Chicago Architecture Biennale.
Jules van den Langenberg graduated at Design Academy Eindhoven and developed himself as design curator and exhibition maker through self initiated projects and freelance works. Through associative thinking the young, Willy Wonka like, visionair develops narratives and concepts which form fundaments for a variety of curatorial projects.As Editor at Large, Jules shares with us some of his discoveries and « coup de coeur .