A Simple Machine was born from the idea of changing our sedentary ways during the workday. Designed to bring movement and momentum into the workspace, the four-piece collection is one answer to creating a healthier day spent behind a desk. Created by HeijltjesAkkaya for Dutch furniture brand Prooff, A Simple Machine relies on ergonomics and engineering – pulleys, weights, and levers – that can be powered by human energy.
One piece stood out to us more than the others: the Counterweight Table. Taking intermittent breaks throughout the day and regularly adjusting your posture can be distractions, so changing our behaviors is a bit of a challenge. The seemingly static sit/stand Counterweight Table meets us in the middle. Constructed using folded steel and industrial parts, a cylindrical counterweight balances the tabletop and its frame – making the surface float at your desired height. Easy to use and move, the motion the user makes is mimicked by the moving parts of the table without the use of an external power source.
“A Simple Machine was born from our experience of trying to improve our own way of working. Failing to find fitting solutions in current work furniture, we were curious what would effectively stimulate ourselves to having a more active workday,“ said Simon Akkaya, designer at HeijltjesAkkaya.
To learn more about the Counterweight Table, visit prooff.com.
Photography by HeijltjesAkkaya.