Camp Tables

Reclaimed local wood

When we created the Camp Tables we wanted to keep the design honest, like the traditional outdoors camp tables collaborated with the old trunks tied together on-site. The Camp Tables are made from salvaged old construction materials with the original thicknesses conserved. The passage of time and use is still visible on the table tops.

Ideal territory

Terrestrial human activity is accelerating disproportionately to available resources. We arrive at a pivotal and critical moment for the survival of the human species, and have three years to rethink all our uses and our eco-systems, to re-calibrate them with a degree of urgency similar to that of a world war. Without this, and according to James Anderson of the Climatology-Atmospheric Chemistry Department of Harvard (USA) in an interview published in the spring of 2018, human extinction will begin. A real decrease is therefore imperative, a new ecology of the human environment, as approached by the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019. Since 2017, the independent design studio Ralston & Bau has committed to creating a design idealistic to decode the complexity of our world and connect people and shared spaces. Practicing transformative design, Ralston & Bau takes ideas to action and complex questions to the essential object.

The ideal territory is an immersion: a collective exploration in your context, school, city.
The challenge is clearly to transform and (re) enchant our society without delay so that it is regenerating.
We thus immersed ourselves collectively and individually in shared local spaces, met people we learn through empathic observations and interviews. In this urgent need for change, the solution lies in circular principles: we need to rethink everything for short cycles and networks that have little impact. We shared, visualised and tested these reflections via installation, proposals of tangible and activable uses: the Ideal Territories.

Reclaimed tables

The Camp Space Table is a dining table that defines its own space in the room. The looming structure built up in the air is able to give a larger presence to the actual size of the table within the room. The upper horizontal beam is an integrative part of the design. Solutions that are being developed are a quilted curtain and hanging lighting to be attached to the beam. This means that the table can be transformed into an intimate workspace by simply adjusting the quilted curtain to protect the space visually and from sounds.

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