There is an noteworthy relationship between new technology and architectural design. It’s one we’ve commented on before regarding workplace and academic design, among others. Now, take a look at how modern furniture designers are trying to design furniture for the 21st century.

Here are three different tables, all of which either harness and/or distribute energy to make our “gadgeteering” lives more productive. While we appreciate the concepts, some of the designs seem more feasible than others.

Studio Maks Cloud Table

The Cloud Table. Source: www.studiomaks.nl

The Cloud Table. Designed by Studio Maks, the Cloud Table is made with a fluid design and accommodates multiple people at one time, providing ample work space for each one. It’s augmented with wireless phone charging pads and WiFi signal enhancers. Although the Cloud Table was designed for the workplace, we can see it being used in other public seating areas as well.

The Current Table

The Current Table. Source: www.marjanvanaubel.com

The Current Table. Imagine your table surfaces being a source of energy. That’s exactly what Marjan Van Aubel imagined with the design of the Current Table. It gathers and harvests energy from natural daylight via Dye Sensitized Solar Cell, so gadgets can charge while you work.   The problem: How clear is your desk’s surface? We’re pretty clean over here but there is slim chance there would be enough exposed solar cells to actually charge anything on a regular basis. Perhaps harnessing moon or starlight is a better idea so we can clear our desks when we leave work and the cells can work their magic overnight.

cegano_smart_table

The Cegano Smart Table. Source: www.cp.de

The Cegano Smart Table. The Cegano Smart Table provides wireless charging abilities as per Qi-standard, as well as the ability to transmit digital video and audio signals for business presentations and client meetings. The touch pads can accommodate up to 4 HDMI inputs. The problem: This table is great in concept but it would only work for those specific tasks – meetings and presentations – since it needs to be pretty clear of any other clutter for the ports and wireless technology to work properly. It may not be realistic for modern, downsized work spaces.

Are you interested in designing a building or workspace that accommodates new technology? Start a conversation with Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors.