Shaun Pirie

Shaun Pirie

Product Design Engineering BSc

The Variant Table

Addressing the challenges of work-life balance

The Variant table is a system to address the challenges of work-life balance, caused by the encroachment of work items into the modern compact home. For this a physical furniture based product was targeted as an effective solution, which could be incorporated into a wide range of homes, due to the flexible nature of the table's construction. This product utilises a concealed two surface electric system so the table can have two defined modes for work and social periods. This is in response to the reduction of home offices, which has disappeared from the compact home. In addition, due to findings from research into the negatives of prolonged sedentary time conducted in parallel a sit-stand system is also integrated. This will allow the user to move between a seated and standing workspace to encourage physical movement, without an exposed mechanical system.