Work table meets workbench: Level and Bridge, design: Büro Uwe Fischer

It is no coincidence that the term workshop is now understood throughout the world. For meetings in a creative atmosphere, where good ideas count more than the protocol, Uwe Fischer has designed the height-adjustable table "Level" and the upholstered bench "Bridge".


Benches are, by their very nature, items of furniture that promote communication. Standing alone or grouped around a table, set up in an office, bistro or foyer, they form inviting zones which are occupied by turns. The bench Bridge, newly developed in the COR Lab, serves all these functions and is brought to "bear" in a surprising design language. "Anyone who rides to work on a skateboard or road bike will immediately think of wings, perhaps even an air mattress, with its broad upholstered areas and their deep indentations," comments Uwe Fischer. If individual benches are arranged in a row, seat serigraphs for larger rooms can be created. Versions with a greater width of 80 cm also allow people to sit back to back. Fischer, who already designed the Affair and Scope contract furniture programs for COR, interprets the contemporary workspace as an "informal zone" and makes it an adequately designed offer with the bridge-shaped bench and the new table Level. Most information, he says, is exchanged in an informal circle, in a group, while eating or talking. The bench and the table should promote such interactions as "tools" – at any location, whether public or private. The backless bench allows for every change of perspective. Sturdy, high-density upholstery foam also supports longer, comfortable sitting. A solid wooden frame – typically COR – serves as a substructure, an invisible guarantee for a long furniture life. It is to this that Uwe Fischer has devoted himself down to the last detail, the protective caps, which can be repainted again and again, at the lower end of the side panels.
Versions in fabric and leather, lacquered elements in COR lacquer or special colours

Work table for informal zones: Level

A table without grand "gestures", not an immovable, but a light-weight, transportable piece of furniture was to be created. With Level, Uwe Fischer has therefore developed a functional table in which a stand (substructure) is combined with a synthetic resin or powder-coated worktop. Using a quick-release system, its height can easily be adjusted by +/- 4 cm. In addition, simple screw connections make it simple to separate the table top and trestles quickly, so the table always stands where it is needed. "Compared to the existing collection, the work table is an experiment," explains Fischer, "somewhat atypical in its design language, but typical in its customisability and high-quality execution." Level has a signal function and breaks with the traditional status symbols of conventional office furnishings: You do not sit down passively at this table; it is a work table or meeting place. Together with the development department of COR, the prototype was extended to create an entire series of large and small, angular and round models. The manufacturer and the designers have focussed on the application areas office, meeting, bistro or foyer. The orthogonal models with frame substructures are available in widths of 160-280 cm, round tables with a central leg have a diameter of 80 cm. And it is no coincidence that the new table is called "Level": All models can also be made as height-adjustable tables at a height of 110 cm. 

Finishes: Tops are resin-coated in black/white, powder-coated surfaces in various colours, other materials on request; Underframes: Standard finish in black (powder-coated), also available at an extra charge in a wide range of COR colours/various lacquers

Brief profile Uwe Fischer

Uwe Fischer studied design at the Offenbach University of Art and Design and was co-founder of Ginbande Design in 1985. Over the following ten years, a series of conceptual works and exhibitions were created in Germany and abroad. Between 1994 and 2001, Fischer headed the Chair for Architecture/Design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Since 2001 he has been Professor of Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts. In his design office in Frankfurt am Main, the internationally renowned product designer works primarily on projects that are motivated by his interest and curiosity regarding fundamental questions of design and architecture.


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