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BuzziTable: A place for conversations

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It is always inspiring to get to know the designer of each product. This time, Alain Gilles shares his insights about design and the story about how the new BuzziTable was born.

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Do you have any design heroes?

It would be Oscar Niemeyer. What I like from this well-known architect is what his pieces are saying and how simple they are. He did the Brazilian National Congress, with these two semi-domes inverted. The upper house is meant to be for Federal Senate, and the lower house was designed for the Chamber of Deputies. All these make sense to me because you can perceive what he is trying to say through this building. It’s not the shape itself.

Where did you find inspiration for this design?

Yes, I like these clear lines. It is simple and, in a way, it’s an archetype of a traditional dining or kitchen table—a table where people come together. It used to be a functional element. So, the inspiration came from this impression of solidity and gathering. When I design products for offices, it is essential for me to give this impression of being rooted and that they have value. Thus, it is a way for people to feel that they are valued and, consequently, they work better.

How do you see BuzziTable fitting into the philosophy of happy, healthy workspaces?

Its oval shape is a kind of a non-conflictual table. In many offices, tables are rectangular with edgy shapes. There, you feel a sort of competition between people. In contrast, the archetype kitchen table, where people help to prepare the meal together, is about sharing.

From the beginning, it was not meant to be an office table, which for BuzziSpace makes sense since you are offering solutions for workspaces with a homey feeling. Also, it is not common for an office table to have colors on the top. So, it perfectly fits in BuzziSpace’s DNA.

Its oval shape is a kind of a non-conflictual table without edgy shapes.

— Alain Gilles, Designer

Is there a common thread with this design and your other tables?

In general, what they have in common is the impression of gathering around it and reassuring people. For instance, BuzziPicNic tends to refer to anywhere but a working environment. It is about how people interact when they are in another setting, a non-stressful one.

Do you look for trends on different material and color combinations?

Since I am a designer, I am always receptive to what is happening around me. But I don’t tend to study trends. I think the combination of materials is about bringing something fresher or less expected. For me, the mix of materials is key to the reinterpretation of any piece.

Listen to our podcast, BuzziTalks, to learn more about BuzziTable and Alain's story behind the design.

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