Oikos designed by May Kukula

Transforming an ordinary table top into a surface where both cooking and eating become possible

October 2017
Oikos, designed by May Kukula, was presented in the exhibition Naked Objects, Nieuwe German Gestaltung #005 exhibition organised by state of DESIGN and curated by its directors Alexandra Klatt and Max Borka, during imm cologne 2017. The kitchen looks into food culture in the workplace and acknowledges the qualities of eating together in the office being a bonding factor within the team. Oikos is a table designed for creative working environments and emphasises the importance of social connection, inviting people to gather around it to work, eat, or cook together. Transforming an ordinary table top into a surface where both cooking and eating become possible, it includes electrical sockets, storage places, and an induction stove that can be covered with a lid when not in use.
The table is designed as an `island` which functions as a central meeting-point for the space members. The two meters long oak plate lays on a metal construction which can be knocked-down to a flat package. The existence of the wood as a `warm` material, creates a great contrast to the industrial black powder coated metal profiles, which draw a fine and elegant silhouette. The table top includes electrical sockets, storage place and an induction stove which is covered by a lid when not in use. This setup allows the table to be used both for working and cooking. For further storage space, the table consists of four large metal drawers in different sizes which located under the tabletop. To provide location flexibility, which is needed in many open working spaces, the table was designed as a two-wheeled wagon which can be lifted and pushed away. At the height of one meter, the table makes it easy to work while standing and emphasises on the dynamical workflow which characterises nowadays creative and co-working spaces.

DAMN°64 Food presents products that are creating waves in the kitchen. Says Productivity editor Patrizia Coggiola about the Medium Dry trend:

"The interior design of the kitchen has gained a warm look. Gone is the minimalistic trend of bare stone slabs and metres-long brushed-steel surfaces. Now there’s a gentle hybrid blending, where natural wood contrasts with industrial black powdercoated metal profiles and lavish surfaces with textures that complement smooth white marble, or where traditional oiled-oak meets grey travertine stone, creating a tactile and immersive experience."