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You Want Smarter, More Collaborative Students? First, Fix The Tables

With modular components, Studio Makkink & Bey creates work surfaces that encourage group projects.

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Everyone lauds the benefits of collaboration, and yet students usually sit apart from one another, stuck behind their individual desks. The Dutch designers Rianne Makkink & Jurgen Bey have updated the classic trestle table into a flexible system that stretches to accommodate group projects.

One or two trestle desks can be combined with a larger tabletop to form an elongated work surface. The longest table can also be used as a vertical or horizontal easel, with the metal ridge used for joining the tables together doubling as a utensil holder. The extension pieces, made from high-pressure laminate, can be folded and stacked into a colourful display when not in use.

Brilliant—and just the thing to help foster early collaboration—but sadly not yet a reality. Makkink and Bey are still looking for a manufacturer. Email them at studio @ jurgenbey.nl (no spaces).