AntiGrav Workstation: Defy Gravity with Suspended Furniture – Sketchbook Friday

Working on the AntiGrav Workstation concept designs for Edition #08 of Sketchbook Friday, my challenge was to re-imagine home furniture. My brainstorming led me to design a series of desk space that folds out from the ceiling. This concept providing extra space at ground level, while also conveniently forcing the user to keep the desk clear and organised. Let’s dive into the plans.

Suspending Furniture from Above

The first step towards generating my sketches was to simply illustrate some standard workspace furniture (i.e. Chair & table). Instead of illustrating some fancy shapes I decided to flip the furniture so that the legs hang from above, naturally this meant I would need to suspend the furniture from above.

One of the great selling points of the AntiGrav Workstation would be the ability fold into small spaces out of the users way. I would also argue that the ability to fold away desks also promotes rest and breaks from work. Perhaps there’s a genuine psychological benefit to transforming a space relative the users needs? The only way to find out is to explore unconventional ideas which is what this blog series is all about.

Alternative forms and styles

These workstations might come in a variety of forms and styles, depending on the user. Commercial businesses might employ workstation’s with sleek steel finishes with custom tools suited to specific tasks. Alternatively home users might prefer more customisation, shapes and forms from circular chairs with cushions to hybrid forms more suited to sleep.

Practicality and Safety

Naturally users being suspended in the air would require an extra degree of safety precaution over standard forms of furniture. The height level of floating “AntiGrav” furniture however would greatly depend on application, most home workstations could easily suspend at bunk bed height for example.

In terms of practicality, these Workstations would also more than likely never replace standard desk solutions. However the added dimension of being able to draw, read and work from a higher perspective might lead to a greater sense of freedom, even if just to provide extra perceived space in busy family/work environments.

Final thoughts on the AntiGrav Workstation

Personally I feel I would benefit from this type of workstation. My work desk takes up perhaps 5x2ft of square space, yet above is an empty ceiling offering no practical functionality, why not use it and save ground space? I have to admit though, I’m always moving furniture around room in an attempt to squeeze out extra space so perhaps I might be the only user of the AntiGrav Workstation.

What are your thought’s on this edition of Sketchbook Friday, would you ever install an AntiGrav in your home? Let us know in the comments.

This edition is part of my weekly blog series where I conduct thought experiments and generate new concept ideas ranging from innovative new tech to creative design kits. Ideas that receive the most shares will evolve form my original sketches to prototypes and potentially crowdfunding campaigns.