This image takes me back to Paris. Long tables filled with neighbors, some familiar, some not, all brought together in the community of sharing a meal. This simple design element of a long continuous table, imposes a behavior on the space. A necessary connection made by proximity. This intimacy, often only found in settings like small cafes or our own homes, is suddenly scaled to a much larger group. It effects not those just at the table, but the room as a whole, and the larger culture of community. A simple design choice, yet a powerful message of welcome. The idea of a long table where all can gather, is a wonderful element supporting connection and collaboration in the spaces we inhabit, whether at work, in our communities or at home. Try it. Especially in the warm season, a collection of tables ganged together out of doors where available space is no issue, creates a lovely opportunity to connect. Enjoy!
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