Ridged Roof Furniture
by Ainė Bunikytė


You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on top of your sloping roof using this furniture by Lithuanian design graduate Ainė Bunikytė (+ slideshow).

Ridged Roof Furniture by Ainė Bunikytė

Entitled Ridged Roof Furniture, the transparent perspex table and two accompanying chairs can be secured to any building with a pitched roof and are attached to a ladder that hangs over the central ridge.

Ridged Roof Furniture by Aine Bunikyte

The rooftop seating area currently offers a view of the city from above the Užupis art incubator in Vilnius, but is inaccessible to anyone without their own ladder.

Ridged Roof Furniture by Ainė Bunikytė

Bunikytė was inspired by childhood memories of climbing onto rooftops to create the furniture for her graduation project at the Vilnius Academy of Art.

Ridged Roof Furniture by Ainė Bunikytė

Other graduate projects from this year include a tactile speaker and a set of tools controlled by mouth movements.

Ridged Roof Furniture by Ainė Bunikytė

Photography is by Kernius Pauliukonis.

Ridged Roof Furniture by Ainė Bunikytė

Here's some text from the designer:

Ainė’s Bunikytė’s work is a table served on a ridged roof, it calls for a sip of tea over the old town while promising a romantic adventure. The cause of this object - to present vision, an offer to find a personal space, to dive deep into the dream envisioned by Ainė. Just as far the author believes, nobody has ever made any furniture for an angled rooftop.

The art design project with a series of future proposals and a realized one was presented for her graduation from master studies in Vilnius Academy of Art. This para-functional invitation – is a result of three years of research based on function paradoxes within design objects and designed spaces.

One of the most important element in the project is human’s inherent wish to find one’s own space, to have a secret, to differ, to find such place from which one could watch others but could stay unseen at the same time. The other aspect is a will to be higher, to be raised over the ground – this is the instinct of safety.

The idea was inspired from the author’s enjoyment to spend time on roofs and from admiration of old roofs since childhood.

Like other author's design projects, such as interior space, the furniture is designed in a non-logical sequence, using paradox as a principle, but still it invites, enhances charm and wish since it comes from a dream.

The roof also becomes para-functional since it gains a new function – it becomes a floor. It’s a paradox that the table and the chairs would be almost functional if they weren’t unreachable. By defying conventional practice the furniture is balancing between the imaginary and the real. In our minds it creates a scenario of using it, but is still unusable. The invitation is even more stimulating since the transparent surfaces don’t hide but show what would wait for us.

A clear contradiction there lets the work to be assigned as a critical design object. The unusual format of presentation enables a wider spread of such practices as art design and especially critical design – not many of such works exceed the borders of meta-culture institutions and reach a wider audience.

The furniture interacting with surrounding architecture and beautiful panorama turns the city into a huge gallery in which the work is exposed.

This visionary furniture is created for Vilnius Oldtown roofs, most of which are pitched, but it becomes an interesting start and a suggestion to form such roof culture in the whole world. This is a proposal for a new conception of public space.

Created as art design object and presented on 3rd July, 2012, encouraged by lots of positiveness and curiosity, this academic project will become usable design work. Patents are pending for this project as well as for other ridged roof furniture units, and we are about to realize the idea in the nearest future.

The table and the chairs may be seen this summer on the roof of Užupis art incubator in Vilnius.

  • Slice

    This is amazing. Well Fraking Done.

  • sam

    During several summers of laboring I have spent many a day sitting on roofs thinking that the ridge of a roof has the best viewpoint of a town, which few get to enjoy. This is brilliant.

  • Daniel

    Great idea though the quality of this creation drops along its materialization: this furniture can’t be used for real, because they were not made to support a human being, they are only decorative, that is why there is no pictures with real people (or at least author herself sitting on one of these chairs). And for this reason, this design object is quite declarative.

  • Jeremy

    “Le style moderne c’est le toit plat. L’engagement moderne c’est l’accès au toit.” – Marc Barani

    Not sure how to translate it properly…. hope one of Dezeen’s readers will feel more confident with that. I really like this project. We should find simple ways to enjoy our built environment 100%.

  • yocu

    The apotheosis of mental insanity.

  • thekristaps

    That plywood construction can hold two people???

  • Has.

    I guess workaholism is popular in Vilnius.

  • This is a very strategic and romantic location for a date. Also, the view of the city and the fresh breeze as you sip your hot coffee would make such a date something to cherish and remember. However I don’t think wine should, at any cost, be served on the roof; the possibility would not be a lively sight.

    • Diego

      Oh come now Chantay – live a little! Your very notion of turning this into a romantic spot changed my whole mindset on the project, and… I must admit what a view! Wine + sunsets + belay line so that there is no chance to ever lose one another out of that romantic embrace.

  • SCC

    I can only guess that designers have no health and safety responsibility in Lithuania. Nice idea, but it should probably remain just that.

  • Romantic, but pointless.

  • Dan

    Hmm, sitting on top of the roof is sure to be exhilarating, but a better view would make it breath-taking!

  • It could be quite challenging to get down safely after a couple of large G&Ts and a full-bodied bottle of Rioja.

  • k_r

    No one seems to be worried about the woman who would wear a skirt or dress to this romantic date… uh oh!

  • Maybe. In most countries a roof protects primarily against rain. Depending upon the nature of the building, the roof may also protect against heat, sunlight, cold, snow and wind.

  • I don’t think the structure is sound enough to hold people, either. One bad move and the unlucky human would experience the painful truth about gravity. If they could build a terrace supported by steel and surrounded by glass, then it would be a lovely spot for a safe, romantic moment.

  • This is an amazing idea!