Key facts

Santiago Dining Table
Santiago 02
René Šulc >
Architonic ID:
Czech Republic
Manufacturer groups :
Tables-Dining tables >
Tables-Dining tables >

Product description

A square or rectangular dining table with a clean design and well-considered details. The absence of a table apron makes it easy to pair the table with chairs with armrests or with standard wheelchairs. The bottom of the tabletop has a groove on each side to assist diners in pushing themselves back and/or rising from the table. The decorative print on the tabletop creates a homelike feel and avoids the need for a tablecloth, which can complicate rising as well as movement around a table.

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Accessible furniture without any stigma: TON introduces the Santiago 02 collection

Emphasising stability, ergonomics, functionality and design. TON introduces Santiago 02 – a new collection designed for people with limited mobility by the Czech designer René Šulc.

The Santiago 02 collection was influenced by an extensive consultation with clients and staff of rehabilitation and senior care facilities. “In our consultation sessions respondents placed great emphasis on comfort and security. They wanted sturdy furniture that would not roll away when they grabbed it or leaned on it. And comfort was also key because many clients suffer from bedsores and calluses,” outlined the designer René Šulc the collection’s key features. The collection includes nine products – electric recliner, relaxation chair with and without a headrest, double and triple relaxation settees, footrest, folding screen, dining chair and dining table.

The basis of the collection is solid, beech wood construction, which is further strengthened on chairs and armchairs with the help of elongated armrests and handrails. “These provide great support during seating and rising. On the relaxation chairs the armrests are extended around the rear of the backrest to provide a handrail, making it easier to move around the furniture. The table has a special groove on the underside to help diners seat themselves or push and pull their chair,” explained Šulc. The chairs, armchairs and accessories use a range of ergonomic elements that ensure both comfort and stability. “For example, the gently undulating, leaf-like shape of the relaxation chair simulates the feeling of a warm embrace. Coupled with a careful selection of PUR foams of varying firmness for the headrest and the backrest, the shape of the chair secures a person in the proper seating position and creates a sense of comfort and stability,” elaborated the designer.

The collection’s distinctive form comes from another finding from the consultation. “Users placed great emphasis on the importance of a home-like atmosphere, and that’s why I wanted to remove – at least visually – any stigma attached to hospital facilities and helplessness,” stressed the designer. In his design Šulc aimed to come as close as possible to a classic chair or settee while incorporating all the key ergonomic and functional elements required for people with limited mobility. The materials used in the collection also help to create a cosy home-like feeling. “As a natural material, wood is perceived by users as pleasant, timeless and homey,” added Šulc.

During consultation, care facility personnel placed further emphasis on practicality, easy maintenance and easy manoeuvrability. “For example, the option to have a different colour for the seat than the backrest helps to hide unsightly stains. Also, the electric recliner can be charged overnight and then moved to wherever needed with the help of swivel wheels,” explained the designer. Removable tray table, pillows of varying sizes, retractable armrests and adjustable foot and headrests are additional elements that make the recliner practical for both professional health care settings as well as home care.

The name of the collection was inspired by the main character in the novel The Old Man and the Sea by the American writer Ernest Hemingway. Just like all other products made by TON, the collection is thoroughly tested by a range of mechanical and static stress tests. “As a designer I often reflect on the meaning of my work. With this collection I feel a great sense of satisfaction,” added Šulc in conclusion.