Architecture & Design

Team trumps all

Wood Team Teamwork

A new spin on the office: Bene brings fresh pep into the office with the TIMBA Table and TIMBA Stool, designed by PearsonLloyd, offering the best conditions for creative cooperation and dynamic teamwork.

Cooperation is the key word. Employees shift back and forth between meeting rooms, places and spaces for communication, team and project work, workshops and desks. TIMBA, the new furniture line from Bene, was developed especially to create a pivotal point of focus for teams in modern office landscapes.

TIMBA Table and TIMBA Stool take you by surprise with their solid oak construction and rotating features. The oak legs of the table and stools convey stability and warmth. The round swivel base brilliantly provides the team access to power and the network via the “Power Bowl” in the centre of the TIMBA Table. The TIMBA Stool’s round, swivelling seat surface ensures optimal freedom of movement during discussions and promotes dynamism and interaction. When people are relaxed in terms of their posture, they remain flexible and open to new ideas.

A table for the team

“Meetings in the office are no longer events you always go to a separate room to conduct. They are just as likely to be quick, unplanned, and informal. TIMBA was developed for an open type of cooperation that is done at a shared table; it fills precisely that gap between informal collaboration and the formal setting delivered by traditional meeting rooms.” (Tom Lloyd, PearsonLloyd)

TIMBA Table constitutes a central location that supports the collective activity of teams. Its spectrum of use extends from project work to celebrations in the office. “In designing our new team table, we wanted to evoke a mood of confidence and energy, and an atmosphere that encourages positive thinking and easy communication”, explains Tom Lloyd. “Just like at home, the communal table is emerging as a key space in the work place. A place to meet, eat, speak, create ideas, drink coffee, and dream of a better future.”

Wood – Cosy touch

Wood is the defining design feature of TIMBA. The name was also selected for its phonetic allusion to the English word for processed wood “timber”. There is also a cone-shaped percussion instrument that goes by the same name: a good synonym for energy and the right flow for encouraging teamwork. And a symbol for movement and dynamism. The legs of the TIMBA Table are made of solid oak. They are slightly flared and taper down towards the floor. The high-quality natural material wood conveys high regard, stability, and warmth. It creates a cosy atmosphere and forms a powerful counterpoint to the cool asceticism of conventional modular furniture. “The TIMBA Table celebrates the re-emergence of crafter wooden products to the workplace - a natural sustainable material that adds warmth to what is too often a hard technical environment”, says Tom Lloyd. “The informality is important. The timber leg is important. Not so serious as metal, more human than formal spaces might require.”

Power Bowl – Clever cable management

One special detail of the TIMBA Table is the clever swivel plate in the middle of the table top. It provides elegant cover for the recessed hollow of the “Power Bowl” and its power and network connections. At the same time, the swivel plate fulfils a function as a decorative tray that can host pens, notebooks, and other accessories, even a birthday cake. If people want to plug in their devices, the swivel plate can be easily and simply rotated to the side – and all of the plugs are instantly within reach. “The Power Bowl is generous and easy and fun. It offers lots of space for the typical mess of tangled cables. The swivel plate makes all of that simply disappear”, says Tom Lloyd.

The swivel plate is also available – next to models in white MDF or powder-coated anthracite – in a “true-to-style” solid natural oak. This makes it harmonise perfectly with the table legs. The vertical cabling from the table to the floor is facilitated by a mesh tube. The TIMBA Table is also available upon request without cable management, which can turn it into an attractive team player in the cafeteria, canteen, or anywhere else where analogue activity is the focus.

Top form – high form

The table top of the TIMBA Table is available in four versions: round, rectangular, square with rounded edges, or square with softly curving edges. The smallest table surface is a circle with a one-meter diameter, and the largest is a 140cm x 320cm rectangle. A big team of up to twelve people can assemble around this table.

“Meetings are also more and more likely to be held standing rather than sitting. This promotes blood flow and resists tiredness”, says the designer. This is why the new table comes in two heights: one for sitting (740mm) and one for standing (1070mm). The latter is called the TIMBA Table high. The standing-height model has table legs and a table frame that is reinforced with metal struts that are varnished black or white. This guarantees the greatest stability, even up to the largest table top of 110cm x 320cm.

The TIMBA Table high allows lots of spontaneity. If you provide high seating furniture – for example, the TIMBA Stool high – people can sit comfortably yet also simply roll up for a round of discussion. Coming and going, sitting or standing – communication always stays at eye level. This is a situation that is currently in very high demand for more informal zones.

The legs of the TIMBA Table are made of solid oak - stained in a natural or graphite finish - connected to a frame made of shaped wood, varnished in platinum or anthracite.

Laid-back stools

A table seldom remains alone. “TIMBA Table works with several chairs”, explains Tom Lloyd, “because the design language is light, inviting, and comfortable.” Nevertheless, the British designers also crafted new stools at sitting and standing heights that fit perfectly with the TIMBA Table: The TIMBA Stools. In both of their height variants, the Stools have four slightly flared, solid oak legs that taper down to cone-shaped feet, and are available in natural or graphite colours. The high-quality natural material conveys stability and a charming, cosy touch. The stool’s round seat surface offers a surprise: It can swivel, ensuring optimal freedom of movement during a meeting. Above all, it enables everyone to assume their own position at the table and easily turn, with a light rotation, away from or towards other team members. The upholstered seat is made of high-quality, glass-fibre-reinforced plastic in off-white or dark grey, and it can be covered with all of the fabrics, leathers, and colours of the Bene Spectrum. It is also available with a backrest that provides more support and a place to put things onto.

Quickly announced meetings, spontaneous discussions, and teamwork at standing height are becoming increasingly popular. This is why TIMBA Stool High is a brilliant partner for TIMBA Table high. The higher TIMBA Stool High is equipped with a “true-to-style” dark grey foot ring that provide a comfortable perch for the legs.

Designer Tom Lloyd: “The TIMBA Stool is elegant. It is simple and efficient, just like any stool, but has a hidden seat rotation that transforms the product into something much more useful. It combines modern, technical excellence with the humanity of natural materials.”

The TIMBA Stool has a place in all informal zones for collaboration and teamwork in contemporary offices – everywhere where short, dynamic interactions take place. The TIMBA Stool’s features make it a new type of seating furniture around which everything revolves, and not just in office zones: the TIMBA Stool cuts a great figure in other areas, such as cafeterias, as well as in the home.


Désirée Schellerer

Public Relations Manager

TIMBA Table, TIMBA Stools & Bay Chair

TIMBA Table, TIMBA Stools


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