Allard Roeterink

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Eilandtafel

While living on the residential KNSM-island in Amsterdam, we noticed that most people only slept there, and had little contact with their fellow islanders.
As part of a municipal competition, we designed a large table, in the shape of the island, with outlines of the buildings. To get more locals involved, we drew a game path along the table, and every resident could decide what would be on the card closest to his address; it could be a rule ["jump 20 steps forward"] or an image. Companies paid a little for their own cards. We held a trial workshop where more than 100 residents designed their game rules and images on a make-shift test table.
The real table and benches were built from reused teak wood by local carpenters Kees Pet and Klaas de Groot [Wij maken alles] on the island. The finished table soon took its place amongst residents and visitors.