The Sanke Installation

Sonia Lui
MADWORKSHOP Fellow, Current

MADWORKSHOP | ArtCenter College of Design | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

Lui’s public furniture instillation, Sanke, is a new form of communal table that encourages human interaction while dining. Sitting at Sanke, individuals will be linked to each other and feel accompanied even when they dine alone.

In Summer of 2015, MADWORKSHOP sponsored a studio at the ArtCenter College of Design entitled Re-Defining Public Furniture & Fixtures Design. The studio explored how shifting social mores and evolving technology are causing adaptations in furniture and fixtures, changing how we interact with these spaces. Furnishings will play a critical role in bridging the gap between technology and the possibilities for new behaviors in outdoor space.


From the many brilliant student projects Sonia’s project stood out as an innovative piece for its potential to make positive social contributions to the urban environment. MADWORKSHOP mentored Sonia through design refinement and fabrication and partnering with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and installed her piece in their Downtown Los Angeles plaza on Grand Ave, June 2016.

Many great projects came out of the MADWORKSHOP sponsored public furniture seminar. See some of them here:

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