Lithuanian designer Aine Bunikyté uses the unique pitched roofs of historic homes to create furniture that is halfway between dreams and reality. Her Pitched Roof Furniture set is a rooftop dining experience that is definitely not for the faint of heart.
The modest dining set is quite lovely and retro-chic with its silver frames and translucent amber surfaces. What is unusual about this small table and twin chairs is the fact that they rest atop a steeply pitched roof, functional in theory but virtually inaccessible.
For those who live in tiny cramped urban homes with no patio or balcony, the Pitched Roof Furniture might be a welcome opportunity to dine al fresco. Then again, it might be a nightmare for those who don’t trust the setup’s ladder-like hook keeping it from tumbling to the ground.
The dining set isn’t intended for actual use. It is a study in paradoxes. The roof is not a roof but a floor; the dining set is perfectly usable but perfectly unreachable; the idea of enjoying a meal or a cup of coffee among the rooftops is romantic and lovely, but completely impractical.
Still, it seems reasonable to say that if a set like this actually became available as a consumer product there would be plenty of people in crowded cities willing to try it out.