The home-office: visions from Salone del Mobile 2013

This year, Milan’s theme was labeled  “Interiors of Tomorrow”, which is no surprise because this is what we expect to see at the epicenter of design scene. Among  the visions of tomorrow there was a special focus on office space and on the blurring of boundaries between home and office.

The “liquid office”, following the shape of our changing habits and jobs. We are learning to understand the rising of small businesses, free lance working and professionals conducting their business in a schedule that is no more limited to 8 hours office.

The question therefore is: if home is the new office, how do we structure this environment?

When working from home, the separation or delineation of the working space may – but may be not – be important. Or think about co-working spaces and shared offices, often we do not see here a traditional office plan but more a conversational and flexible environment. As Jean Nouvell, the french architect whom curated the Milan exhibition dedicated to office spaces, suggests,  there should be less separation between the furniture produced for home and the furniture produced for offices. Furniture is for both home and offices.

I am used to write at the dining table, I open my little writing shop during weekends and after dinner. It reminds me when I was a child, and those afternoons bent on dining table doing my homeworks.

Or sometimes I curl on the sofa and work at my laptop from there.

Designers are beginning to envisage solutions for these moments, when we need a little bit of  isolation, but we do not want to stand apart. When we need to switch on and plug in our electronic devices, without shuffling  our feet on cables and chargers. Or when we like our perspective to move from one space to another by simply revolving a cabinet or opening a table. Good design feed productivity by being functional (just the right amount of design), ergonomic, and pleasant to senses.


A Muuto interior: Split Table


Hella Jongerius for Vitra: Sphere table


A shield, a bubble of reflection, a peekaboo…


CH110 by Carl Hansen & Son. Designed in 1970 by Hans Wegner for CEO offices, today perfectly blended in this industrial style open space.

rewrite 02 by Ligne Roset

The danish-italian duo GamFratesi has designed for Ligne Roset a cocoon-desk with underneath a slot for cables. It is called Rewrite, an invitation to rethink tradition.

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This year for Ligne Roset, Gamfratesi designers duo has presented Nubo, an ingenious cabinet desk to hang on the wall.

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Nubo, an homage to the optimistic tones of the sixties. When closed, you can use it as pinboard.

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Lives and works in Turin (Italy). Researcher and slow blogger on Scandinavian design, past and present. Randomly on Twitter, CristinaVi


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