2015 Milan Furniture Fair - A Vision for a New Work Environment
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Who doesn't dream about a new work environment? One that does away with the dreary cubicle maze that many of us toil away in? An exhibit at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair had some solutions to cure the work space blahs. The Milan Furniture Fair (or Salone del Mobile) happens once a year in April and is ground zero for new design trends. The Workspace 3.0 area of the fair focused on new ways of working and products for inhabiting the spaces in which we work. One of the major exhibits was architect Michele De Lucchi’s "The Walk." "The Walk" is a vision of the office of the future and was composed of four thematic areas which were linked by a looping walkway that is designed to give you different perspectives on ongoing office life. The four thematic areas were Club, Free Men, Agora and Laboratory. “Club” is reminiscent of hotel and airport lounges and is both welcoming and comfortable and includes areas where you can exchange thoughts and socialize. “Free Men” is the place for you to nourish the independent creative process and is meant for both individual and group work. The “Agora” is for gathering people, whether it is for meetings, conferences, presentations, etc. It is an area to share ideas, information and opinions. “Laboratory” is where the creative process takes shape. Documents, presentations, images, 3D prototypes, etc are all produced here. Michele De Lucchi said: “We should think of the workspace as a gymnasium for the mind, conceiving it as a place where relationships generate new ideas and possibilities. Offices of the future should be visualized with the focus on lifestyles unfettered by convention, evolving spaces that perpetuate an endless stream of new ideas.” While most of us won’t have the opportunity to work in such a work environment, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your workspace to avoid the cubicle doldrums. A stylish and comfortable desk chair and beautiful table lamp or task light go a long way! Image Sources: 1st Image: Habitania . 2nd - 5th Images: Ways of Working .