Catching up on our previous topic, we find that one of the greatest effects of the emerging models of work, is that the boundaries between home and office have become more obscure. We dress, behave, socialise and produce work, very similarly in two environments which are substantially and programmatically very distinctive. As work is not only something that we do at the office, the typology of a house and a workspace have converged as well. The office became more domestic and our homes feel now more like casual workspaces.
1 – Let’s look on one side first: why did the office become like the home? Many factors have played a role, among which technology, and the easiness of communication.
2 – Designers have even dubbed a term for it, “resimertial”, a commercial setting that has homely characteristics. Minted’s office in San Fransisco, an online marketplace of independent artists and designers, is a perfect example of the resimertial style.
3 – On the other hand, many people believe that since technology has enabled us to work remotely, home is the new office and these are 20 reasons why it is way better.
4 – And if you are wondering how it can happen, here are a few tips for a productive work session at home.
5 – But can everyone work from home? Until now, it seems that on the contrary, most people still commute to get to their workplace. If you are wondering what is stopping the majority of employees from working from home, why not read this article?
6 – Aesthetically, it seems to work. These are a few examples that blur the boundaries between work and home, from rooms modelled on Airbnb apartments to a workplace featuring a black-painted napping room.
7 – Some companies have even developed clothing lines that respond to this trend, and aim for a “fluid outfit”, not really casual and not really workwear, but ideal for commuting.
8 – However, John Harris at The Guardian has a somewhat more dystopian take on the trend, as he ascertains that “in a world of digital nomads, we will all be made homeless.”
So, where does the future find us work? Is the office obsolete, or remains just an extension of our homes? The remote working revolution may take off soon, but time will tell.
Until then, I have some big news for you! The submissions for the THINKING competition are open! Go here to send us your hopefully award-winning design proposals!
That’s all till next time –