“With your office in your pocket, is there really any reason to leave home?” This question sits at the heart of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair’s exhibition ‘The Post-Spatial Workspace’ (stand A26:18).
Curated and designed by architecture firm Tengbom, the exhibition explores how the office should be re-defined for our digital age to ensure its relevance.
Bringing down the walls on workplace
This is a topic close to our hearts. For the past two years, we’ve supported our client Tarkett with an ongoing campaign, Worklife, for its editorial platform, The Great Indoors.
Together with the Tarkett team, architects & designers, workplace psychologists and futurologists, we’ve explored the very same question: what does the future hold for the bricks-and-mortar office?
Proof in the pudding
In fact, it’s something we’ve explored in great detail. So far, we’ve asked 6,000 office workers across 12 countries what they want from their workspace. The results?
- It turns out that, rather than want their offices ditched completely, central workspaces are where the world’s workforce actually feels most productive – not home.
- Flexibility is desired, but in terms of when people work rather than where.
- More than anything else – and in support of the premise of The Post-Spatial Workspace – workers want some element of control over their working environment. Whether that be a quiet corner for ‘heads down’ tasks or comfier seating for collaboration.
See the full results of the Rethinking Workplace research here.
So, before being collectively resigned to our pyjamas forever, it seems the future of ‘workplace’ is, in fact, evolution and not extinction. Good news for designers, architects and furniture manufacturers everywhere.