Even as workplaces reopen, it has become apparent that working outside traditional office spaces will be more commonplace than ever before. How will design respond to this new reality, while maximizing employee productivity and supporting workspace functionality?
To further explore the future of remote work, our Emerging Professionals group hosted a virtual design charette encouraging employees to break away from their own home office routines, flex their creative muscles and let their imaginations run wild. With a prompt centered on the “new normal” of the virtual/home office environment, several teams came together to develop solutions that may not be too far out of reach in the very near future.
From a PlaceMAT with built-in tech accessories for working on the go, an entirely virtual workspace using AR/VR/MR, a flexible “work from anywhere” solution that can easily fit in a backpack, to a versatile, modular office kit-of-parts that includes a hammock for mental health breaks, each team delivered some truly fascinating concepts and a welcome reprieve for us all in these unprecedented times. Find more details on these thought-provoking creations, below, and hear from the design teams themselves.
Katie's creative passion for design makes her a perfect fit for Little's Workplace Interiors team. When she's not designing, she's orchestrating monthly educational seminars, coaching the firm's summer volleyball team, maintaining a robust materials library and leading the company's emerging professionals group. In her downtime, Katie can be found attending or planning the next industry networking event or social gathering.