In today’s world of work working from home is swiftly gaining currency. Having immersed themselves in the ins and outs of home office design, eight designers have presented their ideas at the “Being Home 4+4” exhibition curated by Stylepark at this year’s Orgatec (October 21-25). For the show, Stylepark nominated four established designers, each of whom got to name another designer whose work they cherish. Accordingly, Stefan Diez chose Hamburg design duo Marcel Besau and Eva Marguerre of Besau Marguerre, Sebastian Herkner nominated Sarah Böttger, while Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi of Gamfratesi selected London designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, also known as Raw Edges. Likewise on show were home office workplaces by Ineke Hans and Frankfurt-based product designer Olaf Schroeder. The exhibition was kindly supported by the electronic management specialist Evoline.
"Space and time for reflection is one of the most precious commodities. The function of the working desk is extremely crucial in a working environment, but so is the space for intimacy, concentration and storage. We aim to create an environment encompassing the actual working desk, suggesting a variety of situations and needs one has when working at home."
Raw Edges: „Last Moment“
"Nowadays, we often work from home. As we are partners in work as well as life, the boundaries between home and work often blur – like, whenever we have to finish last minute projects, our living room simply becomes an extension of our studio. There is an ongoing discussion about working from home, with many available products designed to making a home office easier. Somehow, for us at least, the result always turns out quite messy."
Stefan Diez: „The workers workroom“
"New Order Workspace Elements by Hay form a new alphabet with exceptional properties and provide an impressive versatility. If my apartment would be a 12 squaremeter room, it would probably look like this."
Ineke Hans: „Human touch & the clean desk“
"Although offices have changed dramatically over the last 20 years, the human touch has always been difficult to apprehend – especially with the creation of flexible workplaces for numerous employees. The „clean desk“ policy is another perpetual office-terror. The human touch seems to be a privilege reserved exclusively for the home-office."
Besau Marguerre: „Freiräume“
"Any living space – the Kitchen, the balcony, or even the dining room – is a potential workspace. The best ideas are seldom conceived from the desk."
Olaf Schroeder: „Parcours“
"To work means to constantly be on the move. To sit, to read. To stand, to build a model. To walk, to talk. The objects around us must adapt to this course of movement, with high or low built tables and modular furniture that can be configurated in a heartbeat – unrestrained by tools - depending on the circumstances and projects. When the ergonomics around us are vitalized, the act of thinking becomes vibrant."
Sebastian Herkner: „Transit“
"Mobile and modular furnishing systems facilitate a flexible working structure that is adaptable to ever-changing situation."
Sarah Böttger: "Parmi"
"The light and open construction creates a defined space-. Work and life permeate, but still there is room for concentration. A collection of analog instruments and private things encircle a quiet and comfortable area in the center of the room."