Space becomes liquid. What was once only a domestic environment, ready to welcome people home from work, has now become a home office. A hybrid space, a mixture of dwelling and workplace, meeting the needs of its inhabitants thanks to versatile furnishings that adapt to new lifestyles. Living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and other spaces in the home are transformed to contain workstations and to allow private and working life to coexist in harmony, blending and offering functional spaces for concentration, thanks to desks, seating, bookcases and lamps that respond to operational necessities.
In an ideal composition for the studio zone of a house, the Kobe desk by Newform Ufficio is directly built into the wall unit, with an adjustable, personalized bookcase to store volumes and documents.
A response to needs of hybridization is also supplied by the independent mobile workstation Touch Down Unit, designed by Studio Klass for UniFor. TDU, with vanishing wheels, is a rectangular worksurface placed over a closed volume that opens when used to provide two accessorized cabinets. Minimalism and the use of metal go into desks that reinterpret their role in a contemporary way.
Novelist, the desk designed by Christophe Pillet for Lema, has a base composed of two crossed legs in shiny chrome-plated metal, supporting a top in Canaletto walnut. The small thickness contains two lateral drawers and a pencil compartment, and the desk comes with a cowhide pad.
20.Venti Home and Home Light designed by 967ARCH for MDF Italia stand out for the same steel section of 2×2 cm and a high level of personalization in terms of colors and finishes.
Steel is also used for the minimalist bracket that supports the wooden platform of the Rail Desk by Menu, created by the Japanese designer Keiji Ashizawa to explore the way we use space (Rail Desk is a desk, a counter or a bookshelf).
Era Scrittoio by Living Divani, designed by David Lopez Quincoces, stands out for its graphic lines and its refined combinations of materials and hues. It stands on steel legs on which to fasten brass feet; under the veneered top, a drawer and an open compartment offer space for objects and papers.
Shelving and bookcases provide order and subdivisions of spaces, as in the case of Seiton by Stellar Works, a flexible modular storage system designed by OEO Studio. The product can be configured in two ways: against the wall, or as a freestanding room divider. In both cases, the design plays with the horizontal placement of shelves in walnut or oak, and the vertical presence of steel supports.
Designed by Wolfgang Tolk in 1995, with protruding shelves, the Load-it bookcase system is a Porro classic, presented in the new variant with steel shelves and wall panels in natural canneté, alternating horizontal and vertical lines to create an intriguing pattern on the wall.
Agapecasa offers Cavalletto by Angelo Mangiarotti, a furnishing system entirely made in wood, whose characteristic module is a trestle with an overturned V form that can support bookshelves or closed cabinets.
Johan van Hengel has designed Folded Shelves for Muuto, a metal system that imitates the look of folded paper and responds perfectly to the need for organization of objects used for work.
The wellbeing of those who work at home is also connected with correct natural lighting and the proper choice of lighting fixtures. Flos proposes Oblique by Vincent Van Duysen, a table lamp with a patented asymmetrical optics, ideal for work areas. The base has a built-in wireless charging system for smartphones.
The Workaround lamp by Nemo is a light, compact object, but at the same time it can clearly set boundaries for the surrounding workspace, providing not only the necessary light but also all the practical tools one usually finds on a desk: computer connections, USB ports and wireless charging.
Transformation is the key term for Madia 36e8 by Lago, designed by the CEO and Head of Design Daniele Lago, a sideboard which thanks to a simple gesture can become a handy desk. It offers the comfort of a fold-back desk and the flexibility of a space-saving sideboard, to close back up after use.
The Kali Board 90 system by Clei contains a single bed, which when not in use can become a desk. The system passes from the nighttime to the daytime version, without removing anything from the large desktop, which pivots and is horizontally positioned under the bed.