Our homes have taught us new behaviours
Having spent so much time at home during the pandemic, many do not want to return to the office full time. We have formed new habits and behaviours by working in our places of comfort. Each of us having a dedicated place to eat, relax and study throughout the day in close proximity. Our homes are designed around us, so they teach us a lot about our audience, how we interact as individuals and a group, and how to make the best use of space.
However, for designers, it is important to remember that the lines between the office and home shouldn’t be blurred too much for most individuals.
The need to remove the fear of uncertainty
Offices are a significant investment for companies and post-Covid, things have had to change, and in many cases, offices and spaces have had to be completely redesigned which has led us to fear what is to come in the future. Could another shift like this happen again, but in a different way?
It is important to mention that the fit-out world has also changed a lot – especially within commercial spaces due to multiple industry crashes over the years. Leases for offices are now much shorter due to people being uncertain of the future – leases used to be 25 years, now they are more like 5 years.
These events have taught us that our environments need to be more flexible and adaptable to safeguard us for the future.