Salone del Mobile 2017 | Workplace

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The third part of the Salone del Mobile posts is ready for your eyes at last! And this time it’s all about workplaces! It was a special section this year with Euroluce. As in our studio we have a lot of projects about office renovations imagine our enthusiasm when we found it out…It was very very interesting and we left with a lot of extra knowledge, company contacts and inspiration.
The sad thing is that in Greece now it’s quite difficult to apply or even propose(!) that avant-garde of technology but even though it’s more than good to know all these stuff.

So, at the first group of photos I have 2 big companies, Fantoni and La Palma, that impressed as a lot. With Vitra (that I missed to take photos unfortunately) had the most minimal and with elegance design without leaving out the technology and funcionality. I saw desks that you can load your preferences (from high, chair settings, lighting brightness, temperature and I don’t remember what else!) and customize them as you like, so when you change working place you can load all of them to another desk and feel like yours immediately!
Also, there is a photo from the installation A Joyful sense at work. Its purpose  is to breathe new life into the theory of office and workplace design by setting its sights squarely on people, in terms of their needs, emotions and experiences.
According to it, the workplace of the future will be adaptive, unfinished, vibrant and evolutionary, tailored to reality and capable of accommodating the comings and goings and needs of the workers and the way in which they use it. It will be smart, fast-paced, flexible, evolutionary and contemporary: human beings will be the key focus in a fast-changing environment. It will be happy, nourishing, fertile and sustainable – both environmentally and ethically, in terms of respect for people’s feelings, history, culture, diversity and rights.

Continuing with seating! In this area you can have countless choices…our favorite is Quinti and arper, with which we collaborate already and we are super happy. We love them and you can see why! Also, Andreu World had a very interesting booth design. I loved the velvet fabrics of Quinti, and even more in these dark colors, and the minimal design and elegance of arper.

We saw a lot of interesting alternatives of beautiful and contemporary workstations and shared break areas. Workplaces are cooler than ever! Some of the companies I distinguished were True, Estel, Nowy Styl Group. Sound absorbing separators, cable management, technologies, flexible break areas, organisation of working surface are some of the features that made you wanna work there! (Give me some work to do!…ok almost…)

Another characteristic was greenery! As a decorative element or as a recycling result on furniture and surfaces. As people spend more and more time at offices it’s necessary to bring nature inside and go on board with a more earth friendly style. Also I noticed a trend to offer workplaces beyond the ordinary, always have something to intrigue your imagination. Officine Tamborino, Sesta are two of them.

Last but not least, 3 companies that caught my attention: Montana, Florim and Unifor. For their design, for their products and their booths. Montana had a retro feeling and something that an architect could relate I think. Florim had a very interesting booth, with impressive xlarge surfaces that could cover anything. And very nice decoration with their materials as stationery. Unifor, on the other hand was something else. Their booth almost confusing, but with cool neon phrases on top of the walls and very very impressive tables. Super minimal workstations, desks and meeting tables with the minimum leg support, so that you couldn’t stay untouched.

I’m not sure anyone on this blog would be interested in workplaces but I thought it was mind opening to be there so I wanted to present them all to you! And, of course there were so many more companies that had a lot to say but here we have just a glimpse of the whole of it! Salone del Mobile was a huge experience in general and I hope I can make it again in the future, I hope you enjoyed these posts!

For more Salone del Mobile check the previous posts here and here

All photos taken by me and Ira Papadaki

Who’s sleeping at work?

Hypnos_the-architecture-of-sleep_sleeperie_Clerkenwell_dezeen_468_5I got you! Are you one of us that feel sleepy at work and wish there were a warm nook to go for some minutes? Now, there is hope as in some offices there is a place for naps designed and made for the employees! The truth is that a lot of researches show that napping at work improves the productiveness (daaahh!) and more and more companies embrace it. Even if you don’t want to take a nap (I don’t understand why on earth you wouldn’t but if…) you want to withdraw for some minutes and rest a bit.
For all these thoughts, and because I’m in a situation where I work a lot, I collected some examples of napping spots at workplaces or furniture especially designed for the possibility of taking a nap as also. Just to dream a little because in my country at least we are miles away from it!

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Eventbrite – San Francisco Headquarters. A very simple nook with just a hammock and calming blue colors, dedicated to resting. I don’t know about the dog!

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Here, steps ahead, a whole building is made for naps! London’s first sleeperie feels us and encourages daytime naps and I couldn’t agree more! Read more here

However, in my opinion there is a catch with all of these facilities that make the working environment so friendly and cozy like you’re at home. Because you’re not at home but you’re working so many hours per day that your work becomes your home. So, “let’s make our offices more comfortable to be able spending more hours there”. It’s a sneaky, dirty catch, I’d say!

New week – new blog thoughts

working with a viewLately I have a difficulty on posting home offices! Maybe it’s the political developments in Greece that have taken all my thoughts away in general – you just can’t focus in this uncertainty. These days that I was already working from home I always find some reason to get up, clean something, tidy up the house..(and even so it’s a mess again!).
Maybe it’s the summer that got into me and doesn’t let me even think about work..I don’t know. Especially as we go deeper and deeper in my favorite season I don’t feel like working…at all!

I think it’s the combination of these 2 reasons but the second one it’s not gonna change soon (I don’t even want to make assumptions about the first reason!), that’s why I’m reconsidering about monday’s posts. I would like your opinion though. I was thinking of cute patios instead and outdoor spaces in general, or one shot with great design details with irrelevant theme each time, sometimes it could be a dreamy workplace again. Or something else..what do you think?

Photo via This is glamorous

Home office of the week

workspace vogue livingHello again! I lost my Monday-date with the blog but I’m here today for it. The truth is with all the latest political developments in Greece I don’t have clear thinking to do anything. Not to mention working!! I have a real hard time to focus and some drawings waiting to be done!

However, I’m still trying and that’s why I thought to be inspired by a workspace like every week. This home office has everything I need for this: Rough wooden desk, very simple, design armchairs because we may be simple but our aesthetic can be hidden! Sky blue color on the wall to keep us calm and delightful like the summer sky and some irrelevant statues on the desk and some art posters to keep art and construction on the table! I shouldn’t forget to mention the fantastic sleek and chic grey floor that fits perfectly with the classic carved wooden panels around! Let’s work now…(?)

Photo source: Vogue Living

Office of the week

rafa kids deskWhen did Monday arrive again?! Bring weekend back! Or bring the next weekend now… I imagine, I could compromise with this desk though. I could do some work in such an environment if you insist… This K desk, designed by Rafa-kids is just an eye treat, so chic and delicate, simple enough and very practical! See here for more details, there are no screws or connectors outside, its finish is very smooth and it can be closed or open depending on how you want to use it. I like its multifanctionality. Also, in total white in an environment like that – parisian appartment for example is just perfect! Did you notice the book titles on the surface? Design and Architecture, of course! So, have a smooth Monday and a happy working week! Good morning!

Office of the week

07b16f273da34c3ff52af68414b70c83Good morning and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine very relaxing, yesterday I managed to tidy up my house and my stuff all over it, so I can enjoy summer in the city from now on. It was about time I must say! So, another working week starts today and I don’t know about you, I’ve stuck on weekend. I don’t feel like working at all! That’s why I chose this incredible reading nook on Santorini, Greece, it’s the only place that could keep me! Who wouldn’t like it there…It’s not exactly a workspace but it’s perfect for reading and it’s quite in the mood of the day. Have a nice week everyone! Photo source: Vilarnova

Office of the week

garden officeGood morning everyone! How do you feel this monday, ready for the new week? I’m not! I’d like some more hours of sleeping please… That’s why I chose this workspace today, to cheer me up and inspire me for work. Isn’t it a small paradise? Like you work in the jungle and this is your shady, cool working spot where you can create stuff in peace. Industrial and raw environment but with the element of nature everywhere giving a sensitive touch. Ok, now I’m ready of going out, thankfully it’s a sunny day! Have a nice week!

photo via vintage blog

Office of the week

garden home officeHello there! As I told you this weekend in Greece we had a 3days holiday as yesterday was something like a national holiday. So our week starts on Tuesday! Unfortunately I was working all the 3days of it but it was calm work, in my pace.
Another thing I love is that today I’m actually working from home! So, the “home office” post is accurate for me. I have a huge amount of work to make but I’m very concentrated here and without distractions I’m working much better. I have my balcony in front of me, with my cute plants inspire me when I need it, wearing my pyjamas and I have the fridge near for small attacks!

The above workspace in the photo is in a way close to my situation or at least an improved version of my workspace! B&W, greenary, art and design pieces!
Paper feather artwork by Μondocherry. Styling by Richardson Hall and photo by Martina Gemmola.

Happy week to all of you!

Office of the week

inspiration officeI don’t know about you but I wasn’t ready for this weekend to end! I still want some time off before this week starts. I had a very nice time this weekend and I have in front of me a very demanding week so I don’t want it to start!! Out of the blue I have in my hands some new projects to deliver and I probably will need more hours than 24 per day… So, it’s like I’m sitting in that office and waiting for some inspiration to come. Please inspiration, come quickly! Everything is white and minimal (absence of decoration!) just what is needed in such situations. Have a nice Monday (funny wish I know!) and a new week!

photo via Stil Inspiration

Office of the week

Good morning my blue flamingo friends! How was your weekend? Mine didn’t start with good vibes but thankfully continued in great circumstances, eventually it was really nice. I felt the summer coming and took care of my home just a little bit.

Today, as Monday it’s a difficult day I assume for all of us, but “home offices” are here to remind us some ideal working spaces and help us daydreem a little! This workplace is just perfect for me today because I’m in a mood of reorganizing my work. This large wooden desk and the whole wall as a moodboard (piece of art of course on the scene!) are what I loved the most.
So, let’s have a piecefull Monday and a creative week! xoxo