A Modern Office Refuge
One can speculate that the current way in which we are working is not entirely sustainable for human wellbeing. The modern workforce has experienced an exponential growth of data exchange at such a rate that office workers can’t quite keep up. Many employees operate in open plan offices and sub-grade workspaces. These environments are not conducive in assisting productivity and quite significantly affect the health and wellbeing of the worker.
Identified is the notion of Downtime. At present, society overlooks and undervalues this simple act. Yet there has been a plethora of scientific studies highlighting the benefits that this undertaking provides to the efficiency and wellbeing of users in the working environment. ‘A Modern Office Refuge’ examines Downtime and implements the two approaches of mindful meditation and the biophilic experience. Two intangible experiences are morphed into a tangible design space. The three-piece set is inspired by patterns derived from organic forms found in nature and forms conducive to calming activities during meditative acts. Combined are two areas for rest and contemplation, together they open up the possibility of a shared, relaxed experience.
‘A Modern Office Refuge’ aims to raise awareness of the value of Downtime and encourage us all to stand back from our frantic lives and listen within for a moment of peaceful respite.