For almost a year we have been wondering about the new WOWs accelerated by the pandemic and about the future of the workplace in a new normal that we hope is soon. Together with Sedus we have decided to treat these issues with a “light” approach.
Four Milanese architectural firms – COIMA Image, CBRE, E45, OneWorks – helped us and, during the Tea Time Party on 24 March 2021, explained what their customers are asking today and how a workplace can be rethought in order to works even after the pandemic.
These designers also agreed to play with us, experimenting and documenting in front of our camera how they themselves work.
Not the usual webinar, but an hour of informal discussion and fun.
It all began with the “Collaboration & Beyond” research carried out by Sedus, which it carried out with Osservatorio Smart Working of the Politecnico di Milano.
During the Tea Party, Lorenzo Maresca, Sedus managing director, summarized the main factors emerged from the survey that also inspired the new range of furnishings se: lab.
Some of these furnishings are equipped with wheels to make flexibility and reconfigurability even higher and this suggested the title Working On Wheels to the project.
We asked the architects involved to use se: lab collection in their daily work, while designing work environments.
We filmed them interacting with each other, with the furnishings and with the space, while they explain to us what companies ask architects, while they tell us how we work today and how we can rethink a workplace that works even after the pandemic.
The Tea Party was a moment full of constructive ideas for the hypothesis of an increasingly collaborative workplace.
The anthropological analyzes of dr Gabriele Masi on the role of office furniture have opened up new perspectives.
What is striking in all the videos is how the furniture can become a mediator to reinsert the body and corporeality in our daily work routine which is now “distant” and “virtualized”.
We can speak of a new “ergonomics of bodies“, including, not only the wellbeing of a single body, but what this body does and encounters in space.
These video clips show furnishings can promote a collaboration also expressed through corporeality, and show the happiness of returning to regain possession of a space.
Here are the four 1-minute documentary videos featuring the protagonists: