- We've been asked by a french offices furniture manufacturing company called Arféo Buroform to make an desk for home workers. They wanted us to think about the space that is dedicated to work inside the house, for home workers.
- After a field research, we found out that:
- people involved were an increasing part of active population, becoming significant. There was obviously a new class of home workers, due to web 2.0 activities, but these people did not have all the same professional profiles.
In the people involved we obviously had to consider family members.
- the main issues were schedule management, space management, and cohabitation between work activity and family life inside the house.
- After a first phase of research, and among numerous leads as "modular/hidden workspace", "taking a break during work time", "outside dedicated space for work", "customizable workplace", we decided to work on the new work organisation/practices and spaces introduced by creatives start-ups.
We had in mind the 9th point of Google philosophy: "We can be serious without wearing a tie"
- These are our sources of inspiration that lead our first creative step.
- After this first step, we came up with 3 different concepts, as presented below:
- The first and the second ones allow the worker to write on the desk, with a markerboard or a or paperboard surface, whereas the third one is about mobility with its tablet.
We chose to work on the second concept, Note it, and after another creative phase, we came up with the Polichinelle desk:
- Polichinelle desk provides a paperboard's size surface. With a gesture, your work surface becomes free again. The desk works with a series of "satellites" removable made of thin metal sheet: a lectern (for a book or computer), a lamp and a storage box with lid holding the pad with magnets.
- Polichinelle can be used by creative professionals, but also organized paper work or as a creative support for families.