the largest market, followed by the United Kingdom and France. The interiors world has long been turning its attention to the way we style our homes for multi-use with almost daily advice on furniture, the way we use our space and everything from ergonomics to colour schemes. Anja Jamrozik, a Polish-born cognitive scientist who studies physical

environments, told Architectural Digest there are fi ve basic things everyone needs in a work space: natural light, a comfortable temperature, good air quality, comfortable furniture, and few distractions. Donald Rattner, a US architect and the author of the how-to guide, My Creative Space, advised: “Creativity can take place anywhere. What I think is important is that you designate a space for this creativity. Instead of shutting a door, people can create a ‘regimen of space’ — something as simple as setting out selected objects on their kitchen table, like a special place mat or a few framed photos, that tell their brain it’s time to get to work.” And Athina Bluff , designer at the London-based online interiors service, Topology Interiors, advises people to “think of tidying your desk as similar to making your bed – keeping both clean and neat will aid a tidy mind, perfect for relaxing in but also working in too”. She also suggests adding red accessories, advising: “Red is the fi rst colour the naked human eye sees, so it’s very stimulating and a pop of it will wake up the brain and boost energy and productivity.” The home offi ce concept has attracted many leading brands, keen to make their mark: the likes of Brabbu, Circu and Annie Sloan all off ering WFH- centric solutions. The Rug Society describe their Home Offi ce Air Rug as “a triumph of the geometric patterns and straight lines”. Swedish brand Ikea even picked up on the trend. Their designer

Gretchen Broussard created what they described as “The disappearing workspace trick”; a simple dining table with retractable desk space as part of their Study Stations off erings. Lakeland Furniture have added a vast range of small home offi ce chairs, many of which, they point out, “can be used as dining chairs to save space” and Pinterest has

been awash with suggestions. One German designer broke new ground by developing interior designs for a development of modern serviced apartments in Berlin. Werner Aisslinger and his studio

introduced unique co-working and communal

living theme at the

Stayery in the Friedrichshain district, combining co-working spaces with areas for relaxation and enjoyment. The texture of the fl oors guides

residents and visitors to individual areas that merge into one another. The design was inspired by its urban setting - a grey carpet resembling grained road asphalt leads from


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the entrance area to the lifts. The apartments are lined along a corridor like an ensemble of small houses with their own addresses. The hallway is fi tted with a rugged, striped carpet that resembles a pedestrian crossing. The carpet was chosen for atmospheric and acoustic reasons, with added advantages in terms of heat insulation. Easy-to-clean tiles were laid in the

entrance area of the apartments and the shared living room has a parquet fl oor, providing a domestic atmosphere promoting well-being. A designer fl oor in wood-optic look marks the private rooms; for cost reasons and to ensure a higher load-bearing capacity.

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