Milano. Salone del Mobile 2015
04/24/2015 - 13:02

The sure sign of spring is the Furniture fair in Milano. This time Workplace 3.0 was of course especially in our interest: I was curious and loaded with some expectations of what to find in another culture and a somewhat different Central European market.

But, but… after Orgatec 2014 my personal feeling was that Workplace 3.0 was in itself in fact not very interesting which on the other hand I think is interesting in itself: Many of the presenting companies presented in two places at the fair (some also in Milan which made it three places) quite similarly revealing that we truly have come to the point where there is no longer a  great difference between the workplace, other contract areas and homes. The metamorphoses of the workplace to a more enjoyable human place to act is now fulfilled. Yes, there are more technology involved in workplaces than ever, but even technology is human -- that is subtle, invisible and of course easy to use.

From a Nordic point of view it is nice to realize that “the guru´s and prophetes” are not always from somewhere else. My view is that the Nordic countries are in fact showing the way when it comes to the new ways of working. It might be that the Nordic democracy feeds free and dynamic thinking that is the base of the activity based offices. The old fashioned hierarchy where the boss has the largest table and the most voluminous chair and thickest carpet is gone…

And yes, greens and browns are rising, but the most beautiful colours come from the real materials as has been on the home side for some time already. Ambient, monastery sort of lighting seems interesting and might need some consultancy from the sight ergonomics…

As discussed with our my dear colleagues, we all look at the fair from a different angle and look for different things. The fair always makes us think and usually makes us think in new fresh ways. The live contact with people and things reveal issues that we could never find out on the web. And yes, we found new things, things that sometimes was the last thing the sales person happened to mention, but that for us was mind blowing. We had for example already seen an idea on the web, but the nicest part of it was visually invisible and had slipped us totally.

With a thousand of photos, a slight nausea of design overdose and a head heavy of ideas we get back to our part of the world… it was worth it again!

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