Singapore, 3rd February 2014
As I am preparing to go to the airport for my meeting in Jakarta tomorrow (early meeting so I am forced to do an overnighter), I recall an article I read this morning when I had my breakfast coffee at a local coffee shop, describing the new trend of ‘hot-desking”. Sounds hot and interesting so that’s why I read it and then thought if it would work in a lighting design practice.
Hot desking basically is the creation of a more flexible work space environment where office (desk) space can be shared according to need. With office space becoming more and more expensive many companies have been looking at reducing that costs by creating open plan offices and desk spaces that can be shared, doing more with less. Certainly with most people nowadays operating with portable laptops and Ipads, moving around is becoming easier and easier.
To me hot desking seems to be a trend that has been around in creative offices for a long time. As far as I can see we move about sometimes take our laptop to the café nearby and have our meetings/ discussions there. I already operate some of my offices as a SOHO, a small office, home office, make maximum use of space, home and office. It makes life for me at least much easier, safes tons of costs. Also the more intimate and cosy feel of the officies which feel more like a work space at home, seem quite conducive for creative work. It feels a bit like sustainability to me, we used to do that as a common sense and professional work approach, it just got a name. Now it seems the same with work space arrangements, it just got a new name…hot desking 🙂
Light Watch 5-14: As we are talking about hot desking here are some hot and not so ordinary desk lamps: