The concept of home as a place to unwind after work has changed dramatically in a short time. The current home interior has evolved from a safe, quiet haven into a place filled with a variety of functions. Now it is a hybrid living space where work, creativity and relaxation should be combined.
The events of 2020 have seen the idea of an open plan living space interior transformed into its opposite, primarily due to the need for privacy for each family member. The popular design idea of the “room within a room” responds to this urgent need for refuge by providing the answer to how to create a barrier between work and personal life through design means.
French designers the Bouroullec brothers have teamed up with British company Established & Sons to develop the Grid system, which provides a framework for modular seating, shelves, tables and screens. All available elements can be integrated in a variety of ways to create a playful and multifunctional interior suitable for informal meetings, presentations and get-togethers.
“We are interested in elements that are in the border space between furniture and architecture. Each of these components has a role within the space, in addition to its primary function – for example, if it is just a seating element. All details create some border. They help separate and organize. If you see only one tree in the middle of a field, intuitively you will head towards it to feel calmer and safer. The Grid program is part of this research – all parts of the collection help you make the right spatial decision, even if there are some elements you don’t want to use.”