Archive for February 4th, 2009


February 4, 2009

Conclusions of all those previous themes deliberations appeared to be very useful and influential for the Home Workspace project for the final show.

Hospitlity of objects – I have focused on finding hospitality in everyday object. The goal is to inform objects with intuitive hospitality to create more welcoming environments. What are the unexplored elements of objects which make them hospitable in the way human beings are and is it possible?

Untitled-1.aiGiles Miller (Farm) and Roberto Feo (El Ultimo Grito) on my staircase tamers Andaz Hotel exhibition, London 2008.

Nucleus.Camera – living space. My idea behind this theme was to use modular elements of the furniture designed to divide the space of the single chamber in to the round shaped structure inside of which the space becomes the main living arena while space behind it takes over several functions like dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom. The mobility of the modular elements makes the space more unexpected and intriguing. Opening or closing of the space depending on the occasion, showing more or less of our private sphere. Idea evolved out of the Hospitality of objects project.




Crisis of will, an attempt to look at the phenomenon of WILL and its different factors: motivation, engagement, passiveness, inertia, avoidance, persuasion to name the most significant ones.
How to find them and inscribe in objects and how crisis of will can be approached and overcame, stimulated, triggered with new pieces of material culture.


Design review:

Disability and selfemployment. Paper showing how significant number of self employed people are disabled.


Ronan and Erwan

Home work overview

February 4, 2009

Contemporary technologies give us the opportunity to work from home. Mobile technologies allow us to work even outdoor if we want. It has this good feature that we can choose a place where we would like to work, but also threatening us to use our holiday time to work. This is the curse of modern times – we spent more of our technologically earned time to work more and more. In cities like London where traffic is everywhere and people spent half of their working time to get into the place of work. a vision of working at home is tempting and more of them is thinking about staying a home. Employers seems to be more and more interested in this form of leading their businesses because of much smaller rent of a space in the good location. The Federation of Small Businesses estimated 20% of the UK working population(6.4 million people) did not get to work because of recent snow fall in UK, it means if they did not work that day for the day there is a loss of £900m. If only a part of those people could work from home savings could be much bigger. Though it is only incidental case of heavy snow in the country with mild climate a lot of other reasons is good enough to excuse work from home: time saving, lower traffic intensity, fuel costs, lower rent, lower cost of work, office accessories and other business running costs, stress of traveling, traveling expenses and even more.

Working at home is a specific kind of work and has many faces. First of all it depend what kind of work one performs. Different kind of activities and time is spent in different parts of home: a workshop in ones garage, call visage specialist, home bureau owner. It seems that most of them have a common features – paperwork, desk, computer, Internet connection and modems, phone/fax, printer, scanner. These are basics elements of nearly every kind of business. The problem is how to connect it together in one workstation which is functioning smoothly and is clean, well organized, uncluttered, handy, comfortable, properly lit, quiet, intimate, discreet.