Many local firms have started to follow suit as the reality of COVID-19 deepens. Apparently, the phenomena of work from home will become a permanent feature, the new normal.
Many companies began to use tech tools like Microsoft Teams, Yammer & Cisco Jabber and WebEx to gather employees that are working remotely. For instance, Twitter has implemented a work-from-home model that enable employees to keep working from home if they wish.
If employees prefer to be in a work-from-home situation and they want to continue it “forever”, then the social media giant will make that happen. This move not only accomplishes the future of the traditional office, but also give some insights into life after the COVID-19 outbreak. To that, interior designers have provided some insights into the home of the future and the multiple roles it will serve after COVID-19.
The interior design of home as the new office
One of the effective measures taken by countries to lower the outspread of COVID-19 was to institute a work-from-home order.
President of Interior Designers Association of Kenya (IDAK), George Karani said that most people don’t consider having a home office. However, the majority of our houses will factor in a working space due to nowadays’ work-from-home culture.
There’s no doubt that most people will want to incorporate office spaces into their homes. Regarding the interior design, there will be formal spaces with office furniture, shelving and noise/sound management. This will help to save cost instead of hiring traditional office space. Moreover, people can also save time spent in traffic while travelling to the workplace, only opting to move around when necessary.
As the pandemic continues, the government made a clarion call to urban residents to farm small vegetable gardens.
The reason for this is to ensure people to have a balanced diet while consuming the organic-grown vegetables. It is essential in boosting immunity and hence lowers the chance of infecting COVID-19.
Although most balconies in cities are unsuitable for vegetable farming, but city dwellers could make use of their buildings’ perimeter wall to grow vegetables.
More personalized spaces
Apart from working from home, mobile application-guided workouts have become popular during the lockdown. This means home gym will become an ideal option of interior design for people to work out in their own homes.
Besides, Ms Cecilia Mbati, a Nairobi-based interior designer, believes more personalized spaces will be incorporated in interior design. This is because people have a higher probability to interact with their spaces for a long time.
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