The 'Office for living' project designed by Jean Nouvel

The pleasure of living in a small town in SaloneUfficio 2013

by Malcolm Clark
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This is the 'notion of the pleasure of living' that I would like to instill in the Project: office for living': work is also living and we often spend more time in the office than at home.” This is the message that Jean Nouvel tries to get over in his project set up in Hall 24 of the SaloneUfficio, during the Milan Design Week.

The 2008 Pritzker prize winner has reinterpreted the working space by designing area of 1,200 square meters during the Saloni 2013. The different types of offices exhibited presented products and furnishings of the companies participating in the SaloneUfficio according to unusual configurations.

“We need to change behaviour, plan and think about work in an alternative way: an office, wherever it may be, must be a space in its own right, identifiable, transformable, full of humanity, full of history and objects, just a pleasant place” explained Jean Nouvel.

At the center of SaloneUfficio a monolith around which five different work environments are organised, from the classic apartment classic in the city centre, to the industrial building, the open space, the high-tech open-plan scenario, up to the recurrent domestic environment which turns into an office.

Jean Nouvel has also paid tribute to the great masters of design by using a selection of historical furnishings, combined with images of places for which they have been developed in the past. A VIP lounge completed the 'small city' in which starchitects like Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Michele De Lucchi and Marc Newson talked about their ideas of an office.

Photo Credits: (c) Saverio Lombardi Vallauri

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