We’ve all heard the studies that tell us sitting all day at work is bad for our bodies, but did you know that it could stifle creativity as well? Italian designer Michele De Lucchi strongly believes that standing and walking are crucial to thought development which is why he developed “The Walk,” a futuristic office for Salone Ufficio at the Salone del Mobile 2015. The installation keeps users on their feet in a loop path that offers different perspectives on ongoing office life.
De Lucchi’s installation is split into four main themed areas: Club, Free Man, Agorà and Laboratory. These areas are located around a never-ending path that moves up and down in the space and is designed to provoke the evolution of the concepts of office work. “The peripatetic Philosophers were the first westerners to make walking into an activity inextricably linked with thought and knowledge,” says De Lucchi. “In the office is far more important to move rather than remain stationary. This is why the landscape has always had a fundamental role in the creation of the office. The office gives us a sense that we are part of an ongoing evolution.”
The proposed office landscape offers different spaces for informal communication, socializing, exchanging ideas and skills. The Laboratory serves as a space where practical work takes place with a rediscovery of old working practices. Art and Nature play a fundamental role in the whole setting: these areas inspire the soul and help users generate new ideas through a calm environment.
If our current office lifestyle that revolves around sitting needs to be reexamined, De Lucchi is proposing is that society should return to a more active office life that stimulates thinking and creativity. The installation suggests that the work process should be a journey aided by movement. De Lucchi’s installation stands out in the whole Salone del mobile for its diversity of spaces and for the design’s approach to improving our quality of life by rethinking office environments.