Coronavirus has changed the way offices operate, possibly forever. We take a look at solutions to make workplaces safe, and furniture perfect for the new legion of homeworkers
While some offices, restaurants and public spaces have been closed by the global pandemic, many others have had to operate through it. One visionary furniture company has been exploring how it can support those businesses, as well as the new legions of homeworkers.
Safe and sound
Companies and spaces caught flat-footed by Covid-19 have really struggled throughout the pandemic. Many offices are closed and have yet to re-open, while others have had to radically reconfigure the way they do business. Key to it all is safeguarding not just employees, but also visitors.
Italian furniture company Alea have drawn on their decades of experience and expertise to investigate how they can best serve their clients as we move towards a ‘new normal’. The result is their latest range called Safe, focussing mostly on acrylic screens. These products have been designed in order to make workplaces healthier and safer, while remaining simple to install and flexible enough to allow for variations in cabling and office layout.
Offices aren’t the only places facing up to the new reality, of course. As governments and individuals attempt to kickstart the economy, safety in public spaces becomes paramount too. Areas where people may congregate and possibly infect each other need ways of separating individuals and streaming and protecting crowds.
Alea’s Stream collection does exactly this, a floor-standing range of panels, poles and bases that are available in a range of finishes ideal for applications ranging from pubs and restaurants to airports and more.
Home is where the work is
Another huge side-effect of the pandemic is the massive increase in home-working. For many people, their kitchens, bedrooms or sofas are now their office. While many won’t miss the daily commute, there are numerous drawbacks, which is why Alea has developed a comprehensive home office range.
Combining sharp modern aesthetics with practicality, these are solutions that make working from home comfortable without compromise. No more perching on the dining table among the kid’s toys and homework – this is a collection that prioritises efficient use of space and ease-of-use, with an awareness that part of the new normal may mean even more home working in the future.
For more information visit aleaoffice.com
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