I attempted to get excited about the module and the research I would carry out by speaking about the project to a friend who I work with on design briefs. It helped to explain the project to someone who had no interest or concern of how this brief related to an MA course or the lack of correlation between the brief/potential projects and what I might wish I was able to focus on. I felt excited to look into material and furnishings, realising that the longevity of any product or design used (and purchased) would be impacted by trends and tastes. After all the biophilic aspect of the brief and increasing commonality in hot desking and flexible workspaces were also trends. I decided to research trends in furniture, decor, materials and workspaces using WGSN's interiors section and Pinterest in particular.
I looked into fashion trends initially, as these usually filter down into interior design after some time. I also looked at home décor and colour trends to see if I could any links to biophilic design. I thought it would be a good idea to look in this area rather than trends in office furniture to try and take a less direct and obvious route. One of our goals with the redesign was to make the space less “office” like and less stark, researching home furnishings and style seemed like a logical step. From speaking to someone at Orangebox about the furniture and how it is made, I learned that they design the furniture and have it made to order, this is great because it means we are not restricted to only using the stock Orangebox already have.
This was more in my comfort zone. I loved wading through trend reports and finding inspiration. It was nice to find a way of enjoying working on the project a little more and was able to find some effective ways of bringing in an element of biophilic design into the mix, without it being too expensive or unfeasible to implement in the DOYYEC. The other highlighted issues I looked to find design solutions to where the inability to hang or display your own work or moodboards in the DOYYEC, creative zones, multifunctional uses of spaces and the pods.