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The Future of Workspace Lighting After several months of working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, arc’s Matt Waring speaks to a range of lighting designers on what the pandemic will mean for workspace design in the future.

O

ver the last few months, as the Covid-19

pandemic has taken over the world, we have

seen a huge shift in the way that we work. The traditional commute to the shared workspace has been exchanged for the new routine of

working from home - a huge culture shift for many of us that will have taken some time to

get used to; whether this was adjusting to the new surroundings,

the lack of social interaction (save for a Zoom call here and there), or being able to separate home and work life at the end of the working day.

However, the longer that lockdown has progressed, the more that

we have been able to take stock and reassess not only our working behaviours, but also our working environments. Our ideas of

productivity both within and outside the office environment have changed, which has in turn opened up the discussion on how the

workspace will be used in the future. For the lighting design industry, this has also opened up the question on the role that lighting will play in workspaces going forward.

So as the majority of the world appears to finally be returning to some form of normality, with many starting to return to their

usual workspaces, we spoke to a number of lighting designers to

get their thoughts on how the current situation has impacted their

working habits, and what they believe it will mean for the future of workspace design.

Helen Diemer, Principal at The Lighting Practice, has already

recognised that working remotely will become more and more

prevalent, although she is pleased at how quickly her team has been able to adapt to the “new normal�.

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