Sliding walls, hideable offices: How pandemic could change home design

By Sophie Davies

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Interesting that most of the 'new' ideas are taken from the Japanese approach to a house/apartment.

People should also note that Japanese don't like to stay home to work for the same reasons: no space, no dedicated work space, noisy kids/spouses.

And almost never entertain guests at home. They even invented a word for having a party at home: homu-pa-ti.

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All well and good if you have the money to design custom made furnishings which function this way. There's numerous architects doing lots of this sort of thing on YouTube. Highly innovative, effective and gorgeous, but extremely expensive.

In addition to having the money to achieve such multi-functional environments, it also helps to live alone where all the variables are under the control of a single individual. Put two people with different comfort zones regarding cleanliness and order into the same minimal space 24/7 and divorce will be a lot less expensive than the best designed space. Children? Forget it.

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At first Social Distancing was billed as a temporary measure stave off the virus.

It's hear to stay.

They're redesigning buildings to conform to the new normal of hermit living.

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