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South Shore’s research found that people are struggling with not having the luxury of a dedicated, managed office. Many feel disorganized in their home workspaces with printers, paper, craft supplies and music all getting jumbled together.
Many people also work with multiple screens, says Basenach, which creates desk space and cable management issues, and they don’t feel they have enough storage solutions.
They also found that many home-workers view traditional office furniture as ugly, cold and too professional looking to suit their home decor.
There is a real demand, says Basenach, for desks and chairs that fit into small spaces like kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, good storage options to help keep surfaces clear and cables out of sight, and home office furniture that is affordable and appealing, as well as durable.
There’s also ergonomic considerations when working from home, and the need to change position and move around in the day, just like in a larger office setting. Desks with adjustable heights (mechanical standing desks) are proving popular.
South Shore’s new Workspace collection features four different styles. There’s the clean, contemporary Kozack collection, the bohemian-inspired Taile collection, the designer/artist inspired Zelia collection (with desks designed for multiple monitors or larger screens), and the Helsy collection. “Our Helsy collection is one of my favourites,” says Basenach. “It’s warm, has cosy finishes, and a clean, trendy Scandinavian style means it blends perfectly into residential décor.”