When the designers at Herman Miller set out to design a new set of desks for the home, they considered a subtle change in the way people are using their living room. The designers think that the growing use of computers in leisure time means that people will less and less watch TV (or at least in the same way they spent the second half of the 20th century).

Susan Kool of Herman Miller met PSFK at the ICFF 08 show and told us that the way we work at home has changed and that the furniture company has a policy not to talk about the idea of a ‘home office’ anymore. They say that somewhere between office and kitchen table people’s lifework happens – bills are paid, vacations are planned, music downloaded and purchases made. The desk like the Airia above was designed by Ayako Takase and Chris Specce of Kaiju Studios to sit in a living room as much as a home office; and the Enchord below was designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Design so that at the end of the day your laptop can be put aside and you can enjoy a family meal off it.

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