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  • Work and play spaces are sharing design inspiration
  • Work and play spaces are sharing design inspiration
    Janssem Cardoso, Creative Commons (2015) ©

Why homes and offices are starting to look alike

Major apps are being redesigned to create a unified mobile experience – and a similar process is taking place in the physical world too. In the second of a two-part report, Canvas8 looks at how the Airspace aesthetic is blending work, home and leisure environments from Sydney to Silicon Valley.

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Picture yourself walking into a room. It’s spacious and airy, with white walls and tasteful, heritage furniture. Natural light floods in from large windows, exposed Edison bulbs dangle from the ceiling in an industrial-chic twist, and the floors are smooth concrete or hardwood, depending on your preference. Are you at work, at home, or at your favourite café? You’re in Airspace – an increasingly ubiquitous design trend that has all our interiors looking the same.

The proliferation of Airspace coincides with the rise of the global nomad – a new breed of business traveller who’s ditched any idea of ...



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