Before the pandemic, trendy office design companies were doing a roaring trade in intimate pods to facilitate collaboration in open-space offices. 

During a pandemic, even with the go-ahead to return to the office, I suspect there won’t be too much co-creation going on in those spaces for a while. 

Social distancing has caused a rethink of the office footprint in a whole new way. If collaborating is going to be difficult, what are we going back to the office for? What is this new emotional space going to look and feel like, once the initial hunger for contact and familiarity has been satiated?

Safety is going to be everyone’s primary driver, of course. Tape on the floor, Perspex dividers and masks ...

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