Arriba / Above: Los parqués de Company Dinesen (Dinamarca) / parquet flooring by company Dinesen (Denmark)
The exhibition ends with the full range of products and with the associated companies: Artek from Finland (where you discover a system for hanging stools from tables), parquet flooring by Company Dinesen (Denmark), Art Acqua’s vertical gardens (by Vitra), textiles and flooring, fabrics for covering walls and floors and the ideas of Bulthaup for kitchen planning or Laufen for bathroom requirements.
Derecha y abajo / Right and below: Fabrics and floorings, los tejidos de revestimiento de paredes y suelos / textiles and flooring, fabrics for covering walls and floors.
Vitra talks about the nomad being the prototype of modern man. I get home excited and explain all this to my son Eduardo who is studying for a degree in architecture. My son, however, prefers to call the nomad a loser, which is the way his generation feels. It is through him that I discover that all this business of not having assigned desks doesn’t strike them as liberating but rather increases job insecurity. He tells that he wants his own desk, chair and work portfolio - not a locker placed next to the exit as if it were an invitation to leave. So, when companies say that they offer their employees great office furniture in high quality durable material as a way of looking after them and as a sign that ‘we want you to be with us for many years to come’, Eduardo’s generation would prefer the money to go instead towards a wage increase to spend as they see fit, or simply that some sort of wage is paid to trainees. And I think of Eduardo and the world he will have to live in. And I think that, even