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Italy is usually at the bottom of the European ranking as a home-working favourable country. However, Italians are the best when it comes to making the most out of an unfavourable situation. After the measures put in place to counter the spread of Coronavirus, many Italians have been transformed into smart workers. This work method can be advantageous for both companies and workers and there are those who believe that it will continue to be applied after the emergency will be over. Now we must stay home but meanwhile we can learn how to be efficient and happy working remotely and this may help us also in the future.

While working from home, we create a new daily routine. Time and space change, as well as the way of relating with colleagues. It is advisable to set up a timetable and try to keep your work schedule as much similar as it used to be. Now we save some time not having to travel to the office, so we can use that time to take care of ourselves, doing online yoga or fitness classes, or simply spending quality time with family. We should also remember to take a break during the working day, have a proper lunch, and try to have a balance between work and personal life.

Another important aspect of the remote work method is not wearing pyjamas all day! Let’s wear something comfortable that makes us feel good but also professional. It may seem like a minor detail, but indeed it is one of the easiest ways to incentive concentration and productivity. Also, you could fall asleep after lunch if you are still wearing your pyjamas…

Smart working
Zac desk with lacquered metal structure, wooden top and drawers. Mila chair with metal structure, padded and covered seat and back. Strega floor lamp with lacquered metal structure and fabric lampshade.

It is crucial to set up a well-organized workplace. If you have a desk or a console table you are already well underway, but a dining table will also be fine. Clear the table of any items that you don’t need (and that could be a distraction) and find space for everything you need to carry on your activities. For example, laptop, notebook, pens, documents etc. If you like, you could also print a nice picture of yourself with your family and friends and keep it on the desk. It may be a good symbol of the good times that will soon get back.

Nata chair and Zac desk
Nata chair, upholstered and covered with contrasting border and exposed metal legs. Zac desk with lacquered metal structure, wooden top and drawers.

Speaking of chairs now, as you will spend many hours of your days sitting at a desk in your house, it is crucial choosing a comfortable chair. The best are chairs that have a solid back but a padded seat so you can feel comfy while you work. You can also use your bedroom’s chair if you created the workplace in the sleeping area; otherwise a soft armchair in the living room is also fine.

Osaka shelves in curved crystal
Osaka shelves in curved crystal.

Video calls will be a consistent part of your day to communicate with colleagues, customers and suppliers. So, don’t forget to look after your image – if you put on nice clothes and some makeup you will feel better yourself and you will look more professional. Also, keep an eye on what’s behind you, as people can see it. Make sure the bookcase is well-organized, put on the wall pictures and posters you like. These will be your best business card right now.

Let’s all keep in mind that these difficult times will pass, but now we can learn something from the situation. Working remotely is useful and it may be in the future as well.

Our favourite bookstores always tell something about us, what we love to read and how’s our relationship with order (or disorder). There are those who arrange the books in strict alphabetical order by title or author, those who group them by theme and also those who arrange them according to the colour of the cover. What is certain is that we all need modern bookcases to place our books and magazines – that are never too many! Even in the digital age, in fact, the pleasure of browsing through the pages of a book and smelling the scent of printed paper remains an irresistible call.

Modern bookcases, either suspended or by the wall, for the living room or other rooms, are not simple containers then. Just think of how many items, in addition to books, we put on the shelves of a bookcase, turning it into a sort of Wunderkammer full of memories, among travel gifts, small design objects, photographs. Last but not least, bookcases are also important elements to complete the furniture and define space, distributing it, separating it, creating interesting games of light and shadows.

Light-designed and elegant, solid without being heavy, Bontempi Casa bookcases frame books and other objects as if they were pieces of art themselves and highlight them discreetly.

LexingtonLexington bookcase with lacquered metal structure. 

Lexington is an example of a modern and dynamic bookcase, whose lacquered metal structure is available in different finishes and many sizes, with modules that can expand as needed. To further personalize it, you can choose the shelves in lacquered metal coupled with SuperCeramic, SuperMarble, metal covered in leather, wood veneer or crystal. With so many customization possibilities, it really is a piece of furniture “for life” that can be expanded (or reduced) according to changing needs, between removals and growing book collections, and that can change its appearance thanks to the shelves to adapt if you want to give your living room a new style.

Hip HopHip Hop bookcase with structure in lacquered metal, and top in crystal or scratch-resistant crystal.

When choosing modern bookcases for the living room, it is good to keep in mind some useful tips on how to furnish a modern living room. First, especially if the space is large and contains many elements, it is the general harmony that should be created between them, as if “they talked to each other”. An ideal combination, in this sense, can be Hip Hop bookcase with the tables of the same family. The modern and essential design and the glass tops immediately give the idea of a refined environment with an eye for details. Combining shapes and sizes, it is easy to furnish any room of the house with it.

Librerie Hip Hop
Hip Hop coffe table, structure made in lacquered metal, and a crystal or scratch-resistant crystal top.