In 1971, an MIT engineer named Ray Tomlison did something that would change the lives of future generations forever. Something that would change how we interact and how we work. Ray sent the first email in history.
It would have been hard for our good man Ray to imagine that this action, and others that came afterward, would lead to structural shifts as important as e-commerce, social media and remote work.
Fifty years after that historic event, a global pandemic has led companies and individuals to reconsider how we work, with remote work acting as a sort of life preserver for many job positions and complicated situations. However, such an extraordinary situation has also revealed certain shortcomings. Most of our homes are unprepared for remote work. As far as offices are concerned, for those who wish to, or must, keep going to them, they are not entirely prepared to safely tackle the new normal, either.
Given this situation, as architects, interior decorators, and designers, we are facing the challenge of transforming furniture and buildings to adapt spaces to this new reality. At AKABA, we want to be a part of this transformation and act as a good example. Our Balu Arte line's tables can incorporate screens and skirting to protect users, all while using materials that stick to design. Of course, we never lose sight of functionality in key aspects, such as ease in cleaning these elements.
The situation at home is even more complicated. Most of the time, there is no space to work comfortably, and main elements, such as work chairs, do not meet the ergonomic requirements necessary to be used 8 hours a day. Thinking of these needs, which have always been there, but are now clearer than ever, we have designed our chair line with models like KABI, ARIN and MUGA, which meet all ergonomic standards necessary to be able to work from home under conditions similar to the office.
We don't know what kind of chair Ray Tomlison had when he sent the first email in history. Ours didn't exist yet. But we would like to imagine him, comfortably seated in a MUGA-2, thinking, "Alright, I'm going to hit SEND. Let's see what happens."