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Principles of Metamorphosis, Alfonso Femia, Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

“We expect that up to the end of August, we will maintain a 50% space use plan, while the other 50% will be carried out in smart working, both according to the needs of each individual and to a calendar that will be adapted together weekly. We will decide on a different rhythm and a more organic and adaptable organization over time and with our team. Within the atelier, we will try to adopt natural air circulation systems as much as possible, and to use the outdoor spaces present in Genoa, and partially in Milan”, says Alfonso Femia, Creator and Co-Founder, Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia


Today, we celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work. What can we expect from Atelier(s), post the crisis situation.

Technology and materials can already contribute to a reduced, deferred or protected tactile relationship – for example, through the use of voice assistants or devices defined as “smart gadgets”, and through the use of nanometric integrations that transform paint, coatings, ceramics in high-performance products also from a health point of view. However, collective spaces do not have many degrees of dimensional variability. Therefore, education and behavior will remain essential in the use of places, in a centuries-old attitude of physical approach to objects that is unlikely to be supplanted because it is an integral part of human nature. We must not at any costs imagine that everything will have to change, and design will be able to teach us the principles of metamorphosis, of the plug-in, without this changing our approach to objects and space.

How do you plan to handle the Emerging risks and new patterns of prevention in a changing world of work, post crisis situation.

By taking the time. Slowing down by taking action. By always listening and creating the optimal conditions for each person, according to methods that were already flexible and open for us for over 15 years in all three of the Atelier(s) and for how we conceive our work, which must be fluid and not bounded in addressing different needs. It is even more necessary now to have the ability to adapt, moment after moment, without however losing the horizon, the objectives, the will to grow together, bringing all this into our everyday life without labelling it as an emergency or as a temporary problem.

What about spatial designing, post COVID-19?

Interior design must be more permeable to the external spaces. It is necessary to bring the environment into the buildings, expanding the secular vision, which sees the building as inserted in an environment. Nature and artifice will have to be more connected by seeking in some points the balance between the two souls. I believe that space must prevail more freely, increasing the ratio for each person and for collective spaces. The obsessive research to make space more efficient in relation to functions, that characterized the western world in its progressive urban concentration, has, for some time, given signs of criticality. The criterion governing interior design should be renewed in a dimensionally more generous and wider vision, not only as a response to COVID-19.

What are the workplace hygiene practices and responsible behaviours you are going to adapt in your firm?

We expect that up to the end of August, we will maintain a 50% space use plan, while the other 50% will be carried out in smart working, according to the needs of each individual and according to a calendar that will be adapted together weekly. We will try not to use public transport, and where it is possible, we will use bicycles or personal transport vehicles (such as motorcycles, cars, …). Therefore, first of all, we will decide on a different rhythm and a more organic and adaptable organization over time and with our team. Within the atelier, we will try to adopt natural air circulation systems as much as possible, and to use the outdoor spaces present in Genoa, and partially in Milan. Everything else is left to hygienic devices and to good and responsible behavior.

Give us your response on Enterprise Safety and Worker/Employer collaborative mechanism.

We must start to imagine, think and act responsibly again through the sound principles of a good form of “education” which must pay attention to distances, where necessary, to processes, to ways of relating. It could be tiring and not at all spontaneous – and this is the most violent deprivation, our spontaneity.  But, we could recover the value of time, of relationships, of relationships between people, because we will have to think and try everything out, taking our time and perhaps becoming faster and faster at it with time but definitely in a more conscious way. It will depend on all of us, each for our role: it will be up to politics to define vision, projects and strategies as well as to take care of everyone, and it will be up to us to be simultaneously careful to ourselves and to others.

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