I wrote most of The New Technology Elite in my “outside office” in FL. I often wondered why it was not commonplace and figured weather, ambient noise and other factors conspired. Jonathan Olivares, furniture designer, provides a more incisive analysis
“Working only indoors goes back to the paperwork explosion from 1850 to 1960. It was so dominant and pervasive, and paper doesn’t like the outdoors — it blows around, it blinds the eye. Heavy metal filing cabinets were also essential to office work, and they couldn’t possibly be brought outdoors. Now, with a laptop or iPad, you can do serious work outside. We just need the right spaces.
A few years ago, I realized that there isn’t any professional outdoor office furniture. It wasn’t a topic that even existed. You’d google ‘outdoor office’ and find pictures of people sitting at a picnic table, telecommuting from their backyard. It’s not much better today, but it’s starting to become part of the public conversation. The idea for this project was to design and develop what an outdoor office might actually look like.”