With an extended work-from-home environment, do you find yourself missing your office cubicle? A new offering from Panasonic called Komoru (which translates as ‘seclude oneself’) will let you create your very own partitioned desk and cubicle in your living room.
While primarily known for their electronics, Panasonic has a housing systems business that also manufactures kitchens, toilets and other furniture. Their latest offering, Komoru, is a result the prolonged pandemic-induced work-from-home environment. According to a company survey, 70% of people, if given a choice, prefer some form of working from home. At the same time, 50% of respondents also say that their primary work station at home is their living room.
Office cubicles, with their dull appearances and association with corporate mediocrity, have long been the butt of jokes. But there’s something to be said for semi-private space, partitioned or not, and their ability to foster concentration.
Panasonic’s Komoru DIY cubicle is easy to assemble and is designed to blend in with almost any room. The company plans to begin selling them in September for 88,000 yen (about $835 usd).