We’ve all seen those photos of dream offices, the ones laden with tropical plants, imaginatively themed meeting rooms, indoor tree houses and company ball pits. Our expectations of the modern workplace have certainly evolved over the years. And with the rise of co-working spaces boasting benefits like the sharing of costs, or the promise of some kind of community, spaces are becoming increasingly desirable. But what are the realities of actually finding desk space to rent in London? To find out, we spoke to motion designer and visual designer, Rose Pilkington.
Having worked as a freelancer from a desk in her living room for the past two years, Rose recently decided to commit to searching for a new space to work. So what was the experience like? “God, it’s all such a blur” Rose tells us. Disillusioned not only by the process of finding the right space, but by her findings – small spaces advertised for increasingly high prices – she took to Twitter to share some of the examples. Here, we asked her to recount the experience and the challenges she encountered while trying to find a space in such a competitive market.