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Co-Working Church Spaces

Tom Dixon Created a Shared Workspace for a Church

— June 8, 2016 — Social Good
In a cross between an art installation for Clerkenwell Design week and performing a social service, Tom Dixon created a co-working space for a local church and also reinvented the space with beautiful fixtures.

The co-working space was designed to reestablish a relationship between the church and the local workforce and creative community -- as a resource for these people as well as a reason for them to visit. The British design brand also designed beautiful chandeliers for the church using the "thin sheet etched metal fabrication" that he is known for. Dixon also designed fixtures for the soup kitchen, which will remain functioning after the exhibit is over.

The partnership of these two different organizations and the intersection of spirituality, design and performing community service makes this space a unique way for traditional spaces to become more engaging.
Trend Themes
1. Co-working Church Spaces - Opportunity for churches to repurpose their space and create co-working environments that foster community engagement.
2. Reestablishing Church-workforce Relationship - Opportunity to bridge the gap between churches and local workforce by providing co-working spaces and resources.
3. Designing Beautiful Fixtures for Churches - Opportunity for designers to create aesthetically pleasing fixtures that enhance the ambiance of church spaces.
Industry Implications
1. Real Estate - Disruptive innovation opportunity for real estate developers to transform underutilized church properties into co-working spaces.
2. Interior Design - Opportunity for interior designers to collaborate with churches and create visually captivating fixtures that elevate the overall environment.
3. Community Engagement - Opportunity for organizations focused on community engagement and spirituality to partner with churches and create co-working spaces that serve both purposes.
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