Home / Work inspirations

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The Davidson Prize has been asking designers, thinkers and industry commentators to nominate favourite sources of inspiration relating to the 2021 theme of Home/Work – A New Future. Here are some of our top picks so far.

Redefining the live-work balance

“Interiors guru” Michelle Ogundehin is the author of the book, Happy Inside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness. Speaking to Amy Frearson, she reveals her tips for keeping homes healthy, even when they’re also our workspaces.


Thinking through drawing: a spread from Narinder Sagoo’s sketchbook. Image: Narinder Sagoo, Foster + Partners

Narinder Sagoo, Foster + Partners senior partner and art director and a judge of the inaugural Davidson Prize, talks to Hugh Pearman about some of the challenges behind the Home/Work – A New Future brief.

Tearing up the Rule Book

Newhall Be, Harlow by Alison Brooks Architects. All the houses have workspaces facing the street. Photo credit: Paul Riddle

The pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink housing design, says Alison Brooks – one of the UK’s most acclaimed architects and a judge of the inaugural Davidson Prize.

Six inspiring home/work spaces

Newington Green House. Photo credit: Kilian O'Sullivan/VIEW

To mark the launch of The Davidson Prize, we've gathered together six of our favourite home/work spaces to explore what makes them special. Designing a domestic space for home working is a more complex brief than simply specifying the right desk and chair...

Thinking of home differently

Companies are rethinking the need for expensive city-centre offices. Photo credit: Museum of the Home

Sonia Solicari is the Director of the Museum of the Home and a judge of the 2021 Davidson Prize. The Museum’s Stay Home project has been documenting and sharing personal pictures of people’s lives since the beginning of lockdown. After an extensive refurbishment, the Museum plans to reopen its doors in 2021...

Eyes on the prize

The blurring of home/work is a legacy of the pandemic. Photo credit: Museum of the Home

From the Stirling Prize to the Manser Medal, British architecture has never been shy about accolades.
So when I was asked to help the Alan Davidson Foundation create a new architecture prize, I knew it had to be something special if it was to stand out from the crowd.

Now is the time to ask how shall we live

London Underground passenger numbers are 72% below pre-Covid levels. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Thomas Heatherwick is one of the UK’s most prominent designers and the founder of Heatherwick Studio whose projects include the Olympic Cauldron, the Routemaster Bus and Google’s new headquarters in King’s Cross. He is a judge of the 2021 Davidson Prize...