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Closing the Gap - By Diana Mosher

Creating Community in the Kitchen
The concept of work-live-play has spawned even more housing options. The
space-sharing model popularized by WeWork is not only for edgy start-ups
and solopreneurs in search of office space anymore. The concept has gone
mainstream and also inspired a coliving brand. In 2016, WeLive launched
in two locations: WeLive Wall Street in New York and WeLive Crystal City in
Virginia. A third location in Seattle will open in spring 2020, and WeLive has
stated it's looking for other opportunities to enter new markets in the future.
Each WeLive apartment-models range from studios to four bedrooms-
is fully furnished with everything members need to move right in: complete
kitchen supplies, bed linens, towels, HDTVs, high-speed internet, and much
more. Already serving hundreds of members across 400 apartments, it's
safe to say WeLive isn't only for millennials. Members run the gamut, from
young people moving to a new city to parents with small children, from
commuters who want to cut down on their daily travel time to retirees and
empty nesters-and everyone in between.

The WeLive app enables residents to make connections with
neighbors, book apartment cleaning, or check out such social
offerings as happy-hour gatherings; cooking classes; Sunday
night suppers; big game/big event nights; and health, fitness,
and wellness classes. For many, the communal kitchen is at the
heart of their WeLive experience. The social connections forged
can make the move to a new city-or new state of life-feel
much less formidable.
With the traditional nuclear family in decline, such new ideas
for housing will continue to emerge. The interior design
community has an important role to play in the conversation
about which new directions make sense and why. Designers
who stay abreast of even the most radical new housing
concepts will be in demand as clients think beyond
the traditional concept of a home.

DIANA MOSHER, Allied ASID,
is a New York-based interior designer
and media consultant. She also
is the 2017-2019 communications
director for the ASID New York
Metro chapter.

Shared spaces at
WeLive offer everything
from happy hours
to cooking classes
and foster connections
in the community.
(Image: WeLive/ WeWork)

WeWork's coliving
apartments are fully
furnished, dorm-style
apartments that
challenge traditional
apartment living and
foster a new sense
of community.
(Image: WeLive/
WeWork)

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