Speaking of vive la difference, leading Parisian interior designer (architects don't do office interiors there) Richard Galland of Majorelle described trends in office design in France.
Apparently the French don't like a lot of those things that get the likes of Frank Duffy up in the morning. They don't like sharing meeting rooms between different departments, they similarly dislike hot-desking, and although teleworking was seen as the coming thing a few years ago, it is now in steep decline.
'It's not what you are doing that's important - it's showing that you are doing it. That's very French, ' Monsieur Galland said. Even more French is the fact that he included lunch arrangements as part of the designer's brief. Workers insist on leaving the workplace for lunch, he said, and a one-hour break is obligatory. Only one hour? What is the world coming to?