I'll be moving at the end of the month to my new 1920's bungalow and the roommates and I are torn about the idea of computing on the dining room table. We've got four people, so that's plenty of intimate face time, but we feel like it'll be a good way to get everyone out of their rooms. Meanwhile, all I can think is, "Man - is this really a good idea?
Personally, I've never had the opportunity to work in a creative commune or a design space that allows for such work intimacy. These days when I visit places like Design Kitchen or IDEO, the walls are torn down and people are communicating in ways never before seen in what one would consider the "working office."
To emulate that kind of creative space at home, we're trying a social experiment that may or may not work for more than a week. The idea is to have "productive time" in the evening after dinner, where everyone brings down their laptops and attempts to complete or produce some kind of deliverable for whatever project they are working on.
Personally, I think they're just going to poke each other on Facebook and chuckle while reading stories on Digg. On the other hand, if things work out the way we want them to, I think we might be onto something big. Just maybe.
What do you guys think? Is this a good or bad idea? Is there a future in creative kitchen tables? Where would be a better area for this type of interaction?