This beautiful Victorian two storey former school house was a relocation for our client. The top floor accommodating the majority of their permanent staff desks, a meeting room and a mezzanine level to provide a cosy library / breakout space. The open plan ground floor features a communal kitchen with bespoke oak table and a 2 person window seat, perfect for informal meetings. We worked closely with their design director to keep the interior aligned with their ethos and identity. Bold and vibrant colour defined areas and energised the flow of the space. White walls helped reflect the natural light around the space and by using bright colour blocking, focal areas shaped the space. Black detailing grounded these colours.
Ovo Energy Headquarters - Bristol
These immersive, playful spaces were designed to inspire and motivate employees and instigate conversations. They are the outcome of a full refurbishment of the iconic old BT building in Central Bristol, which had been empty for many years. Working with Nudge Group architects, Morgan Lovell building contractors and a small design team with Neil Joliffe and Rebecca McDonald, we retained and restructured as much of the existing building for environmental integrity. We kept common areas white as a neutral canvas to the abundant planting, included for reasons both decorative and for enhanced employee well-being. There are 11 concept meeting rooms across four floors, each based on inspiring historical figures including Tim Berners Lee, Rosalind Franklin and Thomas Edison. Each room is a transportation to another place and time but all share the comfortable, modern and laid back spirit that runs through the veins of the company.
This refurbishment of an office space sitting on the top floor of a 1960’s office block in West London, connected an inhabited office to an additional uninhabited office space on the same floor. We worked with interior architect Hugo Helene and building contractor, Area Square, knocking through by removing a wall that ran the length of the space, doubling the overall footprint. An open reception area with reading nook and bookshelves welcomes you into the space and leads on to various sized meeting rooms, including a 16 person boardroom with a bespoke walnut and brass table designed and built in collaboration with Oscar Lessing of Silo Studio. There were several open creative brainstorming areas that could be used more flexibly than meeting rooms. Privacy and noise were an important consideration in this brief so careful thought was needed for space planning and sound proofing.
Much of the furniture was custom made by our network of local, highly skilled cabinet makers and craftspeople using natural and authentic materials, evoking a more homely and sincere environment. Rebecca McDonald created some engaging and beautiful ceiling installations in the three smallest meeting rooms, making the most of the ceiling height in these cosy rooms. A large open kitchen and dining area was designed for maximum flexibility for employees. A large pull down projector screen enabled computer tournaments to become a highlight of the working week. The build had to be approached in three phases as half of the office was already inhabited. Plants were an important feature in the office but space being a premium in Central London, floor space was limited so we kept as much of the planting off the floor by hanging and designing vertical living walls.
F1 RACING SUITE
We redesigned this F1 hospitality suite, drawing inspiration from the Riviera with a touch of mid century charm. As this was a temporary structure that had to be transported from one location to another around the world, considerations had to be made when sourcing furniture and fittings. Custom chair covers and cushions were custom made by one of our skilled local upholsterers. Colours and patterns were kept clean and crisp and touches of brass, solid wood and leather set a luxe but relaxed tone.
This residential project, a West London Victorian terrace with a modern glass extension, included an integrated kitchen with custom made doors with recessed handles. The colours, a warm pine green contrasted with soft pink alcove shelving, sit harmoniously with a pippy oak veneer kitchen counter and bespoke patinated brass and oak draining shelf that clamped to the RSJ beam overhead which we designed to maximise useable surface space. A palette of earthy tones and rich colours informed this interior. Mid century oak furniture, coarse cork tiles, vintage grain sack and linen and smoked glass wall lamps created layers of natural warmth and texture. Walls were all painted in neutral warm greys from Paint & Paper Library were the backdrop to the hits of jewel greens, peacock blues in upholstered vintage armchairs The clean lines of the modern glass extension to the rear of the house required some softening so we made some lightweight loose weave linen curtains with an endearing gentle crumple that added just the right amount of ‘relaxed’ to the space.
MAX MINERVAS MARVELOUS BOOKS
Independent book shops are sacred places that need little more than their glorious books to make them so. But we were asked to bring a wall space in children’s area of this shop to life so we cast this sculptural spell installation, that spills from a real 3 dimensional wand, with handmade paper boats, planes and clusters of miniature props.
Clifton Lido Spa
Working to a tight budget, we created clean, Scandinavian-inspired spaces in this refurbished Victorian Lido, now a private members health club, restaurant and spa. Working with the natural light, we aimed for warmth and simplicity as per the owner’s desire for uncluttered spaces that reflected an ethos of comfort and functionality. We decided to clad the rooms with a wide ‘weatherboard’ finish to add textural interest to the walls, keeping colours neutral, we could add some clean colour through the custom made window blinds. October Studios also created unique artworks for the space.