When you think of tech start-ups, mid-century-modern inspired workspaces might not be the first thing that comes to mind for a work space which makes this meticulously designed new office in the centre of Warsaw all the more exceptional. Commissioned by an all-male cybersecurity firm to design their new premises, interior design duo Marta Szczepanska and Paulina Szeroczynska from Warsaw-based studio MAP channelled their female perspective to upend the stereotype that IT guys only care about functionality. Combining a pared-down, ascetic aesthetic with warm, natural materials and vintage furniture pieces, the project proves that minimalist elegance and cosiness are not mutually exclusive, as well as encapsulates the creativity that contemporary IT entails.
White painted walls, light brown tinted cement floors and glass Crittal-style steel framed glass doors that discreetly partition the space into different zones underpin the designers’ ascetic yet elegant aesthetic. A palette of natural materials like smoked oak, MDF, leather and velvet that pop up in bespoke and vintage furnishings, along with colourful wool carpets, imbue the workspaces with warmth, while large indoor plants in custom-designed black-painted steel pots add lush accents.
Iconic pieces like Marcel Breuer’s Cesca Chair in brown leather, Egon Eiermann’s SE 68 Multipurpose Chair, Roman Modzelewski's RM 58 Armchair and Christian Dell’s Kaiser idell desk lamp are mixed with vintage finds such as a leather sofa sourced from the Netherlands, and Bauhaus-inspired simple, contemporary furniture, including several bespoke pieces designed for the project such as the conference table in the meeting room and the communal table in the kitchen/break room. The result is serious mid-century-modern vibes, further underpinned by ceiling fans, installed in lieu of air-conditioning, window blinds and vintage switches. With an additional meeting room that doubles as a playroom, this is an office that knows that when it comes to workplace productivity, ambience and character are key.