|Project Name||Media Offices||Posted in||Design, Interior Design||Location||
|Interior Designer||Daytrip studio||Area (sqm)||600||Client||Undisclosed|
There’s been a lot of discussion lately about working from home as the global health crisis has accelerated a trend that has been brewing for some time now. And yet, however convenient and practical, working from home can never be as inspiring and engaging as a well-designed workplace that fosters creativity, innovation and collaboration. This is especially true for creative industries—and we’re not just saying so because we recently moved into our brand-new work space. Take for example, the new London offices that local interior design practice Daytrip Studio just completed for a media company. Combining home comfort with workplace functionality, the new premises feature bold yet relaxed interiors, full of mid-century and 1970s references, industrial and luxe materials, and vibrant colours and patterns that channel a strong feminine aesthetic.
Per the client’s request, a series of individual work spaces occupy two floors of an 18th century industrial warehouse in Clerkenwell, with only a small proportion of open plan studio space, while the third floor houses a flexible lounge and meeting rooms. Despite the cellular configuration, all floors feel bright and airy courtesy of sliding and folding glass partitions that allow for flexibility and daylight penetration. Wipe-able glass panels, pin-able surfaces and an abundance of shelving and storage throughout the workspaces ensure for comfort and usability, while spacious communal kitchens enhance the sense of home comfort and encourage social interaction.
Inspired by the feminine sensibility of 1950s kitchens, Hollywood glamour and Californian club houses, the Studio has imbued the premises with a nostalgic elegance that nevertheless feels modern, partly due to an eclectic approach to furniture selection, and partly due to a daring use of contrasting colours and materials. Lo-fi, industrial materials like plywood, pigmented MDF and passivated zinc are mixed with more luxe finishes such as high gloss lacquer, deep velvets and plush carpets in lipstick red and acid yellow, while exposed brickwork, Crittall windows, visible piping, light tracks and air ducts are juxtaposed with polished parquet flooring and elegant wave curtains.
The Studio’s playful sensibility and eclectic gusto is also evident in the vibrant selection of furniture that brings together mid-century icons, vintage finds from the 1970s and classic fabrics from the 1920s which have been used to upholster contemporary meeting room furniture. The result is a cinematic ambience of nostalgic undertones and laid-back sophistication creating a perfectly relaxed work environment that fosters a culture of creativity.