Seymours came to MPL Interiors with a brand that had strong core values and a modern approach, yet there was an agency interior mismatch of a dark, dated office in Woking. The combination of strong colours, poor lighting and old-fashioned office furniture created an uninviting feel, so the primary objective was to create a better sense of space and light.
The first job in our office refurbishment plan was to remove a partition wall that sat forward in the original office layout, which immediately cramped proportions. This was replaced by a glass wall set much further back into the office, leaving enough room behind to screen off the communal kitchen. The glass was treated with a semi opaque vinyl graphic, allowing natural light to
seep through and lighten back-of-house areas.
Proportions were also lengthened using a stripe pattern carpet with the grain running from front to back, drawing the eye down and giving the perception of a much longer office.
Finally, the whole workplace atmosphere was lifted by the installation of a new ceiling and lighting. The old suspended ceiling was replaced and new lights installed throughout, incorporating recessed overhead spotlights and feature LEDs which highlight new 3D wall art.
Finishing touches included a new architectural detail created by building out
an existing wall, wallpapering the recesses, installing some hidden LEDs to create a focal point by the new reception area and installing a bespoke display unit in a wood effect that matches the new office desks. This custom-made item of office furniture features recessed shelves which are internally lit by built-in LEDs.
Seymours in Woking was also the first estate agency to receive a brand new digital window display system – a joint venture between Samsung and Reapit, installed by MPL Interiors. The screens are complemented by new outdoor signage that includes an internally-illuminated fascia tray and a new acrylic wall sign.