Softly does it
Occasional seating has given the new Northwood branch a very residential feel, with chairs upholstered in plush blue velvet with either a studded or quilted detail. Chair legs in metallic finishes also create a more sophisticated air and replace the austerity of traditional office furniture.
Also softening another traditional office aspect are feature lights straight from a domestic setting. The starburst pendants and floor lamps with globe shades – some with an opaque finish – provide the perfect foil for the standard suspended ceiling lights that the client wished to retain. Warm-glow LEDs were also inset into the bespoke desks to amplify the more mellow glow.
The dazzling white that was previously used to balance the bold primary colours has been replaced by more homely tones. A rich shade of cream has been used on the office desk modesty panels, and soft shades of beige are seen in the subtle wallpaper on both floors – another interior design element that reinforces the residential vibe. MPL has also introduced natural walnut wood aspects throughout, especially noticeable as veneered waterfall-style desktops and as a slatted feature wall.
Space division was achieved in the Northwood office by using glass partitions in the basement – a crucial choice given the lack of natural light, while a partition on the ground floor was turned into a design focal point by using a half-height glass panel to which a semi-opaque local area map was applied. MPL was also responsible for all of the display units. The windows were fitted with low level LED panels and a street-facing digital screen was placed where it gets good visibility from a pedestrian crossing. We also installed a flush-fit LCD screen within the slatted feature wall.