Wood never falls out of interior design and architectural fashion but there are so many ways it can be used to add interest in the workplace, so why stop at furniture? Some of our most well-received office refurbishment feature timber slats – here are just three ways they can be used.

1. To panel a wall: feature walls remain a great way to draw attention to a specific area and make a design impact but the options don’t end with wallpaper and paint. Timber battens can be fixed to a wall vertically to make a room feel taller, or mounted horizontally to give the impression of more width. At our commercial refit for Yoooserve, we also shaped the vertical slats to accommodate a row of LCD screens.

2. As an ‘up and over’ feature: wooden slats were a hallmark at The Acorn Group’s new headquarters refit – echoing the designs we’ve created for its network of branches. As well as being used to panel walls and clad structural columns, we built a dramatic slatted timber arch in the reception area. Also check out the ‘up and over’ slats in Acorn’s Woolwich and Sidcup branches, as well as at Blue Sky in Bristol.

3. As a privacy screen: full or half-height partitions made from timber slats are a brilliant choice when clients don’t want the permanence – or hassle – of a new, solid internal wall. Slats provide a degree of privacy and sound proofing, while letting natural light flow. Our office fit out for Fine & Country on Park Lane in London saw us install louvre-style panels that could be pivoted and angled for varying degrees of privacy.

Treat your commercial office to a timber slat feature – contact MPL to speak with one of the design team.