Discover the latest trends in retail refurbishment, with advice on how to strengthen your High Street position and create bolder brand awareness through better design.

How to avoid Boris-style wallpaper woes

There can be no more notorious refurbishment than the very expensive one that has recently taken place at No. 11 Downing Street – the home of the newly-wedded Mr & Mrs Boris Johnson. A national outcry occurred when news leaked of a reported...

The front-of-house is here

Nothing has made us happier here at MPL than seeing retail stores, restaurants and pubs reopen to the public but times have changed. Rather than people casually meandering in off the street, currently tables need to be pre-booked and numbers in...

Raising the bar

How we work and when we work has undergone a radical overhaul in recent years, especially with our predisposition for an open plan, collaborative way of working. This has given rise to a new workplace zone – the break-out bar - which falls...

A penchant for pendants

Have you ever looked up and noticed what office lighting you have? Workplaces that haven’t had a recent refurbishment are bound to feature very basic lights that nestle alongside the ceiling tiles, perhaps with a less-than-attractive metal grill...

A softer style to ease employees back to their desks

As the UK successfully takes step one of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, news headlines are increasingly reporting the steady return to central offices. Of note, however, is the intention of many businesses to offer employees a flexible...

Achieve stakeholder satisfaction & avoiding expensive mistakes

As the saying goes, a change is as good as a rest so it’s only natural that our Prime Minister wanted to freshen things up after a pretty turbulent 12 months. Boris Johnson’s approach, however, has left the nation scratching its head. Downing...

Redesigning offices with duty of care in mind

As MPL Interiors has recently written about, 2021 is the year businesses will be hoping to bring employees back into the workplace. While carefree, Covid-free days may be a little out-of-reach for now, it is totally possible to create a safe,...

All back to the office?

It was Canary Wharf's head of strategy, Howard Dawber, who was among the first to stick their head above the parapet and forecast a return to office life. While the work-from-home movement will leave a profound impact on the 9-5 (more on that...

There’s a vital place for plants in the workplace

We wrote about biophilic design – conscious decisions to weave elements of the natural world into workplace refurbishments – back in 2018 but it is a principle that should have greater adoption in 2021. Even the most hardened of ‘insiders’ were...

4 Sophisticated fakes for a first-class workplace interior design

Whether you’re planning a commercial fit out with one eye on a budget, are looking for the most practical solutions or lack original features, the MPL designers can offer workarounds to many design constraints. In this blog we reveal four ways to...

Office refurbishment in 2021? 4 key workplace trends to adopt this year

Whether you’re trying to tempt workers back to the officer, hopeful of turning the heads of new talent or providing a more motivating workplace for employees who never left, tuning in to 2021’s interior trends will help your cause. Here are MPL’s 4...

5 ways to improve your home office environment & desk set up

It may seem counterintuitive for us, as commercial fitters and office refurbishment specialists, to support the idea of working from home but we’re operating in a new era that will see many of us split our time between an employer’s building and...

The same…but different: the gentle approach to redesigning your brand

Hamptons is a name familiar to many but upon looking back at its illustrious history when celebrating 150 years in existence, the owners took a chance to muse on what the next 150 years would look like. Its corporate identity is very strong, with...

Welcome to the office department

A unanimous decision by Westminster City Council in October 2020 could change the look – and the purpose – of our High Streets for years to come. The council’s planning subcommittee granted conditional planning permission for The John Lewis...

Spread the cost of a refurbishment with leasing

Many businesses will want to keep a tight grip on the purse strings with 2021 in mind but being prudent doesn’t have to mean putting all your exciting plans on hold, especially if your workplace is in desperate need of a refit – perhaps to make it...

Make refurbishment progress during lockdown 2.0

“Is it a good time to commission an office refurbishment?” It’s the most common question we’re being asked right now. Well, the answer is yes. Logistically, with working from home where possible the temporary advice and lockdown 2.0 in force, there...

Covid needn’t compromise interior design

Our new normal doesn’t mean you can’t plan an office refurbishment ever again - on the contrary. New working patterns and staff wellbeing mean fresh approaches to office furniture and fit outs are needed as a matter of urgency. You can still set a...

The hybrid is here: work zones in residential developments

For decades, interior design has been divided into two very distinct camps: commercial designs for offices and workplaces, and residential designs for dwellings where people live. In 2020, however, we are discovering a new crossover that presents...

Colour of the Year 2021: fortune favours the Brave (Ground)

Brave Ground has been chosen as the Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 as it offers a comforting, soft, safe option in a world full of uncertainty. It’s been described as a ‘warm, grounding neutral shade’ and we agree – there’s nothing offensive or...

Smart office downsizing: 7 tips for success

It is an absolute given that many companies will be relocating in 2020 and 2021. While in the past we would trumpet expansion and growth as drivers of new office premises, downsizing and restructuring will also play its part thanks to today’s...

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