Free movement is another key aspect. Knowing that vibrations affect the structure of things and the mind, the idea of sound propagation and of connectivity is emerging from a succession of open space rooms where 45 workstations and a café are placed.
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The aesthetics are modern and sophisticated, while maintaining an element of quirkiness and the unexpected. Natural materials are emphasized and accented with strong pops of color and branding throughout. Unexpected touches in the lighting, furniture and accessories provide moments of curiosity for the end user.
A mix of contemporary open plan and glazed closed office spaces allows for flexibility and privacy in the workspace, but still encourages visual connections. Light materials with timber cladding and exposed steel structure are used throughout to create a bright and light workspace and staff breakout area.
The showroom space delivers functionality along with style and flexibility. The idea being that it can be re-dressed to take on a completely different look for Ariat’s varying product ranges. Furniture is hand built from solid oak and steel, along with intricate leather strap details and oak sleepers.
Collaboration between designers and clients is invigorated with an open and flexible Materials Library. Clients are able to select finishes off the sliding shelves while architects and designer can post drawings and sketches to the rolling steel doors, using magnets. What better way to showcase the firm’s final products than through the architecture and design of their own space.
The Renshaw Academy, with its panelled grey wall, granite splashbacks, bespoke marble top work counters that are infinitely flexible within the space, stylish stools, sleek LED screens from the ceiling and stunning photography creates the perfect environment to teach and learn the craft of decoration.
Favor employees helped to hand select and design every piece of furniture and fixture in the office, while music fills the common areas with an employee controlled Spotify playlist. Employee feedback was further incorporated into the office design, with an abundance of whiteboard walls and breakout areas throughout the office to encourage open collaboration.