This interior challenges what an office should look like. It invites conversation and socialising. It is not defined by fashion but sits further away from it, informed by it’s users and brand.
The workspace balances the practicalities of an office with an atmospheric client-focused space. The business operates as a distributor of select wines and spirits and wanted a space that would reflect their core values. All the while remaining approachable and unpretentious.
The front end of the long open-plan space was the logical location for the design. Utilising natural daylight for worker comfort. White desks, upholstered partitioning and considered track lighting ensure this is a functional space. A texture sheer curtain provides privacy and a backdrop to the window signage.
A darkened zone at the rear draws one into its intimate space and allows for a comfortable bar-like atmosphere used for client tastings. All appliances are integrated within this kitchenette. Dark-stained rough-sawn oak, leathered black granite and cork splash back are a dense layering of highly textured and monochromatic finishes. This darkness ensures the lit bottles remain the focal point. Additional storage is concealed within the wall paneling.
A Serge Mouille wall light arcs over a Harrows bar leaner and leather upholstered bar stools, all taking on a mid-century aesthetic that echos craftsmanship that is found in the product being sold.
An existing recess becomes an open storage space. With heavy oak floating shelves to house wine cases, boxes and paperwork. There was a purposeful decision to not conceal this area, playing into the honest integrity of the brand and its product. Snaking galvanised steel conduits on the ceiling supply power to the lighting and further emphasise this.
The oversized “Liquor” photograph by Tim Flower is paired with Simon James Parallel Chairs and stained macrocarpa plinth from Public Record. And a generously open-weave Armadillo jute rug from The Ivy House defines the small wait space.