The Office Group provides flexible spaces to meet and work across the UK. Shed wanted to reflect the progressive spirit of the Office Group movement and it’s new-start-up residents, which led to a desire for a new aesthetic. ‘Not another mid-century modern interior’ was much the starting point as was the challenge of transforming a 1980’s office block. We explored ‘Work In Progress’ – the workspace members involved in the making-of, and also an under-construction design approach, inspired by makeshift art and construction sites.
Given a dreary office block, the solution was to install pastel coloured ‘trays’ in high gloss mosaic resin, to define the clubroom and lounge areas and contain the new design within the existing building. The ply backed resin floor finish runs up the walls to form a low datum. Coloured paint chips layer with clear resin, like a new kind of terrazzo. The resin trays set new rules for the space, and create a new architecture within, without being precious of the building’s features. There were parallels with 80s art, particularly the Memphis movement, where colour, texture and shape clash in curiously wrong ways. This inspired a multi layered graphic approach yet the overall effect is timeless and contemporary. We battled tedium with a riot of immersive colour and texture, clean lines and graphic pattern.