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46. Retro-cool within the Workplace - by Hannah Craggs - sourced from RFD

Retro-cool within the Workplace
Retro-cool within the Workplace - contemporary interior architecture
Retro-cool within the Workplace - interior design and architecture

Retro-cool features within the office are back, but did it ever really go away? Here at RFD we like to push the boundaries and we think our latest project for SGSco showcases this perfectly. With classic silhouettes and bold colours, we have used this mid-century fashion to create a cool office feel. Looking back with nostalgia and paying homage to the styles that were popular in the past. See SGSco IT department on our Work page for more photography from this project.

Retro-cool within the Workplace - contemporary office fit out

45. Offices within offices - by Hannah Craggs - sourced from Dezeen

Offices within offices
Offices within offices - contemporary interior architecture
Offices within offices - interior design and architecture

British studio MoreySmith have connected a 20th-century listed building to an adjacent 90’s property, linking them with a 13 metre long timber and steel bridge which crosses a central atrium with a glazed roof - originally an external courtyard. The atrium includes cafe’s, a bar and informal working areas. Using a mix of vintage and contemporary detail, this unique central social space has been created, with creative studios, meeting rooms, balconies and stairways.

Partitions and suspended ceilings have been removed to expose the original brickwork and the space as been opened up dramatically offering spectacular views of the city. Reclaimed scaffolding boards and cast-concrete tiles have been used to create flooring, and reclaimed factory lights have been fitted to the interior - to reference Dublin’s industrial heritage. Bespoke signage and graphics have been integrated to celebrate Primark’s heritage and to ensure the business looks vibrant and interesting to future fashion buyers and merchandisers.

Offices within offices - contemporary office fit out

44. Simon Morasi’s Strain chair for furniture brand Prostoria - by Hannah Craggs RFD - sourced from Dezeen

Simon Morasi’s Strain chair for furniture brand Prostoria
Simon Morasi’s Strain chair for furniture brand Prostoria - contemporary interior architecture
Simon Morasi’s Strain chair for furniture brand Prostoria - interior design and architecture

Design company D/DOCK recently completed a new office space for Google in Amsterdam. It was inspired by the concept of the garage where the founders started Google. There are many quirky elements throughout to demonstrate this era; from graffiti walls to exposed ceilings. Existing furniture was refurbished and re-used to bring sustainability into the design. Each floor has its own cave in which general facilities such as meeting rooms are situated, and the neighbourhoods surround the central caves. Every work place is adjacent to the window, giving all employees a 180 degree view of the city. The layout allows them to communicate and work together, but also gives everyone personal space. “It is a place that makes the employee perform better by offering a work environment that meets their needs”. “Happiness, comfort, flexibility, relaxation, well balanced nutrition, exercise, daylight, fresh air and visual stimulation are some of the fundamentals that makes this office a healthy one”. There is a Healthy Food program to ensure a well-balanced meal for employees and a gym, meditation room and desk bikes to be used by the staff.

Simon Morasi’s Strain chair for furniture brand Prostoria - contemporary office fit out

43. Primark International HQ in Dublin - by Hannah Craggs RFD - sourced from Dezeen

 Primark International HQ in Dublin
 Primark International HQ in Dublin - contemporary interior architecture
 Primark International HQ in Dublin - interior design and architecture

Designer’s; British studio MoreySmith have connected a 20th-century listed building to an adjacent 90’s property, linking them with a 13 metre long timber and steel bridge which crosses a central atrium with a glazed roof - originally an external courtyard. The atrium includes cafe’s, a bar and informal working areas. Using a mix of vintage and contemporary detail, this unique central social space has been created, with creative studios, meeting rooms, balconies and stairways. Partitions and suspended ceilings have been removed to expose the original brickwork and the space as been opened up dramatically offering spectacular views of the city. Reclaimed scaffolding boards and cast-concrete tiles have been used to create flooring, and reclaimed factory lights have been fitted to the interior - to reference Dublin’s industrial heritage. Bespoke signage and graphics have been integrated to celebrate Primark’s heritage and to ensure the business looks vibrant and interesting to future fashion buyers and merchandisers.

 Primark International HQ in Dublin - contemporary office fit out

42. Inside Google’s new Amsterdam Office - by Hannah Craggs RFD - sourced from Dezeen

 Inside Google’s new Amsterdam Office
 Inside Google’s new Amsterdam Office - contemporary interior architecture
 Inside Google’s new Amsterdam Office - interior design and architecture

Design company D/DOCK recently completed a new office space for Google in Amsterdam. It was inspired by the concept of the garage where the founders started Google. There are many quirky elements throughout to demonstrate this era; from graffiti walls to exposed ceilings. Existing furniture was refurbished and re-used to bring sustainability into the design. Each floor has its own cave in which general facilities such as meeting rooms are situated, and the neighbourhoods surround the central caves. Every work place is adjacent to the window, giving all employees a 180 degree view of the city. The layout allows them to communicate and work together, but also gives everyone personal space. “It is a place that makes the employee perform better by offering a work environment that meets their needs”. “Happiness, comfort, flexibility, relaxation, well balanced nutrition, exercise, daylight, fresh air and visual stimulation are some of the fundamentals that makes this office a healthy one”. There is a Healthy Food program to ensure a well-balanced meal for employees and a gym, meditation room and desk bikes to be used by the staff.

 Inside Google’s new Amsterdam Office - contemporary office fit out

41. Inside Facebook’s new HQ - by Hannah Craggs RFD - sourced from Design Week

 Inside Facebook’s new HQ
 Inside Facebook’s new HQ - contemporary interior architecture
 Inside Facebook’s new HQ - interior design and architecture

Facebook staff have begun moving into their new offices in California, designed by Frank Gehry, which have been designed as “the largest open floor plan in the world”. The offices will house 2800 staff, and it incorporates a single room that fits thousands of people in; along with small spaces for collaboration. The building itself has a very simple design, and is made to feel like a work in progress; to show “how much left there is to be done is their mission to connect the world”. The interior features artwork and installations throughout, and the building also features a 4ha rooftop park with walking trails and outdoor work spaces.

 Inside Facebook’s new HQ - contemporary office fit out

40. Victoria Plumb Headquarters - by Alex Jenneson - sourced from RFD

Victoria Plumb Headquarters
Victoria Plumb Headquarters - contemporary interior architecture
Victoria Plumb Headquarters - interior design and architecture

Victoria Plumb have recently moved to a new office premises designed and fitted out by RFD. The office comprises of cool new furniture ranges by Boss Design such as meeting pods and their smart new Shuffle seating concept. A large fully glazed central cafe space has been created which dissects the Directors zone from the main open plan office which creates a warming and fun zone for staff to break away and have some quality down time. The modern space shows new trends which are being incorporated into office environment and shows how top companies are investing in their staff and work environments like never before.

Victoria Plumb Headquarters - contemporary office fit out

39. Candy Crush Office Design - by Hannah Craggs RFD - sourced from Dezeen

 Candy Crush Office Design
 Candy Crush Office Design - contemporary interior architecture
 Candy Crush Office Design - interior design and architecture

Swedish design agency Adolfsson & Partners have designed the new Stockholm offices for interactive game developer King - the company behind the popular video game Candy Crush Saga. The offices are split over two floors and include carousel dining tables and trampoline seats and the spaces are divided into zones themed around landscapes and characters from King games. The agency aimed to design “a creative office landscape that communicates King’s soul, a place that with ‘fun’ and ‘magic’ as its watchwords can be called a kingdom”. The office reflects what King create, and creates an environment for employees to both work and be inspired.



 Candy Crush Office Design - contemporary office fit out

38. Arkham decorates como theatre restaurant with virtual geometries - sourced from designboom

 Arkham decorates como theatre restaurant with virtual geometries
 Arkham decorates como theatre restaurant with virtual geometries - contemporary interior architecture
 Arkham decorates como theatre restaurant with virtual geometries - interior design and architecture

The internal surfaces refer to elements of the stage, using a deep maroon color similar to the typical curtain that opens and closes to signal various parts of a performance. to create an exciting contrast with the still white walls and vaults, the panels further the metaphor by mimicking the textures of the traditional cloth, negotiating a rhythm of matte and gloss. The leather chairs, the red curtains, the spotlights are all meant evoke the mystery and the surreal state of a famous scene from ‘twin peaks’, a movie directed by david lynch. based on this moment, the concepts ‘two faced’ and ‘mirror’ were abstracted to drive the rest of the project. the volume of the bar extends from the lounge area to foyer representing a juxtaposition between new and old faces. the ideas become more evident in the corridor that continues circulation to the courtyard. here, they are used as an optical instrument: a geometrical form flashes at the beginning of the crimson-clad pathway, presents the anamorphosis of a rotated rectangle from a specific vantage point, and then crashes dynamically as visitors walk towards the back of the restaurant.

 Arkham decorates como theatre restaurant with virtual geometries - contemporary office fit out

. RFD Announcement - The Bloc - by Hannah Craggs RFD

RFD Announcement - The Bloc
RFD Announcement - The Bloc - contemporary interior architecture
RFD Announcement - The Bloc - interior design and architecture

The Bloc is designed to cater for companies requiring an office. The Bloc has office space to accommodate for a single occupant, through to organisations finding a home for their sales, marketing, administration or training needs. We believe that The Bloc offers a comfortable working home for all. Our bespoke interiors create the perfect environment with a tranquil contemporary feel and on site facilities. RFD were the consultants commissioned to advise upon the external architecture concept creating slick architectural lines throughout the building. As well as creating a flexible, bespoke and tailored interior for businesses to feel great and thrive.

RFD Announcement - The Bloc - contemporary office fit out

36. Cocoon - sourced from Boss Design

Cocoon
Cocoon - contemporary interior architecture
Cocoon - interior design and architecture

The Cocoon chair aims to provide use for a multi functional environment and flexibility. With high sides, back and roof provide total privacy from the surrounding environment without the need for internal structures. Based around one simple unit, Cocoon can be used for team meetings, collaborative tasks or a base for the day. Great for small team meetings instead of booking out a meeting room, and provides businesses with flexible office spaces for expansion and contraction.

Cocoon - contemporary office fit out

35. Tchair by Tomas Libertiny’s design studio and Dutch brand Tchai International - sourced from Dezeen

 Tchair by Tomas Libertiny’s design studio and Dutch brand Tchai International
 Tchair by Tomas Libertiny’s design studio and Dutch brand Tchai International - contemporary interior architecture
 Tchair by Tomas Libertiny’s design studio and Dutch brand Tchai International - interior design and architecture

Tomas Libertiny’s design studio used multiple body casts to dictate the shape of this seat for Dutch brand Tchai International, which has been shown in Milan last month. Rotterdam-based Studio Libertiny shaped the vacuum-formed thermoplastic seat and back of the T-chair by using plaster casts of different people to create the optimum form for overall comfort. The thin plastic seat is curved to support the inner thighs and angled to optimise blood flow to the lower leg. Tchair is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, and has an inbuilt flexibility for additional comfort. The studio used structural steel to create the four curved legs and two bars that support the back.

 Tchair by Tomas Libertiny’s design studio and Dutch brand Tchai International - contemporary office fit out

. RFD Announcement - GF Smith - by Hannah Craggs

 RFD Announcement - GF Smith
 RFD Announcement - GF Smith - contemporary interior architecture
 RFD Announcement - GF Smith - interior design and architecture

GF Smith has just undergone a re-branding and has also decided to incorporate a refurbishment of their headquarters in the process. The re-design of these office spaces maintain there functional areas with a modern stylish edge with the use of creative lighting and warm colours makes this a desirable place to work. Break out space provide employees to break away from their desk to relax and unwind in comfort.

 RFD Announcement - GF Smith - contemporary office fit out

33. Coqoon tablet pillow by designer Koen Yorst - by Hannah Craggs - sourced from coqoon

 Coqoon tablet pillow by designer Koen Yorst
 Coqoon tablet pillow by designer Koen Yorst - contemporary interior architecture
 Coqoon tablet pillow by designer Koen Yorst - interior design and architecture

coqoon tablet pillow secures flat screens into place for comfort [all images courtesy of coqoon] the ‘coqoon tablet pillow’ conceived by dutch designer koen vorst enables one to easily relax while using a flat screen device. presented during Milan Design Week 2014, the soft holder is made from 100% woollen kvadrat fabrics and feather inners. two strips line the surface to secure a 10-inch tablet in place, without the need to remove it for charging or to insert headphones as either end is remains accessible. the tablet pillow fits multiple products and is available in a range of colors and makes checking mail, reading a book or watching a film as comfortable as possible.

 Coqoon tablet pillow by designer Koen Yorst - contemporary office fit out

32. Aluminium and timber light shades by Nick Sadowsky use gravity - by Hannah Craggs - sourced from Dezeen

 Aluminium and timber light shades by Nick Sadowsky use gravity
 Aluminium and timber light shades by Nick Sadowsky use gravity - contemporary interior architecture
 Aluminium and timber light shades by Nick Sadowsky use gravity - interior design and architecture

Gravity keeps the aluminium and timber components of these lamp shades by industrial designer Nick Sadowsky locked together. The pieces on the Spindent Light don’t use any screws or adhesives, instead relying on aligned component parts that slot into each other and are kept together by gravity and their own weight. The light’s soft triangular shape features two pieces of anodised aluminium, separated by a thin strip of timber to create a minimal shade for either the home or office. A black fabric electrical cord completes the monochrome look.

 Aluminium and timber light shades by Nick Sadowsky use gravity - contemporary office fit out

31. Zaha Hadid has completed a Hong Kong boutique for Stuart Weitzman - by Hannah Craggs - sourced from Dezeen

 Zaha Hadid has completed a Hong Kong boutique for Stuart Weitzman
 Zaha Hadid has completed a Hong Kong boutique for Stuart Weitzman - contemporary interior architecture
 Zaha Hadid has completed a Hong Kong boutique for Stuart Weitzman - interior design and architecture

Zaha Hadid has completed a Hong Kong boutique for Stuart Weitzman - her latest sinuous store interior for the American footwear designer. The boutique is surrounded by glass walls to maximise the exposure of the products in the busy retail environment. “The adaptive design of the IFC store expresses the dynamism of the city and reflects the quality and craftsmanship of Stuart Weitzman’s shoes,” said Hadid. A large sculptural element extends from the walls and spans across the ceiling, then swoops down to create a niche in front of the glass walls for showcasing the shoes.

 Zaha Hadid has completed a Hong Kong boutique for Stuart Weitzman - contemporary office fit out

30. Decorative Concrete Design for Modern Interiors - by Hannah Craggs - sourced from Interior Zine

Decorative Concrete Design for Modern Interiors
Decorative Concrete Design for Modern Interiors  - contemporary interior architecture
Decorative Concrete Design for Modern Interiors  - interior design and architecture

Concrete can now seen to be used in an unexpected and unusual ways and it would seem that there is nothing that can’t be made using this versatile material. It is impressive to observe how concrete can be sculptured into a contemporary solution and through this unconventional approach towards concrete these clean classical forms of lamps and candle sticks bring a strong modern and urban sensation to any interior decor.

Decorative Concrete Design for Modern Interiors  - contemporary office fit out

29. RFD Announcement - City Health Care Partnership CIC - by Abi Townsend - sourced from RFD

RFD Announcement - City Health Care Partnership CIC
RFD Announcement - City Health Care Partnership CIC - contemporary interior architecture
RFD Announcement - City Health Care Partnership CIC - interior design and architecture

Red Frog Design Ltd have created a very cool and sophisticated office relocation for a large northern based Healthcare organisation named CHCP. Completed earlier this month, City Health Care Partnership consists of around 17,000sq ft of commercial space, broken down into zones to suit the company’s needs. The project used a collaboration of different products from a number of suppliers such as Tektura, Karndean and Desso to name a few. Through the use of these products a modern, unique and functional environment was created that the client feels comfortably at home in. Working closely with the client meant that we were able create a communal and functional ground floor area that features a sleek cafe area, a beautiful boardroom and versatile training rooms. The two upper floors of open plan offices accommodate for the majority of CHCP’s workforce which are smartly divided from the Directors offices with high quality, sound proofed partitioning. The project has been such a success that it has been short-listed for an award in the Commercial section for the ‘Pro Yorkshire Awards’ where the RICS showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. For more information on the project, check it out on our ‘work’ page.

RFD Announcement - City Health Care Partnership CIC - contemporary office fit out

28. Momentum Global Investment Management - by Hannah Craggs - sourced from Mix Interiors Magazine

Momentum Global Investment Management
Momentum Global Investment Management - contemporary interior architecture
Momentum Global Investment Management - interior design and architecture

The relocation of the Momentum Global Investment Management offices really attracted our attention in this months issue of MIX magazine. As a subsidiary off the MMI group they previously shared office space and leaped at the opportunity to relocate. What we really like about this workspace is the conceptional ‘red ribbon’ effect that flows throughout the scheme, running as slanted partitioning which is definitely a talking point. This statement is complimented through high quality yet simplistic materials and colour choices that obviously satisfy the clients needs. MMoser Associates have created a really diverse workspace that where an employee or project does not lose their own identity.

Momentum Global Investment Management - contemporary office fit out

27. Lee Broom - Clear Crystal Bulb

 Lee Broom - Clear Crystal Bulb
 Lee Broom - Clear Crystal Bulb - contemporary interior architecture
 Lee Broom - Clear Crystal Bulb - interior design and architecture

When choosing a pendant light for a project, it is often difficult to find something that completely compliments a scheme. We believe that the Lee Broom Crystal Bulb light is great in a variety of ways. Without overpowering and [excuse the pun] outshining other features within a project, it acts as an ornamental piece and creates beautiful patterns of light within the space. The bulb is atmospheric and the fitting simplistic thus creating a perfect partnership that is versatile enough to use in different styles of design. Keep an eye out for it popping up in our future projects!

 Lee Broom - Clear Crystal Bulb - contemporary office fit out