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6. Model Home: Rem Koolhaas Unveils Knoll Prototypes at Prada - sourced from Interior Design Magazine

 Model Home: Rem Koolhaas Unveils Knoll Prototypes at Prada
 Model Home: Rem Koolhaas Unveils Knoll Prototypes at Prada - contemporary interior architecture
 Model Home: Rem Koolhaas Unveils Knoll Prototypes at Prada - interior design and architecture

If fashion were high school, Miuccia Prada might be the plain, nerdy girl who still manages to be popular. Best friends with the cheerleaders, despite her funny outfits. Rich, at $12.4 billion by Forbes’s last count. But the brainy kids think she’s cool, and the teachers love her. If architecture were high school, Rem Koolhaas would be the kind of consummate outsider whose charming disaffection quickly makes him an insider with the right people. He has the studied scowl of success. He and Prada hold court at separate tables in the cafeteria.

 Model Home: Rem Koolhaas Unveils Knoll Prototypes at Prada - contemporary office fit out

5. Peer 1 Hosting

Peer 1 Hosting
Peer 1 Hosting - contemporary interior architecture
Peer 1 Hosting - interior design and architecture

Peer 1 Hosting’s new European headquarters, we should add, is located in Southampton (well, seeing as we’re visiting a pier, it’s hardly going to be in Coventry!). Since its launch in 1999, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Peer 1 Hosting has grown into one of the world’s leading hosting providers – and, despite the fact that it only entered the UK market in 2009, has already become the second largest managed hosting company in the country. In fact, Peer 1 Hosting currently hosts 1% of the world’s million busiest websites! This, we are told, has been achieved by delivering exceptional service and by investing in best-of-breed technology for its infrastructure. Today the company can boast over 500 employees in 14 cities across Europe and North America, as well as over 13,000 Customers and 20,000 Dedicated Servers.

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4. Google Interiors - sourced from Mix Interiors Magazine

Google Interiors
Google Interiors - contemporary interior architecture
Google Interiors - interior design and architecture

As we all know, each generation brings with it a number of brands which, apparently out of the ether, become part of the landscape and part of the language. Google is surely the finest example for this generation. Google has already transcended from noun (the common noun for search engine as well as brand name, of course) to verb. How many of you have Googled today? We have – on our Google Nexus 7, no less! We reckon there’s no end in sight to this ascendency. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes an adjective. This industry, of course, has had good reason to keep Google in its radar over the last few years. Award winning schemes and inventive work settings have filled pages (and here’s four more for you) and dominated conversations. Following on from those previous much-admired and discussed HQ schemes for Google in London, this new facility shows even more clever examples of PENSON’s workplace strategy inventions. The revolutionary L3 Google Engineering HQ in Victoria blends the old and the new perfectly – not in that traditional sense, but rather in the PENSON sense. Level 3 is the latest addition to the Google Victoria ‘fleet’ of HQ’s. It is also incredibly clever on (excuse the pun!) a whole number of levels, integrating the very best of what has come before with some brilliant fit-for-purpose new ideas.

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3. RFD reveal inspiring University of Derby library refurb

RFD reveal inspiring University of Derby library refurb
RFD reveal inspiring University of Derby library refurb - contemporary interior architecture
RFD reveal inspiring University of Derby library refurb - interior design and architecture

RFD have created a truly modern and uniquely original environment for the University of Derby. The brief was to create a modern and fun refurbishment solution for a dull and uninspiring library, so that’s what they did. They focussed on an inspiring interior solutions that enriches morale for their users. The library features artwork that’s a colourful mix of environmental and technology pieces, at once both inspiring and relaxing to increase morale for all.

RFD reveal inspiring University of Derby library refurb - contemporary office fit out

2. Electric, Paris - sourced from FX Magazine

 Electric, Paris
 Electric, Paris - contemporary interior architecture
 Electric, Paris - interior design and architecture

This design of this club space, with stunning views over the Paris skyline, is so flexible that it is equally engaging during the day as in the evening and into the small hours of the morning… ‘If Alice in Wonderland had liked rock music this is where she would have spent her days and nights,’ says French designer Mathieu Lehanneur of one of his latest projects, the interior of a new bar and nightclub on the penthouse floor of a seven-storey building near Versailles. It seems that the gothic surrealism of filmmaker Tim Burton, who directed the 2010 film of Alice in Wonderland, was a big influence when it came to designing this scheme, in which sinuous black tree trunks made of fibreglass seem to have sprouted from floor before opening up into a canopy of twisted branches that supports lighting and sound equipment. It is, says Lehanneur, a canopy of sound suspended between heaven and earth’.

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1. RFD combine modern thinking with Georgian charm - sourced from RFD

RFD combine modern thinking with Georgian charm
RFD combine modern thinking with Georgian charm - contemporary interior architecture
RFD combine modern thinking with Georgian charm - interior design and architecture

RFD have showed what achieved with modern thinking and a strong passion for interior architecture. The warmth and quirky old atmosphere from the old brewery building now makes for an inspired space for the SGS creative team to work. The design is current to the contemporary ethos of SGS and has a corporate, yet calming ambiance throughout. Much of the original architecture and building features were emphasised alongside the commercial interior fittings and modern bespoke furniture. The building and interior architecture affects their brand, people and professional ethos, while old feature trinkets help gel the ambiance of the original brewery building. The loft space within the old Brewery boasted original beams and exposed brickwork with original Georgian windows to the rear walls. Old feature trinkets and brewery associated items such as vintage bottles, clocks, casks and barrels were introduced into the interior design to help combine the atmosphere within the old Brewery building. This adds personality and charm to the already superb architectural features present within the building. RFD created and delivered a broad and revitalising artwork solution within the building consisting of prints, framed brewery items, original sepia photos of the Maltings development from the late 19th century as glass blasted manifestations and rear lit artwork pieces.

RFD combine modern thinking with Georgian charm - contemporary office fit out