This design and build project was dedicated to creating the right atmosphere through visual and decorative works. The design process was collaborative with DI playing an active role in the process.
The brief revolved around creating a hub-like space that employees would be eager to return to.
A key focus of the space is the social side of the office; a large tea point and break out area. To amplify the relaxed, collaborative atmosphere we added a central island to easily gather round, complete with booth seating. To promote a sense of togetherness we needed to create an inviting community space.
DI’s new workplace needed to provide a mix of collaboration and work stations to suit any given task, giving employees the freedom over how they work while they’re in the office. DI have a neurodiverse team, and it was important to ensure every member of staff had a place to feel comfortable, secure and productive.
Throughout the office we have reused existing furniture and combined it with interior styling to help bridge the gap between home and the office. Soft touches make the space feel homely yet vibrant, using a mix of natural materials, textures and an earthy colour palette.
DI had some sentimental artwork like tapestries they’ve been gifted over the years; these were incorporated as focal points in the wider design.
Stepping away from traditional white walls, there are subtle yet striking features like Bauwerk limewash paint in the reception and breakout spaces which closely aligns and compliments their branding.
Finally, to acknowledge their global presence with roots in Africa and an offices in London and Washington, there are clocks throughout the space that help keep everyone from different time zones in sync.