MIXD was engaged by Echo Investment to design an office to reflect the nature of an investor’s activity for their location in Warsaw, Poland.

Particular emphasis was placed on the scale of investment activities carried out by the company (the biggest Polish developer) and on the unlimited possibilities of creation in the area of city building.

The main inspiration for the project was the film “Inception” directed by Christopher Nolan. Its main plot unfolds on increasingly deeper levels of sleep, each stage of which has been carefully planned by architects, often clearly against the laws of physics. Hence the idea for the first thing that catches our eyes after entering the office – the ceiling in the lobby area decorated with forms of abstract buildings. This directly refers to the iconic scene from “Inception”, in which the city turns upside down. Each of the characters in Nolan’s film had an artifact that distinguished dream from reality. One such artifact in the Echo Investment office is the Magis rocking chairs Spun, which are confusingly similar to the spinning top that appears in the film.

The office itself – very elegant and made with great attention to detail – undoubtedly has something homey about it. This is due to the noble materials: wood, ceramics, metal, fabrics, and leather, as well as warm colors palette.

Another source of inspiration was Warsaw Breweries – the place where the Echo Investment office is located. Numerous copper details refer to the brewing vats. In addition to copper, the design uses original cast-iron poles from the demolition of the former breweries buildings, which have been given a new function – plant pots.

The entrance area is full of motifs straight from an architectural studio. A wooden model of Warsaw appears on the wall with Echo investments marked on it, next to it there is a large-format wallpaper with the capital city’s urban plan. Cloakroom door handles are in the form of scaled brass setsquares – similar to those used by architects working on drawing boards. The reception desk stands on an unfolded sheet of “graph paper”, it is illuminated by Artemide’s Tolomeo drawing lamps in XXL scale.

The thread of “Inception” found its continuation, among others. in conference rooms – each of them is a different stage of sleep. Just as in dreams, surprising, impossible, non-existent things and events often appear suddenly, in each of the conference rooms there is at least one characteristic element from the border of waking and dreaming or the sphere of optical illusions.

In the main kitchen of the office, there is a galvanized scaffolding spatial installation and a table with a base made of glass bricks. Additionally, lamps are planned here, which are an interpretation of the Echo Investment logo.

Design: MIXD
Design Team: Piotr Kalinowski, Katarzyna Majer-Hola, Paweł Panek, Joanna Mazurek, Alicja Dziedziela, Marta Czarnecka, Katarzyna Stasina, Marta Jakubas, Anna Stachi, Beata Ogrodnik, Dominika Niewczas-Januszek, Małgorzata Trelińska, Adam Warchoł, Anna Kosecka, Agnieszka Kaczara, Martina Mirecki, Martyna Kolanus, Igor Demuth, Marta Filik, Jolanta Cioroch, Anna Szmańska, Olga Grabda, Stepan Symynets, Joanna Paterska, Małgorzata Zielonka, Aleksandra Bujacz, Adrianna Olszewska, Agata Motyka, Maja Ciszewska , Patryk Marciniszyn, Karolina Babiarz, Monika Sidorowicz, Jakub Bak, Magdalena Welcz, Julia Iwańczuk
Furniture Dealer: Bakata Design
Photography: PION Studio

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