Step inside this cosy office that feels more akin to a home. Located in
Oak dominates the space—cabinets, desks and furniture are all made of it. The designers used washed, rough terrazzo on the floor and natural mineral plaster on the walls. Dimmable, warm lights and large plants in pots were also added for a further sense of warmth. The furniture is upholstered in natural fabrics with seagrass carpeting and silk carpet adding to the cosiness in the
The focal point is a glazed conference room with glass of variable translucency, allowing for visual privacy when needed, while also accommodating an open and light-filled area for less formal meetings. This space posed one of the bigger challenges of the project. With high ceilings, glass and stone floors, the team had to find unusual solutions to adequately soundproof the room. Another challenge was making such a tall wall out of timber.
Corporate companies tend to make partitions from steel or aluminium sections as a convention, but Colombe’s vision was for the entire room to be made of natural oak. Thanks to the openness of their trusted carpenters, they managed to develop a full-height timber structure.
While they may have been met with some challenges, Colombe has certainly risen to the occasion. Lead designer, Marta Chrapka, elaborates—“Overall, I would sum up this project as very special. First of all, because we started work during the lockdown, when the sense of building a stationary office was not certain and the reality around us generally changed. Moreover, we collided with a lot of regulations and guidelines that significantly influenced the character of the interior and the entire project had very quick lead times.”
For the design team known most for their residential projects, their foray into commercial interiors appears as a natural fit.