February 26, 2020
How should you design an office for an industrial gas company? When faced with this unusual brief, the Taiwanese architects and interior designers at Waterfrom Design took their inspirations from the industrial equipment which powers their client's business.
This idiosyncratic open plan office is filled with desks custom-made with industrial gas bottles, canisters and tanks. Cut to shape and painted in a rich orange colour (inspired by buttons in laboratory equipment panels), these have been imaginatively upcycled into table legs and shelf supports. The desk tops are all in glass, transparent like the gasses which the client work with and all the better for appreciating the bold shapes of the industrial features.
The wooden floor boards are stained in grass green which, together with the potted plants dotted around the office, provide a welcome contrast to the orange industrial fixtures. The pièce de résistance has to be the main meeting room, where an enormous glass top sits atop a collection of industrial cylinders in a highly sculptural composition which would not look out of place in a modern art gallery.
The overall effect is sleek and sophisticated, cleverly on-brand and rather fun. What more could a client ask for?
Add some fun with industrial themed accessories such as the Smokestack fireplace from Frederik Roije, the Concrete Pipeline stem vase from Lyon Beton or the Spoiled Copper Metallic wallpaper from NLXL.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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