We may have our differences, but we can unite on one thing – you have been or will be working in an office environment at some point (even if that means popping in for a quick business meeting to someone’s office). Office spaces are an integral part of adult life yet the importance of spending effort in making it work around us is often overlooked. We trained ourselves to dread the 9 to 5 thinking that office environment kills creativity, disconnects people and generally negatively effects our wellbeing.
For a long time pesky cubicles and dull spaces were all we knew, but the game of office design has been dramatically changing with modern agencies embracing an open-office trend and aiming to create spaces which lead to better communication, encourage collaboration and inspire the ones that work there. Without getting into too much talk about freelancers (there’s a lot of exciting stuff going on in co-working office design scene!), we can all agree that the place you spend one third of your day is as important as the people you work with or the job itself. On that note, I’ve decided to look into inspiring offices across Scandinavia proving that you can and you should work in style. For the first one to kick off the series, I’ve chosen KiCK office in Copenhagen.
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I laid my eyes upon this space back in 2014 and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since. The mind behind this design is Copenhagen-based architect and designer Helle Flou with a portfolio of absolutely stunning projects, both commercial and residential. She was in charge of a major face-lift of fabulous two storey 1835-built, heritage-lised A.N.Hansen mansion in Fredriksstaden, central Copenhagen, now home to KiCK (Kopenhagen Internationale Centre for Kreativitiet/Copenhagen International Centre for Creativity) – an umbrella organisation co-ordinating activities and pooling resources to strengthen Danish fashion. Danish Fashion and Textile Association and Copenhagen Fur decided to move in together to start this innovation centre and lucky for us, this new collaboration with the help of Helle Flou produced an amazing offices we can now gaze upon.
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The designer was over-seeing two companies, both of which have strong brand identity and are associated with craftsmanship, quality and unique products. In order to give the building a common identity across two floors she developed a concept of a “Nordic Diamond”, drawing inspiration from Scandinavian appreciation of light and extremely elegant yet solid nature of a diamond. “These two elements have jointly created the guidelines for a balanced and harmonious space” (Helle Flou).
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Although both floors are linked through this concept each floor has a distinct style and artistic theme. Danish Fashion and Textile offices are clearly based on minimalistic Danish design with the focus on clean lines, tone-on-tone colour combinations and dashes of colour. It looks contemporary yet future-proof: this high quality and timeless decor won’t date any time soon. The ground floor has a number of work areas separated by custom- built black dividers to prevent noise and disturbance, however, there’s a strong feeling of continuity as matching colours create visual touch with the rest of the room.
Copenhagen Fur office (1st floor) and workshop (2nd floor) features deeper colours, furs and gold echoing a modern version of Art Deco. The space looks luxurious, elegant and functional. The office space boast an impressive high ceiling and serves a variety of business functions: you’ll see a welcoming arrival lounge and reception area, desks for administrative staff, an impressive meeting room for up to 24 people, personal cloakrooms and well-needed and often neglected print/storage room. The second floor workshop space consists of a large open space with a number of workshop areas, sewing machines, shelves and racks for samples, a meeting table and a tea kitchen for those moments when you just need a nice cuppa.
So, where do you stand on this debate and what do you expect from your workplace? Have you heard of a swanky office you’d like to know more about? Ping us an email to [email protected] or tweet @NordicStyleMag and let’s chat.
Special thank you goes to Helle Flou, who was kind enough to share her thoughts on the project and provide us with breathtaking images.
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