Workplace & Office Design at ClusterHQ

I have the good fortune of working with a rich variety of clients, and it’s been great adding ClusterHQ to the list, introduced to me by the nice folk at Fffuncion.co.

Whilst focusing on getting the design right for ClusterHQ we talked through a lot of ideas and together we created some mood boards to communicate our ideas.

We wanted to make the space more comfortable, welcoming and fun.

In our design meetings we discussed inspirations ranging from 2001: A Space Odyssey, ClusterHQ’s love for Frasier (Dr Frasier Crane), hexagons, bicycles and the desire to keep things local where possible.

With this in mind I spent some time whizzing around the Shuffle Showroom, People’s Republic Of Stokes Croft and a few other galleries looking for prints, alongside sourcing local companies and makers to provide lockers and some wonderfully slick whiteboards.

The main challenge in working within such a large, corporate office building, is making the design ideas work without the experience feeling jarring. For example creating a living room style space within a large building without it looking odd and making that beautiful mid century G Plan coffee table fit in.

Coffee / breakout room, with a small hint in print to Dr Frasier Crane.

Coffee / breakout room, with a small hint in print to Dr Frasier Crane.

Classic mid century G Plan table.

Classic mid century G Plan table.

The bicycle room – the focus here was to create a functioning workspace, whilst providing a practical space to store cycling gear. Here I used some beautiful Opendesk lockers. ClusterHQ loved the idea of open source furniture design.

These bespoke shelves match ClusterHQ’s hexagon brand elements.

Locally made Open Desk lockers teamed up with bespoke hexagon shelving.

Locally made Open Desk lockers teamed up with bespoke hexagon shelving.

Prints from Bristol's Bone Shaker magazine.

Prints from Bristol’s Bone Shaker magazine.

ClusterHQ have a Silicon Valley office in San Francisco and we linked the two in the conference room using images of both cities’ iconic bridges. Using the Golden Gate in Bristol and the Clifton Suspension in San Fran.

Sunshine yellow lamp contrasts against stylish grey in the Bristol meets San Fran office.

Sunshine yellow lamp contrasts against stylish grey in the Bristol meets San Fran office.

ClusterHQ also wanted a space that was more relaxing and tranquil. We created a natural, organic theme whilst matching ClusterHQ’s geometric brand elements. We sourced the prints from local artists.

Local artists prints teamed up with plenty of greenery.

Local artists prints teamed up with plenty of greenery.

We didn’t have space to work in 2001: A Space Odyssey, so if anyone does need a glow in the dark Hal plaque, I may be able to help you.

If you’d like me to help transform your office or just want some advice on how to improve your workplace, call me +44 77167 33708 or send me an email michelleoweninteriors@gmail.com. I’d love to help.

 

Liberty Wallpapers – Is That A Meadow On Your Walls?

I’ve been very excited about this collection and now It’s here and it’s beautiful. What a way to burst into the new year with meadows and secret gardens. This collection is an array of colour and texture and it’s defiantly injected some cheer into January for me.

The top two in this collection for me, and that will be added to my Wallpaper Wish List, would have to be the super pretty Meadow that is guaranteed to bring your walls to life, and the gorgeous, rich like fabric Library Shand Voyage.

Liberty  - Grass Mawston Meadow Wallpaper

Liberty – Grass Mawston Meadow Wallpaper

Liberty - Library Shand Voyage Wallpaper

Liberty – Library Shand Voyage Wallpaper

Click here to see all of the other beautiful wallpapers and fabrics in the Secret Garden Collection.

It’s All About The Grey, Welsh Slate Grey.

So as you may have noticed when it comes to walls I’m a wallpaper girl. However that’s not to say that I don’t get a bit over enthusiastic when I spot a nice pot of paint.

Especially when it’s environmentally friendly (this paint gets some big eco bonus points) and a rich shade of Welsh slate inspired grey, and coming from Wales myself, I love that Mini Moderns loves Wales.

Slate Grey by Mini Moderns

Welsh Slate Grey by Mini Moderns

I know, the whole grey trend has been going for quite a while now, but it works, and this one really works. Perfect as a backdrop for any bright key pieces of furniture or prints. And Beautiful teamed up with a sharp crisp white.

Welsh Slate.

Welsh Slate.

Check out Mini Moderns colourful range of paints here

William Morris Love (Wallpaper Wish List)

I’ve been a big fan for as long as I can remember and I’m currently having a bit of a revival.
I recently had the pleasure of hanging some beautiful Golden Lily for a client.

This got me to trawling back through all of my Morris books and of course the beautiful Morris & Co website – Here are some of my favourites.

The absolutely wonderful Strawberry Thief wallpaper.

The absolutely wonderful Strawberry Thief wallpaper.

Strawberry Thief in red.

Strawberry Thief in red.

It warms my heart to see that so many classic Morris designs are still in print today.

Originally named Pomegranate, now produced as Fruit.

Originally named Pomegranate, now produced as Fruit.

I absolutely love the Indian wallpaper below.

Indian

Indian

These designs sit so well in both the contemporary and traditional interior and with the current revival of bold patterns within the home.

Liberty Print Christmas

Being a bit of a Liberty print fan girl and part time crafter. (I have been super busy watching Liberty Of London and working my way through their lovely craft blog).

Give your old baubles a new lease of life with some Liberty prints.

Give your old baubles a new lease of life with some Liberty prints.

As you can imagine, I was very happy to find these beautiful festive Liberty print themed decoration projects on their craft blog. So now, since it’s officially December, I’m letting myself get a little bit Christmassy excited!

Whilst I love the traditional wreath, this beautiful Liberty wreath pictured above and from last years blog (see here for instructions) makes me very happy, it will be a fine crafting task to undertake at our Christmas craft club soire.

For individual Liberty fringed baubles see here for instructions

Get your bauble on with these fringed lovelies.

Get your bauble on with these fringed lovelies.

Also if you fancy seeing your initials in Liberty print or want to craft up a batch of gift tags this ones for you, see here for instructions

Lovely Liberty letters, pop them on your gifts or the tree.

Lovely Liberty letters, pop them on your gifts or the tree.