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.

Mini Moderns (Wallpaper Wish List)

My Wallpaper wish list is ever growing and I think I need to add another wallpaper to it!
The Paisley Cresent wallpaper by Mini Moderns

The gorgeous and fun Paisley Cresent.

The gorgeous and fun Paisley Cresent.

This wallpaper was launched from the ‘Buddha of Suburbia’ collection and being a fan of both India and bicycles, what’s not to love about this Paisley with a modern twist?
I love a conversational wallpaper, Can you spot the bike?

Lovely little bicycle  details!

Lovely little bicycle details!

Check out the lovely website for a whole range of beautiful wallpapers, paints and furnishings Mini Moderns

House Of Hackney (Wallpaper Wish List)

I’m an absolute sucker for a bold pattern and a punch of colour, and that’s exactly what the wonderful House Of Hackney are providing.

The gorgeous Peoneden wallpaper

The gorgeous Peoneden wallpaper

With their bold wallpapers and matching fabrics, beautiful lampshades and furniture. I love that you can almost lose your lamp as it blends in wonderfully with your freshly wallpapered wall.

Peoneden wallpaper and lamps in Absinthe green.

Peoneden wallpaper and lamps in Absinthe green.

Or maybe misplace your sofa that’s neatly tucked in between your beautiful furnishings.

The Iinferno 'Martello' Sofa sits very stylishly with  matching lamps and furnishings.

The Iinferno ‘Martello’ Sofa sits very stylishly with matching lamps and furnishings.

Amazing Palmeral  wallpaper and pineapple lampstand.

Amazing Palmeral wallpaper and pineapple lampstand.

All of the above wallpapers and more have been added to my current wallpaper wish list.
For more of the above, a stream of beautiful and inspiring images of patterns, wallpapers and a few cute pets thrown in, check out their instagram feed.

William Morris – Golden Lily Wallpaper

This William Morris wallpaper – Golden Lily was joy to hang.

I’m so happy that it’s still being produced and used today, I’m looking forward to finding space for it in my own house one day.

William Morris, Golden Lily wallpaper, recently hung for a client.

William Morris, Golden Lily wallpaper, recently hung for a client.

For maximum impact wallpaper the entire room, as well as using mirrors to reflect the beautiful patterns.

For maximum impact wallpaper the entire room, as well as using mirrors to reflect the beautiful patterns.

William Morris (1834 -1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist activist associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. A true hero of mine. William Morris revived a number of disused techniques and insisted on the use of quality materials, mostly natural dyes, and hand processing.

Here are a few Morris quotes –

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

“Nothing should be made by man’s labour which is not worth making, or which must be made by labour degrading to the makers.”

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

Why The Flock Not.

Last week I had the pleasure of heading up to London to do some wallpapering for Claudia, one of my favourite clients. She has extremely good taste in wallpaper, a cat called Mr Humphries and a little Pug dog called Willy! What’s not to love.

I also got the chance to take some pics of a beautiful red and gold vintage flock ceiling that I wallpapered a little while ago.

Make a statement with some vintage flock wallpaper on your ceiling.

Make a statement with some vintage flock wallpaper on your ceiling.

Vintage lights set off this wallpaper wonderfully.

Vintage lights set off this wallpaper wonderfully.

Mr Humphries, love this little fella, he kept me company all week. :)

Mr Humphries, love this little fella, he kept me company all week 🙂

Willy the Pug having a nap. It's hard work all that wallpapering!

Willy the Pug having a nap. It’s hard work all that wallpapering!

Wallpaper: My Top Three Favorites.

Flavor Paper

I discovered this super cool wallpaper company on my last visit to Brooklyn, I was also lucky enough to sneak a peek at these guys working (albeit through the window!). I really must try and get in for a visit next time I’m in town.

Its such a beautiful workspace and also just a stones throw away from Brooklyn’s amazing Smith Street, teeming with cafes, craft shops and thrift. A must see on any Brooklyn visit.

Inside this lovely space Flavor Paper is busy hand screen printing lots of beautiful, shiny, colourful wallpapers. Options are also available for custom designs FlavorPaper

There are really too many designs for me to wax lyrical about here, so check out the web site for an extensive selection – FlavorPaper and be sure to check out the Warhol Collection I’m a sucker for a Warhol print and they really do have quite a few.

Flavor Paper's Warhol Collection.

Flavor Paper’s Warhol Collection.

 

Quirk & Rescue

I love these guys and I was so happy to stumble across this wonderful East London company on Twitter. Bold and punchy, they have such a great style and they really have nailed this geometric design. It’s everyting a geometric wallpaper should be. All hail the HexaGone.

Quirk & Rescue's HexaGone.

Quirk & Rescue’s HexaGone.

Check out the awesome colour ways available here

All The Fruits

This gorgeous little company is made up of Jessica Pinotti and graphic designer Stephan Cheetham I have the pleasure of knowing Jessica from my, (living in an amazing creative warehouse space) London days, and these beautiful ideas come as no surprise.

Super cute, super conversational, these simple, yet bold graphic design style wallpapers are a joy the look at. You can even cut and paste some! Great news if your mind boggles at the thought of working out the pattern repeat.

All The Fruits - Cut & Paste wallpapers.

All The Fruits – Cut & Paste wallpapers.

Check out the Cut & Paste designs here.

An Ode to Wallpaper

I love wallpaper.

I love its ability to transform, warm up and expand a space all at the same time. Its depth, the emotion it can evoke. The stories and struggles told within its design.
Conversational papers, flocked papers, historical papers, pretty papers, I could go on.

I love what you can do with wallpaper – Paper the ceiling, patchwork and
mix things up, create a montage, add things like maps or postcards.
You can even paper the door and frame! I’ve done this. Um… Could you show the way out please?

Hidden doorway - Some wallpapering that I did for the Fornasetti showroom Milan.

Hidden doorway – Some Wallpapering I did for the Fornasetti showroom Milan.