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.