Creative Office Space..

We have started work on our first commercial property which is a really exciting move for us and a new challenge to sink our teeth into.

The office spans two floors and is in desperate need of a revamp. The space is outmoded and no longer works for the staff, they are clambering over furniture to get to their desks and weave clients through a maze of desks to get to a meeting room. They have nowhere to relax and eat their lunches so currently, like so many of us, eat in front of their computers. They are also in need of a shower as many of them cycle to work and run in their lunch breaks and they desperately need a kitchen update.

We strongly believe that an office should be an enjoyable place to spend time in. It should be calm and organised allowing for maximum productivity and should create oodles of enthusiasm and creativity. It’s hard to muster up a ‘can do attitude’ when faced with chaos.

One thing we noticed during our first visit was the lack of branding. At present there is no branding, anywhere. At a glance it would be hard to tell who they are or what they do which is so important. Branding is one area in which you can be really playful by just thinking outside the box..

We love this huge quote painted on the front of an office building. The text you use doesn’t have to be limited to the company slogan. It can be a quote that sums up what you are striving to achieve or the atmosphere you want to create. In short, anything that matters to the business.

We love the idea of putting the logo on the ceiling, it is playful and unobtrusive whilst still giving a definitive stamp on the space.

Another way to incorporate the branding into the space is to use the company colours..

There are several industrial details in the building and being industrial enthusiasts we want to draw attention to these. And what better way than painting the visible pipes in the colours of the brand. Sadly, our budget won’t stretch to a multi-coloured array of pipes but, we think we can get away with one single colour.

Another, really nice way to use and play with colour is to apply blocks of it within the space..

It is not often that you see a brightly painted door. By using blocks of colour you can subtly keep the branding running consistently throughout the building.

We will keep you updated as the project progresses, we are currently in the process of sifting through our ideas and figuring out the ones that will work best.

Thanks Mum..

Mother’s Day is this Sunday 30th March and your brilliant Mum deserves to be spoilt. We can make it really easy for you be sending your gift directly to your Mum with a personal message from you inside. Here are just a few of our favourite ideas…

What will you be treating your Mum to this mothers day?

 

 

Sensing spaces at The Royal Academy

As we are currently designing a space ourselves and as we spend our days redesigning the spaces of others we thought it was imperative for us to visit the Sensing spaces exhibition at The Royal Academy. To gather ideas and inspiration and try to think about space differently.

The show is a collection of work from the most creative architectural minds from around the world. Seven architectural practices from six countries have come to the RA to give us a new perspective on architecture and how we view space with a series of large scale installations.

It is a very interactive exhibition and relies on the participation of the viewer, we are encouraged to think about the bigger questions in response to architecture, how does a space make us feel? What does architecture do for our lives?

Here’s a small selection of what we saw and what we thought. If you have seen it we’d love to know what you think as well.

When first walking in we were greeted with a vast wooden structure that resembles a house on very tall stilts. The legs house big spiral staircases that you can clamber up to stand on the top. The staircases are beautiful structures in themselves.Totally spherical and very satisfying to look at.

This straw structure is truly incredible and really interactive, people are encouraged to build on what others have left behind with brightly coloured plastic straws, knitted and knotted together.

The glowing floor on this structure made for an eerie atmosphere, it’s so interesting that by changing one element you can completely transform the mood of a space.

This piece was a favourite, monolithic structures that resembled concrete but were made from something much lighter were suspended from the ceiling and had different coloured spotlights projected on different corners. Completely awe inspiring.

This structure is made of thin strips of bamboo attached together over spotlights resembling curling smoke.

We can thoroughly recommend the exhibition and found it really exciting, particularly the use of light and the interesting experience of travelling though different rooms with contrasting atmospheres.

 

Ideas and inspiration.. our small but perfectly formed kitchen

Moving on to the next room of the Future and Found flat we find ourselves in the kitchen. The kitchen design is compact with clean minimal lines, we wanted to keep the space as open as possible in a bid to try and not disrupt the flow of the overall space.

The kitchen is located at the furthest wall of the open plan first floor, some of this wall being taken up by the small downstairs bathroom, so space is limited. To have achieved a larger kitchen, would have meant switching to an L shape which would break up the space and being greeted with an unattractive cupboard-end when walking into the space.

As it is a multifunctional living space we don’t want the kitchen to scream kitchen. We’ve designed the space so that all the kitchen appliances are integrated (this means that they are behind closed doors) to make the space feel clean, simple and streamlined without the regular kitchen clutter to distract your eye.

We’ve customised a drawer unit under the sink as opposed to a cupboard space that is historically stuffed full of cleaning products. This maximises the storage capacity of tiny area. All the units are a bright clean white and the work top will be grey.

We have opted for a simple white tap which will complement the white tiles and grey grout behind.

A perfect example of an integrated kitchen with a white tap.

A kitchen with complementary tap and tiles and contrasting grey grout.

There will be a single pendant light, above the dining table. Specifically the E27 pendant light by Muuto which we will also be selling in the shop and online. This will create a focal point and an area of activity within the large open plan room.

The lighting has been separated into three circuits, again to create specific areas of activity. One covers the living space, one the kitchen and one the pendant over the dining area. All three are on dimmer switches so the mood can be made more intimate / cosy when required.

As you will see from the quick snaps below there is still a long way to go with this floor but it’s definitely getting there!

The psychology of colour: Calming grey

Grey is a solid and stable colour that creates a sense of calm and composure. It is said to help relax you and provide a rest-bite from the general chaos of the world. The human eye can distinguish up to five hundred different shades of grey, the greys that we find particularly interesting are those which have tonal hints of other colours. A straight grey, which is just a mixture of black and white can be too flat so we would recommend a grey that is mixed with other colours.

Grey has a steadying effect on other colours with which it comes into contact. It tones down strong bright colours and illuminates softer paler colours.

Due to it’s calming and stabilising properties we deem it most appropriate for the bedroom, often shared with another person the bedroom has to be a place of compromise. Conveniently grey is the colour of compromise sitting perfectly in between the extremes of black and white.

Grey is extremely adaptable, so even if you are going for something dramatic or soft and feminine you need look no further.

If you like the look, feel and psychology of a grey bedroom. You can add a spot of grey easily with a few of our accessories..

The psychology of colour: Bright white…

White equals total reflection. It is the complete opposite of black which is total absorption. Just as uncompromising as black white gives a room a heightened perception of space and is said to reduce any nagging feelings of disappointment or drudge. This is why we deem it the best colour for the kitchen where the most onerous tasks take place.

A predominantly white interior gives a feeling of space and cleanliness. Although too much white can feel sterile and cold. The addition of a few pops of colour and varying the temperature and tone of white will stop it from feeling bland or unwelcoming.

Here are some kitchens that have used white to great affect.. 

This sleek polished white kitchen is a cleaning haven. Beautifully framed by black details.

The whiteness of this kitchen is tempered by the textural details. Painting an old brick wall white makes it feel modern and fresh and highlights the tactile surface. We love the wooden cupboard doors in this kitchen and think it really warms up the white. This kitchen is from a small living space in Antwerp which was designed by the architect Katrien Van Doven.

The combination of white metro tiles and off white cupboards makes the kitchen feel warm and welcoming. The industrial quality of the concrete surfaces provides a great contrast with the shiny metro tiles.

If you like this look shop our collection of white kitchen accessories and invite a bit of white into your kitchen.

Bright bathroom: The devil’s in the detail..

We are currently working on the second floor bathroom at our new Future and Found flat so we thought it was a good time to look at it in greater detail and share our plans with you.

We have a very limited budget for this room, so all the details really need to work hard in bringing that designer edge to the space.

The floor will be a greyed off wood laminate. We opted for laminate as it is able to get wet without warping. It is a commercial quality so it will withstand general wear and tear well and still look good in years to come.For the tiles we are going for a simple and inexpensive white tile with a grey grout (as shown above). Not only does this give the tiles a graphic modern feel it, grey grout doesn’t discolour so we won’t up with yellowing grout in the months/years to come.

We have decided to stick to white sanitaryware as it looks clean, modern and simple and is perfect on a budget. The range we have gone for is called Duravit D-Code a particular favourite for it’s simple modern feel.Now for the fun bit.. we are opting for yellow details in this room to complement the grey. Also, the bathroom is full of sunshine in the mornings and a pop of yellow is particularly refreshing.

We have decided to splurge on some gorgeous Japanese spotty towels which will also be introduced into our collection in the Autumn.

And we are currently brainstorming on cheerful yellow details, here’s a peek at choice few..

Yellow stool by Iacoli & McAllister

Yellow bamboo toothbrush by nomess copenhagen available to buy at Goodhood

Yellow wire basket from hellopolly.au

Towels.. coming soon to Future and Found.

 

 

Dashing Doors…

Something nice for a Thursday afternoon, the often overlooked door deserves a bit of appreciation..

Hidden concrete finish door source unknown, yellow triangle garage door by Jamie Mclellan, pink and yellow door from Laugavvegur in Iceland (photographer unknown), orange door on wooden house by Daniel Fagerburg Architecture in Sweden (photographer unknown), yellow door on grey wall by taxydromos69 on flikr, neon door sculpture by the artist Gavin Turk, blue door (source unknown), colourful triangular door by Simply Photo on Flickr, angular wooden door from House D by HHF Architects photo by Tom Bisig, neon painted door (photographer unknown)

 

We’re moving!

Yes, we are moving! Thrilled and daunted in equal measure by the prospect. We’re bursting at the seams at our current shop space, there are only so many avalanches of stock you can take before you realise it’s time to expand.

In February of last year we were looking for a space to shoot our new collection and low and behold tucked around the corner from our shop on Fortess Road in Tufnell Park we discovered this amazing building. An old industrial monolith that we think was probably once a piano factory, left empty with just a city of pigeons inside. It has had many reincarnations throughout it’s life including a film school that a few locals still remember.

Never before though has it been a live work space. But we happily gained planning permission late in 2013. The top two floors will be a gorgeous open plan flat and the ground floor will house the shop and interior design studio. There is also a courtyard out the front which means we can expand into outdoor product categories.

It is such a fantastic opportunity for us… not only do we get to design our perfect shop and studio but we are also designing our very own Future and Found flat. No better way to exercise our interior design muscles. We are eagerly pinning away our inspiration on the Future and Found pinterest page. We have heaps of ideas for the flat and shop space including a minimal peg wall and giant box for kids to cause havoc in outside.

In the weeks to come we will be sharing the development with you room by room including the design difficulties that we have over come and how we have worked within a very tight budget. Sharing a bit of insight which we hope will come in handy for you and your own home renovations.

We can’t wait!