We recently completed this large-scale commission for an underwriting company in the City.
The brief was to create an eye-catching design but in an unusual shape, detailed in the floorplan above.
As can be seen from the ‘before’ images above, the area where the carpet was required replaced an existing hardwood floor which had been zoned into meeting areas.
The proposal was to open up this area and cover the footprint with a carpet concealing any remnant of the supports for the room dividers, which meant the floor had to be levelled off with latex.
From the outset it was decided a 100% wool carpet, hand-tufted here in Britain would be ideal. This combination of hard wearing wool and the relative speed of hand tufting for such a large project was perfect for practical purposes and the delivery time involved.
Commercial Sales & Marketing Designer Alice and Designer Nichola visited the site and selected colours, matched with existing carpeting on the same floor and taking inspiration from the large curved blue glass meeting room which is the focal point of the reception area. Again wear was a major consideration in an area where there is a large volume of foot traffic and a pallette of blacks, greys and blues was decided on.
Colourways agreed, the challenge was to find a design that worked with this unusual, organic shape. Deirdre and Nichola worked on several designs and shortlisted three for presentation to the client, one based on the ever-popular STREAMER design and the others on archive designs SPOTLIGHT and PLECTRUMS.
The final choice was SPOTLIGHT, which, as can be seen in the finished images, works incredibly successfully – the looped line leads the eye around the interconnected ‘puddles’ of colour which in turn create a connection with the blue glass pod, making for a superb focal point in this newly open plan, inviting space.