No Picnic offices by Elding Oscarson Photos © Åke E: son Lindman
Swedish design partnership Elding Oscarson made a marvelous on-trend update of a 19th century stable and a troop hall for industrial design house, No Picnic. Formerly used for police training and stables for their horses, like most historic buildings, the restraints on the architects’ played a major role in the direction of the project. “In fact every new hole drilled in a wall had quite literally to be approved by the authorities first,” the architects recall. Other than retaining the existing mezzanine, Elding Oscarson stripped the interiors bare and to further emphasise the voluminous space a reflective aluminium wall bisects its length, not only doubles its already majestic proportions, but maximises the use of natural light through the many grand windows. Restricting colour to seating in the reception area and Tom Dixon’s Offcut fluoro stools in the conference area, these pops of confident colour makes a striking statement against an otherwise neutral backdrop. The curvaceous, yet sleek staircase is a testament to streamlined minimalism which takes on an impressive presence mirrored in the reflective wall. As is the way with good lighting, it is unnoticeable bar the subtle design accents with Muuto’s E27 pendants and Flos Kelvin T LED task lamps at workstations, both in white. While often work is no picnic, the staff at this design consultancy certainly have good reason to come to work each day in an office as beautiful as this one.
The use of a reflective metal wall which bisects the lateral space emphasises its volume. Photos © Åke E: son Lindman
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