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Office for NINE by TAF

Swedish design studio TAF has created offices for a Stockholm branding and design agency with walls that resemble cardboard boxes (+ slideshow).

Office for NINE by TAF

Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom of TAF chose the cardboard motif to reference client NINE's work in packaging design.

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Partitions made from corrugated metal sheets painted to resemble cardboard were added to create meeting spaces within the open-plan office and existing walls were clad to maintain the paper aesthetic.

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"The painted metal sheets create a basic trompe l'oeil effect, like big paper packaging turning into spaces," Mattias Ståhlbom told Dezeen. "The benefit of using metal is that it is more durable and long lasting than real cardboard."

Office for NINE by TAF

Meeting rooms are differentiated by bright orange and green furniture and accessories. "The different colour themes chosen for the furniture create small visible 'islands' in the white and paper brown space," adds Ståhlbom.

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The designers also used their own Soft Parcels furniture range made from soft blocks of foam wrapped in fabric that look like paper-wrapped packages to provide casual seating in one of the spaces.

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Previous interior designs by the same studio include a shoe store for Camper with tables that look like they're made from lollipop sticks and a healthcare centre inspired by bandages and plasters.

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Japanese studio Nendo has designed an office with meeting rooms surrounded by walls that peel apart to create entrances, while Google has opened a new office in Japan filled with traditional Japanese iconography.

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Photography is by Patrik Lindell.