David Thulstrup brings industrial colours and textures into Borough Yards office
The brick arches and warehouse buildings of London's Borough Market informed the materials and furnishings of The Office Group's latest workspace, designed by Copenhagen-based Studio David Thulstrup.
Located at Borough Yards, the office forms part of a new retail development designed by architecture studio SPPARC in the spaces in and around an old railway viaduct.
Interior designer David Thulstrup and his team designed the interiors to subtly match the colours and textures of the surroundings, using earthy shades, metal details and largely pattern-free surfaces.
The ambition was to resonate with the industrial aesthetic, but to still create spaces that felt warm and comfortable.
Key inspirations were the brick railway arches and the green glass market canopy, which are echoed in details that include high-gloss green wall surfaces and block-printed rugs.
"I really enjoy when I get to connect myself to somewhere that has a sense of a place, and that has history that I can tap into, and then extract those essences into the project," said Thulstrup.
"To me, the brand DNA of The Office Group (TOG) is that they allow the architects to incorporate their own design philosophy into a project. I think that's what I've succeeded with here," he added.
Thulstrup has worked on a number of high-profile interior projects, including the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen.
TOG at Borough Yards is the first space that he has designed for The Office Group, which has more than 50 workspaces across London and Germany.
The 4,700-square-metre workspace spans two buildings – a converted former warehouse and a new brick-clad block – and is organised over five floors.
At its entrance sits a double-height lobby, framed by a large right-angled reception desk in brushed metal and a gently curving couch.
This leads up to a range of workspaces and facilities, including private offices, flexible co-working spaces, meeting rooms, breakout areas, phone booths, an audio room and a Peloton workout studio.
Colours vary subtly between spaces; some are dominated by brown and gold tones, while others work with monochrome shades of black and grey.
Thulstrup created several bespoke furniture and lighting designs, combining different wood tones with Kvadrat textiles.
"I like the idea of working with custom-made objects, my own productions, others' designs, even sometimes vintage pieces – melting these different levels together creates a really beautiful atmosphere," said the designer.
"I want to make sure that when people come back to this place after five years that they still feel it is relevant," he continued. "It's about creating an inviting, inclusive, quality-driven atmosphere, and also a place where people want to stay."
TOG at Borough Yards is the latest in a series of workspaces that The Office Group has unveiled since the pandemic, following 210 Euston Road by Universal Design Studio and Liberty House by SODA.
The brand aims to develop a unique design for its spaces to reflect the character of their settings.
Nasim Koerting, head of design for The Office Group, said this latest offering "respects and responds to the rich architectural and industrial history of the area without being in thrall to it".
"We've created a space that takes inspiration from its surroundings, while serving the modern-day needs of the design- conscious workplace," she said.
Photography is by Ben Anders.