Do you remember seeing the renderings for our Grouse River Offices interior design project? Well, we are excited to share the real deal with you as we recently had the project photographed.
This was round two for the Hatch and Grouse River duo; we completed the award winning interior design of their retail store last year. We were thrilled when they approached us with their next project, they are great to work with and obviously understand the value of interior design in relation to customer experience, growth and profitability, brand strength, and, most prominent in this project, enhanced quality of life for their employees. The level of design achieved in their store has carried over into their new 3000 sq.ft. office, a space dedicated to staff.
We started this process by looking back to our original concept for the store from which we pulled natural motifs that exemplified the great outdoors. We wanted the space to be inspiring and energizing for the staff, and achieved this in part through lively stylized graphics, beautiful bright images, and an interesting carpet installation made of four different tile patterns laid in a herringbone pattern.
The executive boardroom in the hub of the space with all offices and support spaces arranged around it. Visitors and staff are lead from both office entrances directly to this focal point area by way of a boardwalk-esque floor created with custom maple flooring of varying widths and angles. The boardroom itself exhibits a couple of stunning custom pieces. The first is the ceiling with a central glowing panel acting as the main light source for the room. The inspiration for this feature ties it back to the retail store and the large role topography played in informing the concept and design.
The second boardroom feature is the gorgeous live edge table by MapleArt Custom Furniture. It was a pleasure collaborating with Andres Schneiter to design it; his craftsmanship and attention to detail were amazing. The custom maple table is powered at both ends and hides all cords within its sleek steel and wood leg.
The corridors that wrap around the central executive boardroom exhibit bright woodcut style graphics with natural scenes, and the same maple flooring that extends from entrances and through the boardroom wrap up the walls creating paneling that evokes a Scandinavian feel. Large, bold typeface denotes the service spaces, letting users know what is behind the solid doors. The three large doors of the coat and storage closet are made of infused veneer faced panels with a stacked wood motif.
In addition to the seven offices of varying sizes, a second, smaller meeting or breakout room is located at the end of one corridor. This room, again, brings in some elements similar to those in the retail store. The organically shaped black elements framing the striking image directly ties to the optics area of the store. Do you recognize the image? It’s of our very own Okanagan Lake, although there are varying theories about where the photo was taken from; care to weigh in? Tree branches previously seen in custom merchandise displays in the store’s lounge area were brought in, but in a very different way. Suspended from the ceiling, the mixture of wood and aluminum branches hang upside down above the pebble shaped meeting table; the aluminum trees incorporating lights much like the stones above the cash counter in the store.
The space is the first of a two phase project and we are itching to get going on the next one sometime in 2015. Who wouldn’t love designing for Grouse River?
»Is it time your commercial interior reflected your brand? We can help. Contact Hatch Interior Design located in Kelowna, British Columbia – Because Good Design is Good Business™.
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