‘kin create a ‘journey of discovery’ at Taylor Wessing’s art-filled workspace
Design consultancy ‘kin has revealed a bold new space for the global law firm’s Liverpool office, located on the city’s iconic Albert Docks.
Cornish for ‘meet,’ Meta is made using plastic hay bale wrapping, available with a wooden or recycled plastic table top.
Designed by MARK’s in-house design team Hart Miller, the circular form is ideal for gathering together outdoors at work and play. Meta is circular in shape and circular in production.
We have committed to only launching products that work in a circular economy, MARK’s John Miller explains. ‘We’re aiming for zero waste and making the most of the planet’s resources. Meta can be completely disassembled into separate materials, and only uses recycled or renewable materials.’
Meta’s tops are made from certified sustainable timber or from recycled plastics – either using locally produced recycled plastic that redirects the waste from wrapping hay bales on local farms or recycled plastic products from Smile Plastics.
Despite the strong sustainability story, true to MARK’s ethos the design process always starts with the experience of the users.
‘Right now we are all yearning to gather, to come together again. The circular shape and the way the form encloses a group works really well for a meeting of two to four in a work context, and up to six in hospitality settings,’ adds MARK’s Anna Hart. ‘It sounds a simple thing, but we spend a lot of time in the design process trying our different configurations and sizes until it feels ‘just right.’’
There is also some important practical thinking behind the design – deliberately heavy so can’t be blown about, yet compact enough to be delivered through a normal door and up a lift if necessary to a roof gardens or balcony.
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