Explore the latest projects from the UK’s commercial interiors industry, featuring the best of workspace, hospitality, residential and public sectors.

An elegant, luxe workspace for Capital Sprints

The DSGN Studio has developed two schemes in one for the investment and advisory company, using artwork and sculptural elements to create a minimal, quietly confident space.

22/09/2020 5 min read

Interviews, opinions and profiles from industry experts

Creating a workplace that supports mental health: Rob Stephenson

The physical workplace is, for many people, a big part of what keeps people well, says the InsideOut founder.

22/09/2020 8 min read

Key industry articles and insights looking at the latest news from the world of commercial interior design

Schools back? How COVID-19 is affecting education property

The chaos surrounding A-level grading and university admissions in late August crowned a chaotic year for the UK’s higher education sector, David Thame considers.

22/09/2020 5 min read

Discover the latest and most innovative products curated by Mix Interiors.

New: Debut from Svensson

Marking the beginning of a new era for Svensson, Debut is manufactured from recycled ramie which is woven together with a wool mixture, merging together to create something different from a distance.

15/09/2020 2 min read

Companies

View all companies

Discover the latest news and company profiles from the companies shaping the UK commercial interiors industry.

Company Profiles

View the latest company profiles from the commercial interiors industry

View all

Your single source for all commercial interiors events throughout the UK


Industry Events

ARC Club: minimalist interiors designed to meet post-Covid demand

Offering themselves as a ‘neighbourhood workplace for people who are tired of working from home,’ ARC Club are taking on the big boys of coworking with their smaller urban space in Homerton, London.

21/08/2020 2 min read

With many designers predicting small-format suburban coworking spaces on the horizon as city workers bemoan the impending busy commute into the city, ARC Club and its counterparts are a perfect example of a ‘third space’ offering.

Adapting to meet the demand of many who are finding working from home unsuccessful and even difficult, ARC Club was built over the period of 6 weeks, transforming a featureless 2500 sq ft retail unit into a beautiful, functional and bright remote working hub. The space occupies a typically residential location, allowing people to ‘work near home’ (WNH). Future ARC Clubs will, like Homerton, occupy vacant commercial space, bringing much-needed energy and purpose to the high street.

Architect Caro Lundin, who is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of ARC, has overseen every detail of the project – from build through to merchandise. Lundin’s design philosophy of ‘not too much and not too little’ makes for an offering that is both stylish and costs considerably less than your average London desk – there is little place in mainstream post-Covid coworking for excess, Caro mentions.

‘Having worked mostly in retail and hospitality, ARC Club provided me with an opportunity to consider the functional aspects of a space that people appreciate but rarely notice – from electrics to soundproofing to the ergonomics of furniture,’ Caro says. ‘I love colour but the abundance of natural light encouraged me to focus on the innate shades of the materials we used and the way they change over the course of the day.’

ARC has embraced the beauty  of durable, low-cost materials such as linoleum, birch ply and the occasional secondhand furniture. Caro retained the assets of the existing shell, including poured concrete floors and exposed services, contrasting with carefully placed colour including orange felt curtains acting as partitions and acoustic aids.

The size and flexibility of the space has allowed Covid-ready measures to be put in place. The space uses a modular pod system, operating on a standard sheet size grid, which is easily replicable.

‘The challenge with ARC Club was to create a scalable solution. Since affordability for the widest possible audience is at the heart of our offering, my approach had to be one that embraced the constraints of the space, while delivering something that was neither commercial nor boring,’ says Caro. ‘Unlike other coworking spaces, we are geared exclusively towards solo workers, which is why I opted for a modular pod system to create a multitude of private spaces.’

The system comprises two soundproof cubes in waxed birch ply, containing meeting rooms, printing, storage and a kitchen, effectively breaking the large open space into four different zones.

‘If I could describe the mood I wanted to achieve with ARC, it would be the comfort of ‘lagom’. A space in which people feel inspired to get stuff done. After all, it’s about the members and not about us.’ 

Is this what the next generation of coworking spaces look like?

Photography by Andrew Meredith

Related Articles

Inspiration for your next read

Back to top