Jolie Studio’s Mixology-award-winning work for Matillion’s Altrincham office is a perfect example of using colour, texture and smell to create an inclusive space for today’s diverse workforce. Setting cliches to the side of what would usually be expected of a tech company’s office space, the team instead put the unique story of the business and the human requirements of the workforce at the forefront, resulting in a completely bespoke and unique design.
‘When we started Jolie Studio it was about the emotional output of the human being in that space, no matter what sector or space we’re designing in,’ says Franky. ‘When you’re in an environment, there are so many inputs going on to determine how you feel in that particular moment – it’s a subliminal, multi-sensory experience. There are so many examples of terrible environments, like hospitals, which are supposed to be spaces for healing and yet so often do the polar opposite.
‘Thinking about things in a much more human way has allowed us to work on some amazing schemes, but it’s also allowed us to see the impact of that thought process,’ Franky continues. ‘We spent six months just meeting with neuroscientists. We’re never going to be the experts – we educated ourselves and then we reach out to them if we need them. It’s not a complicated science; it’s just thinking about things differently – when you’re picking a material, why? How does it make you feel? At the start of every project we sit down with the floorplans, and before we do any space planning or layout, we’ll circle areas that we call sensory zoning. We’ll establish the journey that we want people to go through.’