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Thirdway pushes traditional boundaries at Lee & Thompson’s new workplace

A leading UK law firm’s office hints at creative over corporate.

18/08/2022 2 min read

Willing to push the traditional boundaries in which they work, law firm  Lee & Thompson looked to Thirdway to translate this mindset into design. The contemporary workspace bears a high-end twist that we’d typically expect setting foot inside a members only club or creative agency, showcasing a British-led style through eclectic mid-century furniture pieces and sophisticated finishes.

The previous space was tired, dated and lacked both the practicality and inspiration that a good office environment should provide. Teams were spread over multiple floors which resulted in a disjointed feel, and was the first design hurdle that needed to be tackled. The client had decided to collate everyone to one floor in the hope to achieve a more collaborative style of work and enhancing company culture as a result.

The interesting brief pushed Thirdway to create a large and flexible breakout space and gave a chance to think outside the box.  The space needed to accommodate events, so catering provision was factored in, with two back of house kitchens and a large island for bar service, and a 10-metre long moveable glass wall that means the adjacent boardroom and reception can be integrated or separated from the main breakout.

“It was important that the materials specified would only improve with age to help nail the design-led, British “members club” feel,” says Thirdway. “In the reception area, you’ll spot mohair velvets, brass, and classic parquet flooring which bring a sense of history and timelessness. Rough concrete-effect walls contrast with the grandeur of frosted globe pendants in the walkways. The serpent-like banquette seating commands attention with its sage green, button backed, velvet upholstery and stained ribbed joinery base.”

A fusion of terracottas, greens, rich blues and aubergines are influenced by the company’s re-brand, unifying the companies brand identity and physical space.

“The relationship between Thirdway and Lee & Thompson was special from the get-go” the team comments. “With the client dedicating so much of their time, and their team, to the project, it truly became a mutual process. From multiple furniture tours to early workshops, plan revision and finishes meetings, the client was totally committed to making every detail and finish the very best it could be.”

Photography: Peter Ghobrial

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