Internally, clever space planning reconfigured the layout, and then colours and textures from nature’s palette were added to lighten and brighten. Different areas such as an arched nook with banquette seating and a separate lounge area were created, to give people a choice between a collaborative meeting space or a more lounge-like setting for relaxing or informal catch ups. ‘The design didn’t actually need to change once Covid hit,’ adds Emma. ‘We were already designing to a brief where people could feel at home working away from home, in a hybrid manner.
Trifle utilised multiple wall finishes including painted ribbed panelling, stained wood, and oak panels that give a sense of depth and texture as you move through the space. Colour was used to help zone areas, with a bold yet harmonious palette. The meeting rooms are shades of green with pops of earthy tones, terracotta, pinks and reds, with acoustic panels that could easily be mistaken for artwork. Furnishings are completely functional but also beautiful with a scheme which employs mainly modern pieces but also incorporates some vintage. The coffee table in the lounge, for example, is a vintage trolley – a nod to the building’s history as a furniture warehouse.
Finally, all of the spaces were styled adding layers of accessories – what Emma and her team call ‘magic touches’ that elevate the space and make it feel complete.
trifle* has just completed the new MVF headquarters in Islington – watch this space!