Project E Beauty / Embracing Softness
Bean Buro
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Manufacturers
Laminate
Corian
Paint
by Dulux
Fabric
by Luum
Mirror

Project E Beauty / Embracing Softness

Bean Buro as Interior Designer

“Inspiration for the design was drawn from elements of nature, skins, and softness, which informed the colour palette, rounded geometries, and unique details.” — Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, co-founder of Bean Buro

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Bean Buro

“This soothing narrative allowed the design to incorporate abstract wall patterns, custom door handles, and delicate touches of colour throughout the space.” — Lorène Faure, co-founder of Bean Buro

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Bean Buro

The Brief: Sculpting a Comfortable and Inspiring Oasis

We were approached by our client, Project E Beauty, to create a transformative workplace design that prioritised comfort, inspiration, and sophistication at their Hong Kong operational site. Located in an industrial area, the desired space had to accommodate an open plan working environment while addressing the spatial requirements for a welcoming lounge, pantry, boardroom, meeting room, concealed storage room, and a photography space.

photo_credit Bean Buro
Bean Buro

The Narrative: Skins, Softness, and Geometric Harmony

Our inspiration for the design came from elements of nature, skins, and softness, which informed our choice of colour palette, rounded geometries, and unique details. This soothing narrative allowed us to incorporate abstract wall patterns, custom door handles, and delicate touches of colour throughout the space.

photo_credit Bean Buro
Bean Buro

The Process: Exploring Delightful Design Details

We embarked on a design exploration to uncover interesting, unique elements that would evoke a sense of playfulness and comfort for Project E Beauty’s space. From a large circular sliding panel that conceals a digital screen in the welcoming lounge to the bespoke door handles with grooved fingerprint-like contour lines, each detail we crafted provided a distinct personality to the workplace.

photo_credit Bean Buro
Bean Buro

The Solution: Nurturing Spaces and Dynamic Energy

We deliberately designed the entire space as a series of interconnected, nurturing spaces that served different functions. A unified sense of identity was achieved by marrying the warmth of natural materials with invigorating bursts of colour throughout the workplace. As part of our spatial composition strategy, we revitalised the lift corridor, transforming it into an inviting, casual sitting display area with a bar table concept in the pantry, replacing the traditional reception desk.

This new entrance lounge achieved a sense of dynamic energy with its unique display wall, housing a digital screen concealed by a large soft coral corrugated metal panel. The open plan workspace we designed featured a variety of workstations under the exposed industrial building’s gridded soffit ceiling. The beige architectural volume in the backdrop houses the boardroom, meeting room, and photography studio - complete with a concealed storage room.

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Bean Buro

The Materials: Warm, Natural Tones with Pops of Colour

In selecting materials, we infused warmth into the environment, using timber flooring and a majority of light beige walls. Soft coral accents enlivened the private office, pantry cabinets, and doors, while subdued blue wall paint and a bespoke rug harmonised with the warm colour palette. This created a cohesive, comforting atmosphere that would inspire the employees from every angle.

photo_credit Bean Buro
Bean Buro

Lighting, Acoustics, Environment, and Well-Being

Employee well-being was an integral aspect of this project, and we paid thoughtful attention to lighting, acoustics, and environmental design. Our lighting design utilised various colour temperatures to cultivate a cozy, warm atmosphere and provided excellent colour-rendering lighting for product review and photography spaces. Acoustic considerations ensured a sociable open-plan workspace, with reverberation control and excellent sound separation for enclosed spaces.

The Challenge: Attainable Sophistication

Our main challenge was to conceive a stylish and sophisticated design that respected Project E Beauty’s budget constraints - focusing on integrating unique features and cost-effective materials without sacrificing quality or aesthetics. As an example, we created the welcoming lounge’s sliding circular panel, offering an awe-inspiring effect that was both innovative and cost-effective. We carefully selected paint colours to emphasise our tasteful design without incurring extra costs for expensive materials.

photo_credit Bean Buro
Bean Buro

In conclusion, we successfully crafted an innovative workplace environment for Project E Beauty that seamlessly combined functional requirements, a sense of comfort, and beauty, perfectly reflecting the company’s high-quality ethos. By intertwining tasteful, cost-effective materials with a narrative focused on softness and a strong commitment to well-being, we created a remarkable space that will undoubtedly serve as an inspiring, comfortable oasis for employees and visitors alike.

Bean Buro team: Lorène Faure, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Jamie Yue, Shefield Ng, Patrick Wiejoyo

Client: Project E Beauty Limited

Main contractor: Good Concept Engineering Ltd.

Location: Kwai Chung, Hong Kong

Size: 3,800sqft (approx. 353sqm)

Photography: Bean Buro

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Bean Buro
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