Workplace interior design

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about workplace interior design

Project • By Bean BuroOffices

Anglo-Eastern / Sailing Staircase

 “The staircase we designed is a legible and robust architectural element to convey a strong company identity for one of the largest ship management companies in the world.” - Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, co-founder of Bean Buro “ This workplace across three floor features artificial skylights and flexible workspaces created at each landing of the staircase to encourage agile working.” - Lorène Faure, co-founder of Bean Buro Bean Buro The Brief: Evolution into a workplace for the future Bean Buro was entrusted with designing a new headquarters with an internal staircase spanning across three floors for Anglo-Eastern, one of the largest ship management companies in the world. The company’s intent i... More

Project • By The Design GroupOffices

Universal Music Polska office - musical space

The new office of Universal Music Polska music label in Warsaw delights with an unusual blend of loft elements and cozy, home-sweet-home vibe, elegance, and cutting-edge technology at top level. This is the space for everyone – you simply want to stay, work and create there. A lot of credit for that goes to the team of The Design Group architects, responsible for the very original interior design of the largest record company operating in Poland. Caption Universal Music Polska is part of global music corporation Universal Music Group. The latter owns departments in a number of countries across the world, and such stars as Madonna and U2 release their albums under Universal Music's umbrella. The new UMP headquarters, designed to... More

Project • By Bean BuroOffices

Wellbeing Playscape

Paediatric Clinic x Painter’s Studio “Wellbeing Playscape”  “We created an unusually warm and playful atmosphere for this specialist clinic; young patients would interact with the floor trail and climbing platforms, which in turn helps the doctor better observe the patients’ natural body movements as part of the consultation process.”  — Lorène Faure, co-founder of Bean Buro Bean Buro  “This is a special clinic where the doctor can also carry out his passion for painting and display his pieces on a gallery wall. The key feature is a long timber wall that serves as a ‘spine’ that organises the functional spaces along with it.”   - Kenn... More

Project • By Space MatrixOffices

Vanke Shenzhen

‘What does a typical day here look like?’ At the end of a job interview, this is one question candidates often ask to get a feel of the workplace. At one time, the interviewer may have launched into details about the work timings, lunch hours and coffee breaks. Now however, in most modern organisations, the interviewer is unlikely to be able to give a singular, straight answer.   This is especially true in a company like Vanke. As an urban and rural development provider and a living space management company, the firm has too many diverse business interests for the work roles to fit into traditional definitions. With their operations expanding and diversifying even further, Vanke’s leadership team wanted to shift to... More

Project • By Space MatrixOffices

Arisaig Partners

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” So the popular saying goes.   But for the investment management firm, Arisaig Partners, this saying is not just an empty philosophy — it forms the very DNA of their corporate brand. This focus on unity and togetherness is evident in the way the company functions. Its employee-owned approach means that there is a strong feeling of ownership and belonging among those who work and manage the day-to-day functioning of the firm. They offer boutique services, which allows them to work very closely with each client and stakeholder and form long-term partnerships — so that eventually, these clients end up feeling like an extended part of the Arisa... More

Project • By Space MatrixOffices

Peak Reinsurance Company Limited

OPEN & COLLABORATIVE Peak Reinsurance Company Limited is a Hong Kong-based modern and dynamic reinsurer, supporting the development of the global reinsurance industry with a special focus on developing markets. They came to Space Matrix for a new workplace design that would transform their old ways of working and improve staff well-being and wellness. They wished to move away from a traditional layout with 120-degree high partitioned desks, into an open, activity-based working (ABW) environment with height-adjustable desks, flexible meeting areas, collaboration spaces and breakout areas that will enhance collaboration, cross-department communication and support a variety of working styles. As space allocation (desk area and desk size p... More

Project • By Bean BuroOffices

Charterhouse Asia / Red Ribbon

“Inspired by the joy of schooling and the stimulating experience of ‘the first day of school’, we created a design that is simulating yet elegant for this workplace environment” - Lorène Faure, co-founder of Bean Buro   “The red ribbon-like element was an architectural strategy to organise and connect the different functions of the workplace cohesively.” - Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, co-founder of Bean Buro   Bean Buro was tasked to design a new workplace for the Asia office of Charterhouse - one of UK’s leading independent boarding schools since 1611. The Asia office manages a family of Charterhouse schools in East and South East Asia. The brief was to create a collaborative working e... More

Project • By Bean BuroOffices

Klook Workplace / Travel Tech

KLOOK “Travel Tech”   “Fascinated by the joys of travelling, we took inspirations from beautiful aircraft structures to design the key features of this workplace for Klook.” - Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, co-founder of Bean Buro   “The materiality drew references to renowned artist Olafur Eliasson’s works in terms of colours and light; It simulates a sense of ‘sunsetting at an airport ground’ for this extraordinary and engaging workplace.” - Lorène Faure, co-founder of Bean Buro   “Please allow me to take this opportunity to express our appreciation; It has been an enjoyable experience to work with Bean Buro, the team has been accommodating and detail-minded! L... More

Project • By Bean BuroOffices

AstraZeneca / Farm'Acy

“The design aesthetic referenced the works of artist Damien Hirst, such as his ‘Pill Cabinets’ and ‘Pill Sculptures’, based upon the minimalist aesthetic of the medicinal pill and human being’s relationship with  science and the pharmaceutical industry. This became an inspiration for the colourful pills like architectural volumes that performed a multitude of functions, a large pill shaped island table in the pantry, and the colourful carpets that intersect with each other to create juxtaposed boundary conditions.” - Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui   Bean Buro was tasked with designing a new workplace for one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies, AstraZe... More

Project • By Space MatrixOffices

Omnicom

If there’s one thing that has become clear over the last few months, it is the importance of social connections in the modern workplace. In the past few weeks, most people experienced feelings of isolation and loneliness, even as they enjoyed the flexibility of working remotely. In fact, in a global survey we recently conducted, over 85% of respondents said they missed face-to-face social interactions. Companies need to keep this in mind while rethinking their workplace strategies. While they design new policies to make remote working a bigger part of their operations, they also need to make sure that when employees interact, they do so safely and in the most meaningful way possible. When Space Matrix worked with the global marketin... More

Project • By Space MatrixOffices

Hilton Office

The year is 1919. The place, Cisco, Texas. A young Conrad Hilton arrives in town with the intention of buying a bank and becoming a banker. He changes his mind at the last minute and buys a hotel instead. And so begins the journey of the iconic Hilton hotels.   Back then, the hospitality landscape was very different. Hotel lobbies were not air-conditioned, public rooms did not have cold running water. Televisions in each guest room was unheard of. All this was soon to change, as Hilton hotels evolved, thrived and grew to set a new benchmark for luxury in hospitality.    Much has changed in the industry since then — and Hilton has been at the forefront, leading these changes. As the brand entered its 100th year, Spac... More

Project • By Bean BuroOffices

Warner Music Beijing

"Music Courtyards" Warner Music Beijing   "We wanted to create an intuitive and sociable workplace for music-related activities. We put together a colourful and elegant materials palette that feels dynamic but mature and elite. " – Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, co-founder of Bean Buro   "The idea was to create a sense of neighbourhood as a 'courtyard', enclosed by large windows out to the city views with supporting functions in a warm timber backdrop." – Lorène Faure, co-founder of Bean Buro   Brief: A sociable workplace for music activities Bean Buro was tasked with designing an innovative workplace for Warner Music in Beijing, China that would support their unique needs. This new environment consists of ho... More

Project • By Bean BuroOffices

L'Oréal Hong Kong Workplace

“One Hong Kong” L’Oréal Workplace   “We were inspired by the sociable and transient street cafes of Paris. Parisians would gather at the thresholds between inside and outside - to see and be seen. The urban narrative became a metaphor for this highly collaborative workplace." - Lorène Faure, founding director of Bean Buro   “The main strategy was to utilise the staircase as a ‘magnet’ to bring people together, around which social spaces, meeting spaces and departmental neighbourhoods are constellated." - Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, founding director of Bean Buro    A forward-thinking client brief   L’Oréal, the world’s largest personal care... More

Project • By Space MatrixOffices

City Facilities Management

Workplace design as a recruitment strategy: 3 takeaways from City Facilities Management   First impressions matter. This is one statement that people interviewing for a new job are used to hearing. Irrespective of how well qualified they are, they’re advised to dress professionally, be neat and tidy, and have their resume neatly organised so as to make a great first impression when they step in for that job interview.   But what a lot of employers don’t realise is that it works the other way round too — job interviews are where candidates form their first impression about the company. Millennials and Gen Z employees form a large part of the workforce today, and these employees look beyond just the salary when... More

Project • By Space MatrixOffices

Space Matrix Shanghai Office

3 things that happen when designers design their own office space   As a part of our global expansion plans, Space Matrix branched out into China through the successful acquisition of Muraya last year. Our initial conversations with Muraya told us that this interior design and construction company shared a lot of our core values and cultural beliefs. Together with their talented team, we looked forward to better servicing our clients in Australia, India and Southeast Asia.   But first, we needed a gorgeous office for our newly expanded team in Shanghai. We wanted to rebrand the existing space to reflect its affiliation to the larger Space Matrix family. Moreover, the way we work has changed a lot over the last few years, and w... More