Led by Inhouse Brand Architects’ director, Aidan Hart, the re-design of John Brown Media’s premises aims to increase connectivity among staff members while aligning the physical environment with John Brown’s charged work ethic and creative output. The new space incorporates John Brown’s corporate colour, teal, which is uplifted by vibrant yellow, and expands on the company’s informal bird theme motifs that were in place in the previous offices. A stylish yet lighthearted Scandinavian aesthetic runs throughout.
The ‘campsite’ is kitted out with faux grass, picnic-like seating, timber plant boxes and canary yellow wooden tree-trunks. Brightly hued lounge seating, a cartoon-covered ‘bed’ and birdcage light fixtures add delightful visual fodder.
Adjoining the campsite is an unconventional meeting room that takes the form of an oversized weaver’s nest. The ‘nest’ is constructed from timber fins and is clad in strips of pine. It takes centre-stage in reference to John Brown’s fondness for birds.
John Brown has commented favourably on the marked and positive effect this has had on staff morale and output. Inhouse has provided an interior design solution that not only is an antidote to formulaic corporate office design, but has also contributed to increased cohesion, creativity and productivity.
Design: Inhouse Brand Architects
Photography: Riaan West Photography
Source: OfficeSnapsShos – John Brown Media Offices – Cape Town
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