Office Refurbishment : Mayfair London
About The Client
The client, GP Bullhound, is an investment bank and advisory consultancy, founded in 1999 with offices all over the world. They have been in their Jermyn Street offices for some years, but had never “settled in” properly, instead working with standard office furniture, without any elements beyond the purely functional.
Knoll is a company that has long since seen the importance of having synergy between cutting edge design and workspaces. Since the company’s inception, office furniture has been the core product, and many of Florence Knoll’s most well known designs were initially created for corporate spaces. It made perfect sense to focus on Knoll as the source for many of the pieces used in this project.
This investment firm in London had a rather soulless, generic office building. Although they could not do anything with the structure of the space, or the standard decorative elements of the building, they wanted to add a modern, luxurious touch to their public areas, commensurate with the type of work they do, to present the best possible impression to clients and visitors.
In order to reinforce the idea of modernity, stability and longevity, they wanted to blend the modern with the iconic and recognisable.
Knoll furniture was natural place to start, with designs that we think of as being definitively modern, but which come largely from the first half of the twentieth century, long before most of us were born.
The stark lines of the surprisingly comfortable Platner chairs created the right impression in reception, and the bold clean lines of Knoll marble-topped meeting tables and chairs brought comfort and style to meeting rooms.
We were able to cover some of the internal walls in grey silk wallcoverings, giving a subtly luxurious feel and bringing unexpected texture to the rooms.
Oversized artificial orchids brought bold, but low-maintenance, botanical touches to each area, and silk shades on occasional lights throughout softened the lighting in these otherwise stark spaces, creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
It is important in a project like this is to make sure that the solution does not sit awkwardly on the original space. In this building, we were lucky enough to have beautiful wooden floors and large windows in place, despite the internal and ceilings.
Review by the client
Their philosophy is simplicity coupled with an ability to find opportunities within the given space and existing designs. They were able to provide great advice on both retail and bespoke furniture, and a deft blend of old and new.
Carly’s interior design aesthetic portrays transatlantic and European styles, tastes and lifestyles. Her work is current, on trend and international however she is able to remain subjective and recreate to your needs.
I highly recommend their services.
Client Portfolio: Interior design, decoration and furniture sourcing for GP Bullhound office in Mayfair, London.
After the company expanded onto the third floor of their building, situated in Jermyn Street next to Fortnum and Mason, the 60s feel, low-ceiling office was in need of decoration. Manish at GP Bullhound was keen to have a member’s club style without being over-the-top. He wanted comfort with sophisticated, long-lasting furniture.
Carly chose paint and vinyl wallpaper along the hallway, as this would withstand knocks and bumps. She selected hand-made oak shelving with warm-yet-plain blinds, and later added candles and diffusers by Tom Dixon to give the entrance a pleasant feel.
Carly kept the existing reception desk and created interest through textured blinds and reception furniture from Knoll, and rugs from The Rug Company.
She revamped the meeting rooms with various tables and comfortable, velvet, armless chairs with stainless steel legs. One room took a classic circular meeting table by Warren Platner. A long cellular meeting room was given a rectangular marble Florence Knoll meeting table with strong chrome legs. The marble added detail and is more interesting than the usual wooden table. In the boardroom, we installed a grey oak Plato table made in Italy by Knoll. The central wooden channel opened to a basket to house tech cables and IT attachments. This hides microphones and laptop docking stations.
Accessories like vases and marble trays came from Liberty and Tom Dixon. Along with the plants and accessories (shown in the video below), everything came together to become a warm, welcoming, smart office.
The guys at GP Bullhound were pleased to show off the interior, which represented the ethos of the company: quality and long-lasting, functional and smart. You can see the finished office in this video by Bloomberg. Here’s what GP Bullhound had to say…
“NW3 Interiors has a brilliant balance of creativity and hands-on practicality. Their philosophy is simplicity coupled with an ability to find opportunities within the given space and existing designs. They were able to provide great advice on both retail and bespoke furniture, and a deft blend of old and new.
Carly’s interior design aesthetic portrays transatlantic and European styles, tastes and lifestyles. Her work is current, on-trend and international; however, she is able to remain subjective and recreate to your needs.
I highly recommend her services.“
Tweet from GP Bullhound