Jane Withers: You recently refurbished the Kvadrat headquarters in Ebeltoft. Can you tell us about the project and its aims?
Sevil Peach: We were specifiers and admirers of Kvadrat long before becoming involved with the refurbishment of their Ebeltoft headquarters. Their people, products, communications, sponsorships reflected a deep-seated culture and the ambition of a world-class company. But when we visited Ebeltoft there was a disconnect. None of this was on view. Only when we were invited to lunch in the canteen did we experience the company’s familial energy, their hospitality, and the delicious home-made food.
Our approach was to unlock the potential of the building, the spirit of the company and the people. We wanted visitors to be welcomed to Kvadrat’s home with the smell of coffee and the wood smoke from the fireplace laid out with cosy rugs and sofas and with spectacular views reaching out to the coastal landscape. The design team have moved from cellular offices to an open-plan studio with views to the landscape. Small see-through meeting rooms create a visual link to the warehouse and the rolls and rolls of finished product. In the end, I think the new office has created an environment that energises the company.