Together with the welcome scents of coffee and woodsmoke, visitors’ first experience of Kvadrat is the inviting upholstery of seats by the fireplace, and the soft blue curtains of a neighbouring room with views onto the garden. Wooden vitrines exhibit inspiration materials relating to the company’s latest projects, and curtains act as soft doorways to the adjacent meeting rooms.
To the right of the entrance, the existing double storey tower houses management, HR and project rooms, with a flexible ‘Business Club’ providing a home-away-from-home for colleagues visiting from Kvadrat’s global offices. On the ground floor, curtains, rugs and upholstery pick up green tones from the surrounding landscape: on the first floor, blue accents, echoing the sky, predominate.
Art and Design in HQ
The use of lavish Dinesen oak floors throughout, furniture by Nanna Ditzel, Greta Jalk, Hvidt & Mølgaard and Verner Panton, among others, honours Kvadrat’s historic relationship with Scandinavian design. As a physical testimony of our longstanding commitment and passion for contemporary art, artworks are disseminated in and around the HQ. Here, pieces from the corporate collection are shown alongside site-specific commissioned works by outstanding international and Danish artists – including works by Christo & Jean Claude, Asger Jorn, Shilpa Gupta and Anri Sala – are displayed in the office and social spaces.
Always the social heart of the site, the communal space of the existing canteen was extended into a new library area with a long table that can be curtained off for dining or meeting, soft seating areas, and quiet workspaces look out onto the landscape through floor to ceiling windows.
The two storeys of the south wing of the headquarters house an open plan studio for design development, and associated departments. Besides a product library and curtained video conference rooms, the south wing offers meeting rooms with dramatic windows directly onto the warehouse, creating a visual link between the design team and the finished product.
Above all, SevilPeach made textile the hero of the site. High curtains are used as flexible boundaries for meeting rooms, as temporary dividers or to soften large open spaces. Loose families of colours and textures delineate five zones within the site – Welcome, Management, Product, Social Space and Studio – all linked by a street-like corridor running through the building. A unifying family of light fittings by Viabizzuno is used throughout.