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 now 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.
Around the office
Above all, SevilPeach have 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.
Always the social heart of the site, the communal space of the existing canteen has been 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 that look out onto the landscape through floor to ceiling windows.