2LG x Stella and Dot x West Elm: An Office Makeover

10-04-2016

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Earlier this year we were invited to a meeting by the lovely team at Jewellery brand, Stella & Dot with the mission to refresh their work space to match the style of their amazing designs. It was the start of something beautiful.

They found us on Instagram – big up to the social media - and when we met them and learned their ethos it was an instant click. Sometimes it can be a lengthy process delving into the psyche of a client to create a design scheme, but this was free flowing and when we showed the team our initial concepts it was clear that this was going to be a fun one.

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We wanted to bring out the family, friendly vibe of the team and the aspirational but achievable aspect of their designs. All mixed metals, bold colour and a playfully elegant edge. You know we love to play with a glamorous edge, so that aspect wasn't a huge stretch. The challenge was to make this stark office space more inviting and homely, but still with that glamorous, business side. It had to reflect its roots, with nods to Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade, whilst staying true to its Hammersmith setting.

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We did this by using bold motifs of painterly dots and monochrome stripes with a colour palette of pale pink, warm greys and turquoise.

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Coupled with brushed and polished brass combos and a decision to use plywood for the joinery, this project was all about juxtaposition of shape, colour and material. Glam meets bare, with plenty of colour, pattern and texture in between.

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When it came to furniture, accessories and lighting, only one brand sprang to mind, with its perfect mix of all the elements we were playing with – West Elm.

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Since their launch in the UK we have loved what West Elm do, with their glam material choices, bold colours, layered textures and industrial edge. When we approached them about the project they agreed that it was a great mash-up and another huge part of the jigsaw fell into place.

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Bespoke elements gave the whole project a special feel. We commissioned a hand-printed, removable vinyl wallpaper by Custhom with a textured gold motif that works perfectly for the rented setting as it's durable and can be removed without any damage to the walls. Added bonus - It looks killer.

Especially next to the broad striped black and white area carpet in the reception lounge, created with carpet tiles and brass trim by our fabulous friends at FloorStory. Who would have ever thought carpet tiles could look so on fleek!

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Finally, giving a fresh edge to the bones of the office, we designed bespoke joinery, shelving, dining table, coat rack and office screen to hide some of the more office/ugly elements like the photocopier. We also chose the same materials of pale pink stained plywood and brass formica to refresh the kitchen.

All of these bespoke joinery elements were brought to life by the fantastic furniture and kitchen designer, Lycan Designs. And the brass handles and gold cutlery give that jewellery nod to the whole affair.

We had so much fun on this one and we hope it shows! We will be revealing full project pics very soon so stay tuned...

 Jordan and Russell x

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