Artistic hideaway on St Martin's Lane

Our small but impactful design and refurbishment for MML Capital shows size doesn’t matter when it comes to creating beautiful workplaces. The Instant Group, a workspace innovation company, asked us to give a tired reception in Orion House, St Martin’s Lane an art-filled overhaul for its partner MML Capital.

Key features

  • Light and airy
  • Artwork
  • Pastel tones

Project description

Our brief focused on the reception area, which is a small part of the overall footprint, but its impact has been remarkable. As they say, first impressions last. MML Capital wanted a refreshed arrival scene with the feeling of a sophisticated private members’ club to welcome its high-profile clients. This first point of contact is about showing the energy, professionalism and character of the international financier.

The entrance to the office was blocked from the rest of the floorplate, which stretches to a big window at the back, so we removed as many barriers as possible. Now when you arrive, not only do you step into a light-filled reception, your eye is drawn to the window. This creates a wonderful illusion of more space, maximising the area beyond just the front desk.

Sophisticated design

The look and feel of the space is best described as a boutique hotel. The layering of textures, fabrics and finishes, alongside a curated selection of books and artwork from the Chairman’s personal collection, has totally transformed what was previously dark and uninspiring.

The space is somewhere employees can proudly greet and entertain clients with proper front-of-house facilities. We provided a kitchenette with fridges, storage and planters, a coffee bar, two lounges with an eclectic mix of trendy sofas and armchairs, as well as a long table on a raised platform. Underfoot, the flooring, raised platform and different rugs delineate these varying zones to give each a sense of purpose and identity.

Inspiring first impression

Light, airy and inspirational. This sophisticated space should be on the mood board of any reception refurbishment - a little inspiration goes a long way, even in a small space.

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