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Highlights Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

Highlights Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

Another year, another Clerkenwell design week – Here are a few highlights!

Amongst the bustle of the Clerkenwell buzz, a 360 approach was taken by Lintex realised by Lotta Agaton, a renowned interior stylist from Sweden, where she carefully considered each material and object in the curation of the showroom. The Lintex products stood proud in the warm and calm environment. The glass paired beside long-standing natural materials such as wood, clay and leather created a great mellowness to the overall space. The essence of biophilia was present, without the littering of plants, by the thoughtful use of the natural materials and neutral colour palettes. In the rise of well being in the workplace, this design approach lends itself to being more mindful, allowing us to take a step back to rest and think. Also highlighting, to never to undervalue the importance of curating spaces with well-chosen objects. In terms of new products, Lintex manages to take a fresh look at the  ‘analogue’ with the A01 designed by studio Afteroom. The product had geometric shapes sandwiched between glass and framed within a square. It performed a floating illusion with quite a magical effect.

Lintex Showroom – Styled by Lotta Agaton

The geometric composition continues on to the Spacestor showroom, notably the reinvention of the storage wall and shelving unit. This development, in the current flood of grid shelving, is warmly welcomed. The elongated structure formed of cuboids rather than cubes provides an elegant silhouette, especially when finished in brass. The matte panelled shelving units paired with the large round mirror adds a sense of sophistication, complimenting the storage wall newest addition of the arched alcove. The choice of colour and finishes was inspiring. The matte materials produced a soft and slightly retro look, in rich solid tints added drama and allure.

Modulyss made a statement in the Project Pavillion by focusing on the carpet tile FLUID& in the dark green tone and pairing it with Velvet&, a great example of the &-Collection. The tiles curved up to the top of the back wall, and the two mirrored sides reflected the carpet into infinity. The reflections were reminiscent of the Rorschach test, and Fluid& is appropriately tagged ‘Perfectly Imperfect’.

Modulyss – Fluid&

Workplace environments shift to more emotive and wellness-centric

As the workplace environments shift to be more emotive and wellness-centric, there is a growth in creating a softer and more comfortable working landscape with essences of home. Many pieces of furniture showcased had plumper silhouettes, accentuate curves and the awakening of fluid draperies forming partitions as similarly observed in Milan 2018, yet to a less exaggerated extent.

Frovi’s latest product ‘Home’ is precisely that. It is available in various typologies that include most of the setting you could want for an informal meeting from the booth seating, a high media bench, screens and even a single seated armchair with an integrated laptop table. This product certainly makes it easy to implement the feeling of ‘Home’ in all senses.

Another product with similar effect was a Verco meeting booth. The screen was formed by an acoustic sheer delicately ruched around a wooden frame, which created rhythmic ripples. The screen cocooned around the loose furniture pieces perfectly formed inside, which produced a very dreamy ambience, a perfect retreat for when stress and anxiety levels are high.

Frovi

Verco

As employees explore how and where to achieve a greater work-life balance with genuine well-being initiatives.  The design pieces released are a reflection of our time and where we are heading. A workplace has to produce a sense of belonging, where we are comfortable enough to reflect, recharge and grow without being stunted.

And this is just the start of things to come!

 

Text & images: Flora Hogg

A new office and furniture for Help Musicians Glasgow

A new office and furniture for Help Musicians Glasgow

“Good things come in small packages”

You don’t need to be doing a major refurbishment when you come to Amos Beech for advice. This was demonstrated earlier this year when Help Musicians UK approached us to provide interior design ideas and costs to refurbish a small office that they had taken a lease on in the Briggait, Glasgow.

A new office with new office furniture for Help Musicians at the Briggait in Glasgow

The Briggait, in Glasgow’s Merchant City was built in 1873 and was once the city’s fish market.  It now houses creative and cultural organisations including workspaces for artists, so the choice of location for the leading UK charity for musicians, seemed perfect.

The size of the unit was only 387.5 sq ft but the charity had a need to create an environment that offered desk space for their Scottish staff, as well as a hot desking area for visiting staff and a small breakout area.  Importantly, the office area had to reflect the branding of HMUK , in particular their logo and colour scheme.

The interior design team here at Amos Beech worked closely with HMUK’s London based Operations Officer and produced interior design schemes which included furniture layouts and colour suggestions for flooring and fabrics which kept in line with the brand guidelines. Also taken in to consideration was the need for AV facilities to allow for video conferencing.

The building itself being over 100 years old comes with high ceilings and beautiful tall windows. However, this feature challenged us in terms of acoustics and so we suggested ceiling hung acoustic panels again in the strong brand colours, which helps in some way to absorb sound.

What has been created is small and concise but really packs a punch and the just demonstrates that no matter how big or small your project is, the team here at Amos Beech can deliver.

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Date of publication: October 24th 2018

Text: Kit-Har McLaughlin

Photography: Interior Photographer Glasgow

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SALONE DEL MOBILE . MILANO 2018

SALONE DEL MOBILE . MILANO 2018

As Clerkenwell is fast approaching, it’s only appropriate I write my review on Salone de Mobile and Fuorisalone to compare findings and inspiration for the year ahead. The design trip was last minute; a now or never opportunity regarding 2018 so I was grateful to join the wave of people that jet set from every corner of the globe.  

SALONE DEL MOBILE . MILANO 2018

With the flood of designers, exhibitors and creatives, accommodation was initially a slight struggle with business owners and money makers hitching up prices almost quadruple the price. However, I managed to book an apartment with a beautiful terrace in the Tortorna District of Milan. If your time is limited, I would recommend staying in Tortona as it is one of the more highly concentrated areas of ‘Fuorisalone’ crammed with exhibitions, cafes and events. The Brera district is very similar in this respect too, if not more so. But to really see as much as possible, confirmed as the world’s largest furniture furniture and design fair, Salone del Mobile at Rho Fiera is a must. Although, it’s easy to get lost in the labyrinth of displays and multiple halls, so be sure to make note prior of the exhibitors you’d like to see.

From an overall viewpoint, I noticed there was less of a focus placed on new product launches but rather exhibitors making a conscious effort to create memorable experiences, in fact very shareable as well. Particularly in the age of the selfie, mirrors and reflective surfaces was a prevalent player performing as a disruption to the spatial realm generating paradoxical type arrangements.  COS supported the work of the California-based artist Philip K. Smith to bring ‘Open Sky’ an installation to Palazzo Isimbardi. That comprised of a series of mirrored panels each tilted at a 47-degree angle, which respectfully gave a nod to the experience, the architecture and Milan itself.

Continuing the theatrical-like illusion, the emergence of larger-than-life translucent and see-through products that act as a divider in any setting, a flexible alternative to facilitates our everchanging needs and wants. One of the most magical experiences was visiting HAY at Palazzo Clerici, the location oozed with historical features poetically juxtaposed with a series of installation that conveyed examples of past and future living scenarios; with a human-centric approach to interior design, rather than focusing on the structure. The Rayures modular screen in fluted glass for Glass Italia designed by the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec was a notable highlight. A recurring expression of drama also took the form of translucent floor to ceiling draperies, which would add a show-stopping, yet fluid and soft tactile feature to any environment. 

Many pieces of furniture acquired the shape of an exaggerated figure with plumper silhouettes, inflated curves and ballooned proportions. The Tacchini exhibition was a great example of softness and the continuing fluidity in mix of dusty pink, pastel yellow and off-set geometrics, all adding to the cocooning type feeling prevailed. I had taken a similar emotional response to CC-Tapis, especially the rug designed by Patricia Urquiola with the comparable tonal colour composition and a hyper tactile surface.

The integration of biophilia within products, exhibitions, and displays experience remained strong throughout Salone de Mobile and Fuorisalone, the recognition of the well-being benefits of biophilic design as reached a global scale, and the outlook being the trend is here to stay. The miniforms collection plays with shape and form to provide a seamless stand to place your plants, whether be it on the wall, floor or reflecting against a mirror. A perfect opportunity to add height and interest to any environment.

As well as nature, designers are looking up to the skies for inspiration as they explore the symbolism of the sun, moon, and space. This could be due to increasing cultural interest in spirituality, which can be seen to inform objects and settings to ignite people’s wonder and delight through magical and cosmic-like shapes. Equally, many exhibitions featured the use mismatching of materiality, furniture shapes, and products through styling, which also envelopes a similar unusual sense of awe due to the unexpected and uncanny (a.k.a the googly eyes).

Milan took me through an unexpected and unimaginable journey, I didn’t know what to expect. With just over 48 hours in the city, I consumed an incredible amount of design, good food, some wine and walked around 40km. Even now it’s still taking some time to digest everything I saw and experienced. 

A blog post by Flora Hogg

Tasting room design and fit-out for J & B Edinburgh

Tasting room design and fit-out for J & B Edinburgh

The Scottish food & drink industry, is one of Scotland's biggest and most resilient contributors to the economy and we here @Amos_Beech are fortunate to have been designing and fitting out offices, shops and tasting rooms for this industry for years. This time we were in Edinburgh for the new tasting room of Justerini & Brooks, Fine Wine & Spirits Merchants.

Design and fit out tasting room Edinburgh

Justerini & Brooks set up in Edinburgh in 1963 to look after the Scottish private customer, as well as and restaurants and hotels. J&B has looked after the needs of the discerning collector looking for quality wine, expertise and personal service for more than 260 years! They are independent part of Diageo and are highly client focused and have intimate relationships with restaurant chefs and private clients.

Interior design and colours

The kitchen in the tasting room comprises of storage cupboards, a Belfast sink with double drainer, integrated dishwasher and glass display storage. Hot and cold water supplies as well as waste facilities have been added to the property, quite a challenge in such an old building in Edinburgh's New Town. 

The colours selected are warm, muted tones with metallic features integrating oak timber. The overall look is a clean, contemporary style within a traditional palette. Existing doors and skirtings were painted in a satin finish with the walls being decorated in neutral paint colours to maximise the light in the space. The finishes give the room a fresh injection of life making it an ideal space to host clients.

The specially designed and custom built wine storage allows compact storage of up to 48no six bottle boxes on shelving. A full height integrated wine cooler fridge is part of the unit. The glass door and internals, specifically for wine storage, give a high end look to improve the aesthetics of just a basic fridge. The top shelf has been designed with metallic wire wine bottle racking which creates an attractive display whilst also having a practical function. The finishes continue the warmth of the oak timber with a coloured backing to the shelving. The result is a functional but attractive statement.

Commercial interior design Edinburgh

Publication date: January 23rd 2018

Text: Roy James

Images: Commercial Photographer Edinburgh

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A little trip to Actiu in Castalla Spain

A little trip to Actiu in Castalla Spain

What a brilliant idea that was! When we were brainstorming about a suitable location to film a particular scene for our new company video, someone here in the office (sorry Sam that you were too busy to go yourself:) suggested to ask the lovely people of furniture designers and manufacturers Actiu if we could do that in their offices and gardens. 

The particular scene was dependent on good weather and although we love it up here in Scotland the weather is, in fairness, hard to predict..

Castalla has a lot in common with Scotland. It reminded us of Stirling but then in the colour beige.

Actiu, always on the move

Always on the movie? Not quite, but when it comes to visual appeal we here at Amos Beech in Scotland had to include them in our little film. The visual appeal doesn't only apply to their products though:

Architecture and sustainability at the technology park in Castalla

You don't suddenly wake up and start producing stunning design furniture. You live it and breath it and when you look at Actiu, they certainly do! It therefore doesn't come as a surprise to us that Vicent Berbegal, the president and founder of Actiu, has been awarded 'European Entrepreneur of the Year 2017' at the European Business Awards (EBA) ceremony, during a gala in Dubrovnik (Croatia). We have seen many factories, showrooms and offices over the years, but Actiu is certainly up there with the best. The design of the Actiu Technology Park, created by José María Tomás LLavador, was based on sustainability and the self-sufficient use of natural resources right from the outset. Rain water is collected from the roofs and stored in cisterns for irrigation and industrial use. It is also worth mentioning that Actiu is in fact an energy plant as it supplies 6 times more electricity into the grid than it needs itself. 

Biophilia

Biophilic interior design (meaning love of nature) focuses on mans' innate attraction to nature and natural processes and brings elements of nature into the built environment. We have used this in our designs a couple of times and are currently working on a stunning idea for one of our clients (watch this space!). Actiu however, is at the forefront of it in their own offices:

One of the indoor gardens at Actiu

Biophilia suggests that we all have a genetic connection to the natural world built up through hundreds of thousands of years of living in agrarian settings. It is a term popularized by American psychologist Edward O Wilson in the 1980’s, when he observed how increasing rates of urbanisation were leading to a disconnection with the natural world. Biophilia is of ever increasing importance to our health and well-being in the built environment. 

Our film

We are sort of halfway through the making of the Amos Beech video and can't reveal it just yet, as only the final end result can communicate what it is supposed to do. In that sense it is a bit like an interior fit out project:) 

The film crew from Iris Media discussing and finalising the shots

(the film will feature two of Actiu's stars Christina and David)

The Amos Beech film will explain what we as an interior design, fit-out and furniture company are about, using what a colleague here in the office calls 'moving stills'.  All of this in the attention span of an average internet user...

Serious stuff!

Serious stuff!

Careful planning and advice by the Actiu team meant that we were saved from the real burn that was expected shortly after midday.

Text on the wall outside the company gym @actiu

We tend to underestimate the power and heat of the sun. Some of us even set of to Castalla without suncream, shorts and slippers! 

Actiu: Thank you very much!

Update: we have now (27-06-2018) launched our videos! You can see them here: 

All Images by Photographer Zwolle

New branding, new website, well new everything!

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New branding, new website, well new everything!

At Amos Beech we pride ourselves in creating unique interior solutions tailored to the specific needs of the customer. As no customer is the same no interior designed and build by Amos Beech, is a copy paste. In the 27 years of our existence we have seen a tremendous change in the office workplace. The same is the case here at Amos Beech and today we launch our new branding:

Amos Beech branding 3.0

Using a mix of bold colours like purple and magenta combining the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red into harmony and balance, our corporate colour is spontaneous and impulsive, yet resourceful and organised. 

Up until today we have used a variant of the colour in our beechnut logo for over 12 years. You can read more about the history of Amos Beech here: History.

CREDITS

Just like creating great office interiors, a re-branding exercise is teamwork. And for this we would like to say a massive THANK YOU to:

  • the members of the public at Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh and the gardeners of Edinburgh Council

  • the members of the public on George Square Glasgow and the workmen cleaning the Sir Walter Scott monument who joined us during their coffee break

  • the management and fishermen of Frandy Fishery that were braving the weather just at the start of the fishing season

  • Nina James, Val Rennick and Dorien Hartman, family members of the 'actors' Roy, Fiona and Vincent, that were drawn into the production also with hardly any notification or preparation

  • The 'actors' Roy, Fiona and Vincent for stepping outside their comfortzone into the unknown world and fame of the film industry

  • Brockwell James for lending his bike to us

  • Gerry and Jim from Vision Sign & Digital for the great job they did in the manufacture of our 'freestanding' fingerprint beech tree

  • Ernst Wijnands and Jaco Schuurman of Iris Media, video production company, for their creativity, technical skills and ability to deal with an 'organic production' on short notice

  • Roné van der Vliet from Catapult creëert, for his graphic design and conceptual skills

For more information on what we do, please click here: Interior Design and Fit Out.

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Orgatec 2016

Orgatec 2016

Every two years the European furniture industry gathers in Cologne to see and discuss the latest trends and developments in furniture and interiors. Well that's what they say anyway. It is also very much a networking event and the British organise their own parties and traditionally finish the evening off at Papa Joe's to get the real industry news! The Orgatec exhibition has grown over the years from a local German office furniture show to a truly international interior design Mecca and therefore two members of our design team, Cigdem and Deborah set off to Germany to get inspired.

Design Mecca or not, The Orgatec in Köln may be an international show but lacks the exquisite detail that the Furniture Fair in Milan has to offer. We also expected to be able to pay by credit card wherever we went but hey, we are flexible! We were impressed by the shear size of the place though and we had an amazing time!

Biophilic design

The things that inspired us as designers were mainly the involvement of Biophilia in stand designs and also the use of wood in products within their context. They showed that it is possible to integrate Biophilic Design in office environments because it really does make a difference in your health, efficiency, motivation, creativity and overall mood.

Wood finish used in legs (chair & table) and work tops were very popular and clever in how it was implemented. Different shades and grains were considered to suit its context. A wood finish always gives a calm feeling. Greenery, plants, trees were freaking everywhere, we fell in love! The one we remember most is the pomegranate tree at the Actiu stand. The stand designers also used a lot of relatively inexpensive raw materials in an innovative way i.e. painting of sterling board/chip board, cardboard tubes and also exhibited unfinished metal.

The shift from corporate workplace “desking and task seating” to much softer timber pieces enhances a different way of working. On the office furniture side many of the big players relied on their classics and didn’t bring anything fresh to the table. Don’t take this the wrong way, we LOVE the majority of these classics but thought they needed to up their game a bit. Our industry dinosaurs Sam and Vincent, who joined us for a day felt exactly the same, but also pointed out that there were a lot of sit-stand desking on display, even on design brand's stands, hoping that this would now finally mean a breakthrough into the mainstream market.

Acoustics

Acoustics was another big focus at Orgatec. This was very smartly integrated in decorative office ornaments, ceiling rafts, desk screens, pods and even lighting. We also loved the curtains!  The ones made of interesting materials – chainmail, rubber, etc – a very cool way of bringing a domestic feel to the workplace whilst still being practical way to divide spaces.

The general hospitality was excellent and we had an awesome time. It’s about so much more than just finding new products. We felt the stand design and networking side to be just as inspiring and very much look forward to Orgatec 2018!

Interior design Edinburgh, RBS Gogarburn

Interior design Edinburgh, RBS Gogarburn

In May this year our interior design team set off for Clerkenwell design week in London for inspiration and to keep up to date with the industry's latest developments. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week creates a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies, presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Interior design Edinburgh

You don't always have to travel far for inspiration, as our designers discovered at Clerkenwell when they were introduced to some of the team behind the interior design and space planning at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Just around the corner from Amos Beech (from a national perspective), the world class headquarters for RBS are located, Scotland's largest company and the fifth biggest bank worldwide. The team were invited to come and have a look at their recently revamped spaces. Obviously, that offer was accepted enthusiastically and today we went to have a look.

Commercial interior design Edinburgh

RBS is located on a site that is named Gogarburn. The remains that were discovered in 2003 near the site suggest the site was used for agriculture in medieval times. The architects for the RBS Gogarburn development were Scottish based Michael Laird Architects and London based RHWL Architects. The concept was that of a business community with offices, restaurant, shops, leisure facilities, nursery and a training/conference centre. The main building at Gogarburn therefore has a clear social/community focus and circulation pattern.

Technology equipped meeting areas throughout the building are used to encourage collaboration with other business partners around the world as well as being an area where colleagues can “meet, focus, huddle, present or chat” depending on the project in hand.

“Scrum” areas are situated within departments where ideas, processes and improvements can be discussed robustly and advanced by using a simple step by step process allowing them to “fail faster, more of the time” – an expression that demonstrates their committal to “discover, design, develop & test” anything they create, before it is launched internally or externally.

Working environments play a key role in the attraction and retention of staff and  it was great to see how RBS implemented this at their Gogarburn site in Edinburgh!