The phrase 'home away from home' is rarely used when describing an office, but Hong Kong interiors firm Grande Development conjured up a workspace for its staff that is more than deserving of that description
The world of interior design looks highly glamorous, filled with relaxed meetings with clients in gorgeous spaces which we all covet… Of course, the job does not come without its challenges and stresses. At Grande Development, a Hong Kong interiors firm, an ingenious solution was devised to help staff unwind after a busy day — and, of course, to make their clients feel welcome and at home as well.
Grande Development set out to create a cozy, loft-like working space for its staff, to offer not just a space to de-stress, but designed to minimise the chance of any stress accumulating during office hours. "This is a perfect place for those who want to enjoy their work in a relaxing environment, an environment that will put their creative thoughts in order," says Matthew Li, founder of Grande Development. "You might say it's a perfect working and living environment at the same time."
"This cosy, 'loft'-living is the kind of place where our clients and our colleagues will be able to enjoy quality time, a place where spatial needs are not an issue, a place where they will feel at ease."
With its modern, holistic outlook, the Grande Development office is furnished in a clean, contemporary style. A white Corian kitchen island provides a cool counterpoint to the matte black glass kitchen cabinets and the elegant Italian household appliances. "We also wanted to give the space a touch of free-and-easiness, and that's why we also used a lot of both bright colours and natural colours," Li adds.
"We naturally focused our attention on white themes and wooden themes, because those colours will never go out of style and it gives the whole space a sense of calm."This is a preview of the "A place to work, rest & play " article from the October 2014 issue of Perspective magazine.