The Loft At Workflow
Designing a workspace for themselves in a historic brick and beam loft gave Workflow a chance to integrate products from its own roster of 50 go-to manufacturers into a layered and cohesive environment.
Workflow became its own client when they expanded their offices into a vacant upper floor of their historic loft building. With its small footplate, that meant getting rid of drywall and cubicles to open the space and install an eclectic mix of furniture that showcase an inviting hospitality aesthetic.
They did so through skillful layering and soulful materiality selection, using warm wood tones found in the brick walls and oak beams: Sossego’s Lupita and Beatriz upholstered armchairs, different from one another but speaking the same design language; blackened wood flooring; a sumptuous leather booth. Domingos Tortorà’s Frisos wall piece, a sculpture of cardboard and mud put out to dry in the Brazilian sun, its color connecting it to a symphony of other wood pieces playing against the black floor.
A custom bar with premium finishes and exceptional craftsmanship, not to mention high-tech features like a wi-fi charging countertop, took center stage, so designers introduced the Duda stool by Aristeu Pirès, all angles and curves and comfort. It mirrored the quality of the bar without stealing the spotlight from it.
A most excellent balancing act and juxtaposition of old-world space meets sleek new furniture and finishes. Tailored corners, joinery, and legs that come together in tabletops, are more than a tip of the hat to the architecture; they unify the structure of the space with its curation so well that the design team and the client both deserve to take a bow.