CREATING OFFICE NEST FOR TODAY’S CO-WORKER

Flooring by Ege Carpets, distributed in South Africa by KBAC Flooring, played a key role in the interior design of a new Polish building that reflects contemporary post-Covid-19 office space. 

Commissioned to develop the interior concept for The Nest, a modern co-working space in the heart of Warsaw, design leaders Anna Loskiewicz-Zakrzewska and Zofia Strumillo-Sukiennik from the Polish design studio, Beza Projekt, started the creative process by posing the essential question: how do we really want to work today?

Realising that the lines between work and leisure are becoming increasingly blurred – both in the sense of working hours and place of work – the design duo decided to wrap their concept around a specific persona. They defined the modern co-worker as a self-confident individual who values her or his time highly, which means that the co-working person might actually only work a few hours a day at the office, with the flexibility to also work at weekends or at home.

To meet these new ways of working, the Beza Projekt design team set out to develop spaces that are not office-like but instead radiate a more “club-like” atmosphere with a comfy and cosy feel. Their designs also provided scope for social distancing if required. 

The Nest is framed by a great piece of architecture by Polish architects, G5 Architekci. In contrast to the graphic and angular lines of the eight-storey building’s structure, the interior design team created their own language of colour, pattern, texture and material, which is beautifully organic and vivid.

With the aim of keeping the floor plan as open as possible, a streamlined “nesting” experience was created through carefully specified details, for instance, by introducing round and oval furniture and finishings to balance the outer hard-edged shapes. The interior has been thoroughly designed with both functionality and Polish and European brands in mind to make the co-working space feature not only the best concept and collaboration platform, but to create an efficient work-life balance as well.

Custom details on ceramic tiles and carpets beautifully combine with simple materials like coloured MDF and veneer to create a rich, abundant and luxurious, yet close, organic and comforting feeling. The carpet tiles chosen, ReForm Terra Ecotrust, are from the Ege Carpets sustainable collection, and match the colour scheme perfectly. A flooring design with a vibrating pattern that perfectly follows the tactile and warm interior concept was specified.

Ege’s multidimensional ReForm Terra Ecotrust collection brings abstract patterns to the flooring surfaces and features various yarn layers, constantly revealing new details to the watchful eye. The carpet front is made from ECONYL® yarns, derived from used fishing nets and other waste materials. Combined with the patented Ecotrust backing – produced from used water bottles – this is a truly green and Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM product.

A very important part of The Nest brand identity system is the beautiful marbling textures made by Kasia Korzeniecka. Transferred to wallpaper, the patterns are applied onto pillars throughout the entire building. Although different in design, they create a consistent space perception – both horizontally and vertically.

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