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Richards Partners

For Brian Richards, founder and head of Richards Partners, this historic building provides the perfect environment for the new headquarters of his strategy and branding company that bears his name. “We wanted our space to reflect the refinement of our business over 30 years: a place people would gravitate to and a place with quiet confidence in itself yet not intimidating in a corporate sense.” Brian Richards (Architecture Now 12/2019)

The office combines the atmosphere of a private club with the elegance of an artist’s studio. The historic building’s structure meets modern, simple interior. The floor plan has the shape of an H and the numerous rooms are divided into two bright pavilions. The main boardroom features Vitra Softshell Chairs in an electric blue fabric. Behind the boardroom table, acoustic fabric is used to offer privacy and softness. The impressive atrium is the aesthetic centre here – an arrival zone where you feel welcome and comfortable, and where the special ambience is immediately noticeable.

For the staff of Richards Partners, areas for retreat and contemplation, as well as niches for concentrated work are important. The workstations are equipped with STUDIO worktables and shelving system. The smart design of STUDIO fits perfectly into the office setting of Richards Partners. A subtle understatement is created by the melamine tabletop in slate. The modular STUDIO shelving system facilitates individual work processes and separates different areas in the room. The office layout makes use of the natural light coming in through the high arched windows and the workstations are arranged in a rectangle around them.

Harriet Pilkington

Samuel Hartnett