Using a black and white minimalist colour pallet, Candlefox’s HQ oozes a sleek design edge, transforming a conventional office space into something unique.
Less is more may sound like a cliché, but with the minimalist design trend, that’s the essence of this area of design. Having a simplistic approach to design can be manifested by stripping back the unnecessary, and focusing on creating elegant solutions that serve functional experiences. The unique Candlefox office, which is designed by Tom Robertson Architects is an example of this design put to good use. The space ingrates a crisp white background with strong contrasting geometric shapes, adding a sense of sophistication to the space.
Having quickly outgrown their previous location, Candlefox were in dire need of an upgrade that suited their company, both visually and spatially. The space accommodates around 20 staff, the black and white colour pallet brings unity to a range of different spaces such as workspaces, meeting rooms and a striking meandering garden which harmoniously bring them together. When asked to bring as much light into the room as possible, Tom Roberson took the brief and ran with it. Aside from floods of natural light, the space also had to have a ‘bold identity’ that was fully representative of the Candlefox brand. Aside from being built by McColl Smith, the office’s furniture and objects were exquisitely crafted by Bec van der Sluys, and bespoke joinery was also ‘Made by Morgen’.
“The condition of the space was very poor at best. The fit-out needed to be bright and light while giving a sophisticated atmosphere,” explained Tom Robertson of Tom Robertson Architects. The result is a sleek and sophisticated space, that is also fun and flexible, allowing the space to be used by single, or groups of people at any moment.
“The company is young and very energetic. It was important that this was embraced in the architecture. The office is now a great opportunity for employees to socialise among themselves, and entertain clients,” he said. The key product that was used throughout the space was a dark steel mesh, further adding to the millennial dream space.
Minimalism in design requires us to discover and solve a problem, aiming to understand what the client wants to gain from a design, and ultimately, creating something that communicates itself properly and can stand the test of time.
“The monochromatic tones set the framework for the space, while the wandering black mesh structure and its garden give a sense of playfulness. The garden divides the open plan into more intimate space and zones. The structure of the business and its staff is for small teams working closely together,” the architect explained.
The greenery adds a pop of colour to the office space, creating a sense of freshness and intrigue next to monotones.
“The office space is now full of natural light and fresh air. The garden is rapidly growing to become the main feature of the space. Since occupying the new office, the client has proudly stated that employees are noticeably happier and this is reflected in productivity,” he explained.