Mother is an independent creative company headquartered in Shoreditch, London. Founded in 1996, they have grown to over 500 staff across offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai. Once a biscuit factory, the converted warehouse was originally designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects and boasts 4 floors of unconventional workspace.
Working closely with the partners and their creative team, we built a unique, one-off workplace which offers no resemblance to a modern workplace as we know it. With an emphasis on sustainability and the circular economy, the existing glazed Crittall style partitioning and doors have been repurposed into a new suite of meeting rooms, each with its own carefully curated collection of mid-century furniture and lighting.
The centrepiece of the design is the huge 50 person oval shaped hot desk which wraps around the central columns. It is built from reclaimed floorboards with a resin top cast in situ – seemingly balancing on top of several concrete balls. Workstations have been replaced by bespoke desks again built from reclaimed floorboards with a resin top,but this time situated on top of salvaged Victorian style 10 column radiators.
The space has been cleverly divided up in several zones with the use of curtains which gives flexibility, functionality and gives the sense of a space without barriers. Works included a stunning 18 seater cinema with original vintage folding seats. We formed a new toilet block to service the workforce on the floor and each cubicle gives an 80s throwback including beige, avocado, sky blue and pink toilet suites. A 12 foot snooker table base was repurposed as a boardroom table with a paint finish MDF top and reclaimed vintage light fittings. Our scope included a full MEP specification including new power and lighting throughout and an epoxy paint to the exposed concrete floors.