Pallavi Dean Interiors conceive a texture office space a talent consultancy in Dubai.
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The brief was to create an office that feels professional and well thought out, but also young and vibrant to reflect the culture of the company, explains design director Pallavi Dean.
She adds that privacy was a focal aspect in the overall design, given the confidential nature of discussions taking place, so the designers had to come up with a way to maximise the number of closed offices without having to create physically blocked off spaces that also blocks out natural light.
“We overcame this by focusing on acoustic rather than visual privacy,” Dean explains. “The individual offices have glass walls to allow natural light to circulate throughout the space.
“Acoustic privacy doesn’t have to be boring – we created a design feature using Kvadarat [textile] clouds that double up as an art installation on the walls. For the light fitting suspended above the desk, we used acoustic fabric clad fittings rather than industry standard cold metallic surfaces.”
Layering of spaces was also important in creating the look and feel described in the brief by the clients. One of the examples is a 3D screen backdrop which is dense at the bottom to provide privacy, and which becomes less dense as it reaches the ceiling to allow natural light to flow through. Playing with the ombre effect with pattern was a steep learning curve, Dean adds.
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In the reception area, the floor to ceiling bookshelf created the feel of a contemporary library. It doubles up as an informal meeting area for internal meetings and non-confidential client meetings.