Crabtree & Evelyn is an international retail brand respected for its original fragrances, fine foods and gorgeous gifts. The company has recently moved into a new head office in The Bonhill Building, a 1970s office block which has recently been entirely repurposed as a cutting-edge Shoreditch tech building.
Crabtree & Evelyn briefed interior designers Tanner Design from Lymington, Hampshire, who have worked on their store designs since 1997, to provide the creative scheme for not only the informal workspace but also the client meeting rooms, as well as break-out areas and dining facilities. The result is a stunning new working environment for the company, which was founded over 40 years ago.
Tanner Design specified much of the furniture for the project from Andy Thornton Ltd, who specialise in supplying contract furniture for the hospitality sector and workplace environment.
In the informal central link area, with its brick feature wall painted a lovely pastel pink, we supplied the contrasting lounge furniture. A blue button-back leather Chesterfield together with tub chairs upholstered in teal-coloured leather and the large Belgrade coffee table, are surrounded by plants in pots and hanging baskets. Facing this, around the TV monitor, we supplied two Askew lounge chairs with coffee tables.
In front of the double kitchen/diner and alongside the ‘Grow Your Own’ plant display shelves, Andy Thornton supplied a complete set of country-style side chairs in white frames, plus a batch of our popular rustic Cross Back dining chairs, to go around the two large refectory tables.
In front of the minimalist servery counter of the cocktail bar, Tanner Design specified the Cross Back bar stools from Andy Thornton, the black steel frames contrasting sharply with the concrete-style finish of the counter.
For the light and airy conservatory, with its full-height windows and glazed roof panels, Andy Thornton supplied more lounge furniture, again surrounded by planting and impressive overhead opal-white circular hanging pendants.
For the informal meeting rooms, one with a metal-framed glazed screen, the other with distinctive yellow panelled walls, we supplied more traditional leather Chesterfields and coffee tables, mixed with modern lounge chairs for that eclectic look.