Creating a Hotel-Style City Pad With a brief to create the ultimate boutique city crash pad, we introduced a bespoke kitchen and living space that was modern and luxurious. Silk curtains in a gold colour are inspired by the silk lining inside a suit, while the exposed brick wall left untouched keeps with the character of a warehouse-style loft.
One Space, Four Needs The family of this house needed their ground floor space to serve as a kitchen, dining room, home office and utility room. We opened up all the rooms to create one seamless area, and we moved the kitchen to the front of the property, allowing the dining area to open out into the garden. By incorporating built-in shelving, streamlined cupboards and clever sliding doors, we made this a multifunctional living area that suits all of the family’s needs.
A New Entertaining Space This client loves cooking and entertaining friends, but he felt the layout of his existing space inhibited this. By moving the kitchen and opening up the surrounding walls, we created a connected kitchen-living space where the client can easily entertain. We also utilised strong colour choices throughout the design to create a cosy yet impactful aesthetic.
New Internal Layout Once we moved the bedroom to the quieter back of the flat, we converted this space to be a multifunctional dining, office and spare bedroom, achieved by adding sliding doors to create privacy when needed. We used inexpensive materials – such as painted pegboard – to add texture, and we kept to a basic palette of white and walnut to better highlight the family’s personal items.
A Family Home with More Space We introduced modern fixtures into the kitchen, such as a hot water tap, seamless cabinetry and space for a large American-style fridge. The tile backsplash is inspired by the tiles at Shoreditch High Street station. Other design elements feature natural and eco materials. This includes a reclaimed school laboratory table for the kitchen countertop and slate flooring that runs the length of the ground floor.
Flow Interactive Flow Interactive offer a range of consultancy services to help research, design and evaluate interactive products. They asked Forster Inc to design and space plan an office that bolsters this service and reflects the Flow Interactive brand. We focused on updating the front of the office, which included the reception, meeting and kitchen areas, creating a space the company is proud to show to clients.
IDEO Global innovation and design firm IDEO asked Forster Inc to make their London office flexible, collaborative and with the feel of a café. We created designated areas for work and relaxing, using soft furnishings in the social areas to bring a feel of domesticity. Tall shelves help enclose this meeting space and separate it from the more work-driven project rooms. The end result is a bright, comfortable space that encourages creativity and collaboration.
IDEO IDEO wanted a reception area and communal space that would make them proud to show to their clients. We centred the design around a coffee meeting point, encouraging collaboration and making lunch breaks much more accessible. The combination of quality design pieces – such as Vitsoe shelving – mixed with raw, reclaimed materials creates a story that compliments IDEO’s brand and way of working.
Jonestown Coffee The coffee counter is the focal point of the space, and so we ensured this is the biggest feature in the room. The formica bar references the classic cafes found in the 50’s and 60’s, keeping with the nostalgic and more authentic overall look. The walls were left in the original unfinished concrete to leave the other visual elements on show, such as community noticeboard and the owner’s knickknacks.
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For the past 19 years, Forster Inc has been helping big businesses, local brands and homeowners realise their vision and achieve their ideal spaces. We will always make use of what you already have first and foremost in our designs, saving you time and money.
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