abstracted interior garden
The interior design of this multi-task office consists of creating an affordable, flexible task space that could convert into presentation space, or into living space for temporary visitors. The design includes simple and easily accessible storage, the redesign of the kitchen, furniture selection (and design: the conference table), and spatial paint design.
Theatrical “murals” transform the existing factory-like space into a relaxing, "green," and fun work environment. The client - a children's educational non-profit - chose green as the main paint color, and Ioana extended that to imply that there was a desire for nature to enter the space.
The office was located in the top floor of a large concrete structure, in a treeless and partly industrial neighborhood. Both color and the suggestion of nature or a garden were necessary. (Ioana also added a tree sculpture - see plan - as real plants could not survive in this north facing, unpredictably used space.)
The large geometry of the designs is based both on a need to make the space feel larger, to work with the scale of the structure, and to coordinate experientially with the paint design of the kids’ studio space Ioana had designed earlier. Models were made to help the client understood the spatial aspect of the design and how it weaves together into a holistic experience. The colors suggest the outdoors: blue for the sky, green for grass and leaves, red and pink for flowers and fruit.
As with all projects, many options are provided. Had the client not have to move out of the space prematurely, the design would have been implemented.