Full Design Project: Plato Communications
Expanding and excited about moving into a larger office, Plato Communications needed to refresh their space. The brief was to create a reception area that doubles as a chill space for staff and establishes the band and theme when visitors first enter their office.
The multi award winning PR company and its new office are inspired by the Greek philosopher's country of origin and his insights and influences in the communications industry.
Making use of the existing neutral furniture - light wood and white - a subtle ocean colour scheme was created with the addition of dark blue, sea green and duck egg.
Before Images of the new office space and their up-beat furniture.
An imitation leather couch had to blend in with the modern Retro / Recycle look chairs and desks in white plastic and raw wood. Dated corporate finishes and a slightly pink wallpaper created a subdued and uninspiring working environment, not to mention a challenge in terms of the new colour scheme and fresh Greek theme.
A Mood Board with some options for decor in the new space.
Here I was looking for elements that would convey the chosen colours against a neutral, professional backdrop, as well as convey the concepts they're all about - words, communication, mathematics and problem solving.
After Images of Plato Communications' new office space
The old wallpaper was stripped, the wall carefully prepared and repainted in crisp white. This allowed the white floating shelves on the light green top half of the wall to not only pop, but find repetition in the bottom half of the wall.
In addition, the white furniture showed off well against the green, again making the white a consistent and clean theme.
Dado rails were left natural brown and fit right in with the wooden furniture.
A hard wearing Jute rug creates a clear relaxation and reception area and assists in bringing the couch's colour to a more neutral tone. It also adds to the warmer Mediterranean theme.
The specifically sourced antique typewriter forms a fantastic conversation piece and speaks volumes about the company's core focus - communication based on solid, traditional principles.
The subtle sea green used on the top half of the wall is Plascon Paint's Rainforest Dew with a 50% tint. Carefully chosen scatter cushions add colour and life to the couch, while binding the colour scheme with the neutrals in the Jute rug and the furniture.