Wikborg Rein, an elite Norwegian law firm focused on banking, finance, IT and data privacy, recently hired interior design firm Thirdway Interiors to design their new office in London.
“The 12,000 sq. ft space has been designed to challenge the traditionally conservative style of a corporate workplace to create an office that is unique and innovative within the legal sector. With a recruitment drive underway, they needed space for the current team, for future expansion and for visiting colleagues from overseas. Their global headquarters in Norway had recently undergone refurbishment and its design was the starting point for inspiration and discussions around the look and style of the London office. Wikborg Rein wanted to celebrate its Norwegian roots, but also place a unique and British spin on Scandi design. ThirdWay’s concept combines the minimalism, clean lines and organic textures of Scandinavia, with a rich colour palette and key features more typical of a contemporary British interior. Whilst some more creative elements have been introduced to the space, they are refined and sophisticated, clean and functional. The focus on aesthetic details was as important as the office’s function. A bookshelf feature celebrates a library of knowledge which once was hidden, a hidden door behind the reception desk conceals a print & post room, and, in key areas, bespoke ceiling joinery has replaced the conventional suspended ceiling. The team at Wikborg Rein wanted to maintain a cellular layout with a variety of optimized storage solutions, as is typical in a very corporate space. However, they also wished to introduce some more contemporary elements to the workplace to nurture a more modern culture. Breakout spaces, booth seats, café tables and high benches allow for flexible working and provide space to eat and socialise. Key Features: Herringbone timber-effect vinyl flooring, blackened wood panelling, recessed bookshelf feature, bespoke joinery to key ceiling areas and reception desk space, ‘secret’ door in reception joinery, trapezoid breakfast bar,” says Thirdway