One of the UK’s leading contract furniture firms, Furniture Fusion, has unveiled the results of its recent project to design and furnish the Shoreditch headquarters of music-streaming tech startup Keakie. Arranged over two floors, much of the office is open plan.
Based in Shoreditch, Keakie is an on-demand online streaming platform powered by an artificial intelligence engine that tailors content directly to suit the preferences of users. As a fast-growing tech startup with music and content at the heart of the business, their first office had to be a place that functioned well as a workplace to get things done, but also as a creative, collaborative space where the team could come together to create something special.
“We were approached by Keakie to design their new headquarters, with the project scope covering everything from the best use of available space through to the desks and chairs which are a staple in any office. What made this different and exciting is that this workplace also includes a recording studio and a DJ booth – we really relished the challenge of coming up with something to fit such a creative, innovative brand, while still being practical, workable and of course on budget.” – Sam Samuels, MD of Furniture Fusion
The lower floor is home to plenty of relaxed lounge space, with retro Tonella sofas and lounge chairs, custom-made for the project. Alongside these stylish pieces are leather-upholstered poufs and sleek Apelle Chic side tables complete the look!
Meanwhile upstairs, the meeting room features a bespoke, 6 metre long table with a cross base and waney edge character oak top. This space will be in regular use for hotdesking and collaborative working, the organic shape of the table sitting comfortably alongside the Sonny PB Q chairs which run its length.
“We were delighted to work once again with Sam and his team on this project. We selected a mix of classic shapes and bespoke retro pieces, using leather and fabric finishes alongside accents of wood and metal. The end result looks great and suits the different ways in which Keakie will use the space – of course as a day-to-day office, but also for podcasting, industry events and showcasing featured artists.” – Abi Perry-Jones, Creative Director of Jones AD.
The chairs have their own story to tell. Each is upholstered in Camira Rivet in a range of hues which adds depth and interest to the room, but what’s notable is that this is a sustainable fabric. Made from used plastic bottles, Rivet gives a smart, contemporary look while blending textile traditions and future innovation.
This floor is also home to a podcast studio – a central element in Keakie’s business model. Practical considerations were key here in order to ensure a quality recording output, but the design also worked to make it a relaxed, intimate space within the heart of a busy workplace. The dark-painted walls are complemented by the Baron sofa and lounge chair in charcoal grey fabric, which together make the studio comfortable and inviting.
Perhaps the most striking element of the interior is a bespoke 3 metre long DJ both made from reinforced glass fibre concrete – all made and installed in one piece and featuring an embossed Keakie logo.
Possibly the first of its kind in the UK, it was technically challenging but the finished product is stunning – designed in-house by Furniture Fusion, it’s a real statement piece and although not something you’d find in the average office, represents what Keakie stands for – creativity, inspiration and innovation.
Music, art and design play an essential role in the approach to a project and BCFA member Furniture Fusion understands the creative process. Working with business owners, architects and designers, the team is involved every step of the way, making it a unique experience for the client.
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