Resist the temptation to think of office storage in just purely practical terms. To be fit for purpose, it certainly needs to tick a series of practical boxes, such as:
- Enough space for all of your business’s documents, stationery, and resources
- Sufficiently robust build quality to rely on it day-to-day
- Making frequently used items readily accessible when they’re needed
On top of all that, you’re also presented with a series of opportunities - it can develop the aesthetic of your company, restructure your office environment and develop furniture pieces that do more than simply store your office’s files.
The USM Haller system modularity offers all of this and more. Designed and built to order, you can customise every piece of furniture to your company's needs. Portray your company’s identity with the furniture’s colour, keep things open and collaborative with large, central storage pieces, or more closed and concentrated with individual storage pieces for each workstation. Tailor the furniture’s functionality to your workforce’s storage needs: extendable shelving and magazine display shelves for commonly-used documents, or lockable drawers for sensitive files and personal effects.
Design and architecture consultants BDG are genuine experts in office environments. They spend every day working with their clients to design and create stimulating spaces that will allow employees to thrive and be happy. So, when they got the chance to create a new office environment for themselves after moving their London HQ, we truly got to witness the masters at work.
The new studio can be found in the stunning Sea Containers development of London’s creative Southbank hub, featuring an uninterrupted view of the River Thames through a floor-to-ceiling window. Moving in, they had a rare opportunity to not only develop a space that reflected the company’s own aesthetic - authentic, honest, simple, beautifully composed - but also to showcase for clients the benefits of their unique and innovative approach to office environments.
“It seems only fitting that our studio, in a landmark London building, was complemented by a storage system that has long been a landmark in office environments for organisations that appreciate the longevity and quality of good design.”
Colin Macgadie, Creative Director BDG architecture + design
This meant creating a truly agile working environment, with unassigned desks, a variety of different working areas and furniture that can be moved and reconfigured quickly. The most striking element of the new design is a bold yellow piece of USM Haller furniture that runs the length of the studio’s centre. A perfect stylistic counterpoint to the studio’s raw concrete surfaces and a playful reflection of the steel flooring, the piece serves a number of functions for the studio. Lockers for employees occupy one side; shelving for documents relating to the studio’s current projects fills the other. The piece’s countertop serves as a perfect “bar” for guests during presentations, forums and events, as well as being a great place for employees to meet informally, while the unit itself subtly sections off the main working area from the rest of the studio.
Other USM Haller pieces throughout the offices bring a stylistic unity to the diverse working spaces on offer: a standalone drawer unit in subtle gray provides ample storage for a more private office area, while a large media unit finished in pure white is perfectly fitted for the office’s television and provides it with an elegant frame.