Abstract Group

Abstract Group appointed Office Profile to complete the fit-out for the reception area of their newly built office development, The Florence Building in Basingstoke. The client wanted a welcoming and inspiring space with an Italian theme to reflect the name of the building.

0 Piaggio Tuk Tuk
0 Vespa scooter seats
0 'David' by Michelangelo sculpture

The Brief

The Florence Building is a newly built office development in Basingstoke, comprising of 60,000 sq ft spread over 5 floors. The developers, Abstract Group, appointed Office Profile to complete the fit-out for the reception area on the ground floor which would be utilised by all of the companies that will occupy the building.

Within the brief, the client highlighted that the first known purpose-built office was dated back to 1560 in Florence, later becoming the renowned Uffizi Gallery and they wanted to base the design around an Italian piazza, incorporating some of the everyday sights from Florence and featuring a bright and airy colour scheme. It was imperative that the space would make an exciting first impression to everyone that visited the building.

What we did

Taking the lead from Abstract’s Project Director, our Design Team began by conducting some research about Italy, looking at famous masterpieces, significant colours and the Italian lifestyle. We created a majestic feature wall by applying graphics of ‘The Birth of Venus’ painting by Botticelli within a frame, to set the scene on entering the reception area. We added a large marble sculpture of the iconic statue of ‘David’ by Michelangelo and even a Piaggio Tuk Tuk as the coffee point, which both encapsulated the distinctive Italian feel.

Office Profile provided 8 bespoke Vespa scooter seats in various pastel shades to add an element of fun, with white touch-down rectangular tables and Spin Stools. To ensure that the space could be used flexibly, we created different zones using a number of products such as acoustic meeting booths with tables, a Vieni rocking chair, Vieni Easy chairs, high Spin Stools and a Uni coffee table. The space was completed by adding several olive trees and a stunning yellow SMEG Fiat500 refrigerator.