By habit – a lot of the creative offices that are shown here on the blog are located in Scandinavia. With last weeks post being one of them – this week – I wanted to show you an office which was not Scandinavian. Here we have the Toffee Factory in Newcastle. I stumbled upon this interior design project while preparing for Jill Tate’s interview here on the blog awhile back. Maybe it was the candy-like name that caught my interest…
Even though not located in Scandinavia it yet features some common pieces often used in Scandinavian homes nowadays – the American Eames chairs.
Bold and cheerful colours – gives the Toffee factory more of candy-like feel.
I mean the name sounded pretty sweet – Toffee Factory- especially coming from a candy lover, but of course at a first glance the industrial feel and location are what caught my interest. The icing on the cake though was, when I found out that this building offers contemporary office spaces to creative companies, agencies and start-ups. Being owned by the local council of Newcastle it is an inspiration for cities out there to actually implement a project like this into their own area.
The entrance and reception area has a staff which welcomes the workers daily. Behind them is an asymmetrical bookcase which proudly stands behind the reception area. – It truly sets the tone that this is a creative and contemporary building.
The black details in this staircase reminds me of that this building is an old factory – and in fact the building itself holds a landmark in this area; namely a brick chimney. (Is it only me or does the design of this staircase not remind you of a chimney; the chimney sweep with his equipment?)
There are so many benefits for creatives to utilize places like this. A ‘community feel’ design like it surely would encourage more creatives to take the leap of faith in regards of starting their own company. Feeling the support and success from other companies around oneself must be a booster on those -not so good days-. It surely motivates people to collaborate – which there can never be too much of in my book. Other benefits it has is; it allows companies to set up in sought after areas which they might not afford on their own.
A good looking and well – designed interior area is affordable with a communal office space like the Toffee Factory.
One of many of their meeting rooms; here with a plain design as to suit the different companies/creative individuals who rents it.
Speaking of bonuses, how many start-ups could actually afford having their space designed by an architecture company like Xsite? The chance is pretty slim to none, but with a space like this it becomes more possible. Offices’ like these are also managed by professional companies hence plenty of stress around owning your own business property goes away. – More focus can be put on your fun and creative ideas!
Creativity is injected everywhere. Here in this gorgeously designed and crafted bookcase! By keeping the sides in wood an interest is created and also depth.
Now to ease my curiosity, do you have a creative office building like the Toffee Factory in your area? If yes, please share with us; where is it located and would you use it if you had the chance?
I am Caroline, an ex interior design consultant, turned into a content creator, 30+ something Swedish born with an insane passion and interest for design, blogging, and living a meaningful and creative life. Design to me is about creating a (your) story – it is about understanding what matters and how to create something unique and meaningful which speaks and motivates you.