There is a growing demand across sectors for casual, flexible spaces that blur the work/life boundary, emphasise soft qualities, engage the senses, and are designed to support wellness and comfort.
With this in mind, we realised some video-interviews with opinion leaders and key partners that share their philosophy on designing human-centred spaces and on how soft environments have the power to connect people, bring about livelihood, and advance their work.
One of the interviewees was Fabienne O’Neill, co-founder, together with Charlie Rosier, of Cuckooz Nest.
Cuckooz Nest is a hybrid workspace that unites under the same roof a fully flexible Ofsted-registered nursery and an integrated workspace for parents and children under two.
The idea for Cuckooz Nest came after Charlie returned to work after having her first baby and realised how difficult it was to find affordable and flexible childcare in Central London.
Together with Leo Wood, Interior Designer at Kinder Design, they decided to join forces to create a design-led workplace catered to the needs of new parents.
Arper Catifa 46 chairs were selected as part of the design for the main co-working space area, creating a soft, human-centred atmosphere while promoting collaboration, creativity and productivity.
Leo Wood explains how this Arper collection fits in perfectly with the Cuckooz Nest concept: “For the design of Cuckooz Nest, we wanted to create a workspace that was vibrant and at the same time warm and homely."
“We fell in love with the Arper Catifa 46 chairs as soon as we saw them and knew that we wanted to make them central to our design. The colour palette of the chairs was perfect – warm soft yellows and pinks alongside simple and sophisticated black, beige and white."
“Office chairs are traditionally really ugly and yet with this Catifa chair we were able to create a really stylish look for our main workspace table, making it feel more like a homely kitchen table than a meeting room table.“
“The mix and match approach with the colours was perfect too – meaning we could make the chairs work exactly for our specific needs.”