When Egan Reid worked on the redesign and fit out of EFB’s Manchester offices, the former industrial building in the heart of the city’s historic centre had been left vacant for quite some time. While our team wanted to create a modern and productive space, it was important not to lose the original industrial feel of the location that was so important to the city’s heritage.
An industrial style environment was created through exposed brick and ductwork, with AC units fully on show. By mixing bespoke units and raw steel on the desk framework, we were able to thrust this once thriving, multi-storey mill into an innovative and imaginative modern working space.
We adapted the entire design aesthetic and sourced all products bespoke and made to order. Juxtaposing different types of wood and metal allowed us to stay true to the modern industrial design and achieve a harmonious marriage of old and new.
A key to modern industrial design is to focus on the presence of features that are typically concealed. Making AC ducts and vintage tiling the focus of the space helps to deliver a space that mirrors the brand’s quirky work style. The building’s natural intrigue spoke for itself, Egan Reid made it functional, productive and work ready.