mode specialises in creating transport strategies for various sectors. From our very first meeting, it was clear that mode is not your typical transport planning company – they have a distinct personality that needed to be reflected in their new office space.
mode operates from three different office locations: Manchester, London, and Birmingham. Birmingham holds special significance as the birthplace of the business, and the opportunity to purchase their office space presented itself as a chance to create a true “home” for mode. This is where Copper & Ash came in, to transform their existing office space into a multi-function space that they could really call home.
The journey began with a site visit to mode’s new office space with Director David Frisby. The existing layout was uninspiring, divided into small, non-functional spaces that didn’t align with Mode’s vision. David expressed his desire to cultivate an environment that not only encouraged the team to come into the office but also made them proud of it.
The new layout was to incorporate these key elements with an infusion of the unique ‘mode personality’ throughout.
In tandem with feasibility planning, a lookbook was created, delving into the office’s overall ambience. The design aimed to showcase the industrial heritage of the mode brand while injecting the fun and vibrant spirit of the mode team. Material selection and construction detailing played a crucial role, and a bold orange hue from the company’s branding was woven into the design.
The mode team were thrilled with the layout and direction presented, enabling a smooth transition to the next stage.
With an agreed-upon layout and design direction in place, the design concept was brought to life in 3D. The concept celebrated the raw beauty of materials while maintaining a refined feel, utilising a palette of birch ply, concrete, black metalwork, and subtle white tones. Crafted joinery, top-tier hardware, and lighting contributed to the blend of textures and aesthetics.
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At Copper & Ash we like to support our clients from start to finish, which means offering full support throughout the fit-out stage too. We worked with the contractor throughout, providing design guidance and working through any issues that came to light on site. One example of this was the discovery of concealed pipework which meant we had to re-work the layout to suit. Our approach and desire to see a project through to completion meant we were able to react to such issues and limit any stress for the client.
We also assisted in sourcing furniture, fixtures, fittings, as well as elements like plants and artwork. This comprehensive approach ensured that every aspect of the design scheme was meticulously considered, leaving nothing to chance.
The final result at mode surpassed the client’s expectations, with David noting the remarkable alignment of the end product with the initial design concept. mode now boasts a fantastic new home, offering flexibility, room for growth, and a space that authentically represents the company’s values and personality. Copper & Ash wishes mode continued success in the years to come and looks forward to seeing them grow from strength to strength.