John Prince’s Street is in the Marylebone district on the north side of Oxford Street, London in the centre of the West End: a short side street linking Cavendish Square with Oxford Circus. We worked on this 2nd floor office fit out project for contractor Virtus Contracts Ltd.
The Requirement: Curtains to offices to fit in with Scandinavian décor
The project architect – Swedish practice READ Arkitekter AB – had experienced problems on a previous project and was keen for the curtain package on this project to run smoothly. Our Project Manager went over the curtain specification in detail with the contractor and architect, and sourced the fabrics required.
Wave curtains to the main office windows have been made of Unix by Kinnasand fabric from Kvadrat; a dense melange fabric with a crisp linen-like look and feel but made of practical flame retardant polyester. These are hung on cord operated Silent Gliss Wave tracks.
Challenges & Solutions: Cupboards to be hidden & privacy required to awkward spaces
The unsightly ventilation cupboard in the entrance to the offices has been disguised by pencil pleat headed curtains with minimum fullness on Silent Gliss 3870 cord operated tracks, creating the effect of a striking fabric panel.
The fabric chosen is a unique linen with a retro design from the 1940s by Josef Frank, sourced from Svenskt Tenn in Sweden.
Another unusual application is the use of Silent Gliss Panel Glide System in the kitchen area: here we have installed six floor to ceiling fabric panels in Accent by Kinnasand from Kvadrat to the large windows at the rear of the building, providing flexible screening and shading when required. This fabric is 100% polyester although it has the look and feel of dense cotton.
The office toilet window needed privacy without blocking out light and without interference to the window fastenings, but space was at a premium. Our Project Manager worked on this with the contractor and architect, and eventually came up with a specially designed curtain installed on Silent Gliss 6103 tracks, fixed top and bottom, with the brackets side fixed.
The semi-sheer curtain fabric chosen was Sashi by Kinnasand from Kvadrat. This high quality linen and cotton mix fabric features a subtle pinstripe with a handcrafted feel.
Project Management & Engagement with all parties ensured the project met expectations
This was a project that evolved after we were instructed by the fit out contractor, and proved how important engagement with the contractor and architect is, in order to deliver a project that meets the client’s expectations. Our Project Manager worked hard to provide the most effective and space saving solutions.
The Outcome: A tranquil space in one of the busiest areas of London
The finished space really is an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the West End. The curtains provide privacy from the neighbouring buildings, including a university, which overlook the offices. By opting for light colours, they work well with the clean modern vibe of the office design, adding an element of comfort and enhancing the distinctive Scandi interior.