Architectural and interior design company Cardo have project-managed the ongoing design and refurbishment of the CFC office on Gracechurch Street in the City of London since 2009. Located a short walk from Bank station, CFC, previously known as, are specialist insurance providers who began by occupying one floor and who now occupy six floors in total. The previous floors Cardo have designed for CFC provide traditional desk space and working areas for staff, while the objective behind the most recent part of the project using Domus Wood flooring was to create a more relaxed environment for informal meetings, alongside an area for staff to relax in during breaks and at lunch. 

Creating a holistic and functional working environment was paramount to the design and layout which Cardo have created. Cardo specified 250 SQM of Domus’ Aura engineered walnut wood flooring across the 500 SQM ‘recreational space’ in herringbone format. In terms of aesthetics, the tonal variation and characterful swirling grain pattern of the natural walnut enhances the interior with its mix of rich cocoa, coffee and chocolate tones, while the herringbone format introduces a striking geometric pattern to the flooring design. In terms of the material, a matt lacquer finish helps protect the floor from staining.

The space benefits from a high level of natural light which further enhances the look of the wood. Harmonised with clean white walls, the modern-classic look and rich coloration of the flooring is an integral design feature within the overall space, offering a stylish contemporary feel to the informal workspace setting. Within the café-style dining area, which includes a kitchen plus mix of high stool seating, booth seating and regular seating, the flooring brings warmth and character next to other ‘hard’ materials. 

In the lounge-style break out areas, the walnut flooring perfectly complements the modern eclectic mix of mid-century style furniture including tan leather sofas, fabric upholstered chairs and rich-coloured marble and wood coffee tables. The overall result is a focused series of dynamic kitchen, dining and meeting areas and rooms offering an open, clean and pragmatic layout, which reflects the way the office staff use the space on a daily basis.

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