Balancing contrasting elements – dark and light, retro and modern – the design of this studio has all the hallmarks of innovation, using the industrial style in a fresh way.
At the new Clarks Originals design studio of the shoe brand, the fittings complement the historic location to create a distinctive look. The architects at Paris-based ARRO Studio reinvented a 19th-century warehouse with the aim of encouraging collaboration and enhancing the design process.
The location has special significance as the building was part of Clark’s first factory, created in 1825. Both the brand’s heritage and modern approach influenced the studio design. The predominantly monochrome scheme uses pale sheets of pine for the work surfaces and cubic shelving. These contrast with the building’s black steel girders and original warehouse windows, the painted metal frames of the furniture and the matching black fittings. The centrepiece is an 8m (26ft) long pine meeting table, fitted around the building’s vertical steel beams, which was included to facilitate exchanges between team members.
Glass is also key here, with glazed panels and sliding doors separating rooms and visually extending the space. Encouraging creativity and optimising teamwork while addressing the challenges of the shoe design process, ARRO Studio has shown how it’s done when it comes to industrial style with a modern edge.