Thursday, 19 February 2015

Minster's Amazing People Space

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a group of people wanted to create a retail and food space associated with an important Minster that would appeal to the whole population? Well wonder no more!

The management team at Southwell Minster approached us to design the interior spaces for the re-development of their Cathedral Bookshop and the Refectory (a cafe run by an independent management team).

The original 1990s interiors featured orange stained wood, fussy layouts and problems with echoing acoustics. The two spaces had small separate entrances divided by an unwelcoming corridor.

Our remit was to design an interior that cross-fertilised Shop & Refectory sales; ensuring a reference to a Christian offering, whilst appealing to all visitors.

We created a design with no internal walls to erase the unwelcoming corridor and integrate the two interior spaces. 

A subtle background palette of greys was used to calm the interior, juxtaposed by brightly coloured lights, shelving and sound sculptures to create visual excitement amongst an air of tranquillity.

Backwash and suspended lights were used to brighten the areas whilst optically lowering the ceilings.

Hardwearing Karndean Aged Oak flooring was laid throughout to cement the feeling of one space, create a contemporary look and soften acoustics.

Bespoke fitments for the Bookshop created visual interest with the colour chosen to heighten the impact of the colours of book spines. Focussing displays around the edges with one distinct central unit enhanced disabled access. A bird’s eye view of the central display area reveals it to be an abstract cross: a theme also used in the shelving on the slat wall.

Counter space in the Refectory was extended and chilled counter display cabinets removed to lessen barriers to the public and promote the feeling of fresh food offering.

Banquette seating in the Refectory was designed to reflect the pews of the Minster. Sound sculptures on the ceiling overcome acoustic issues and mirror the abstract cross design of the retail central unit.

The Refectory designs played to its location USP by including trompe l’oeil features such as an old architectural plan and specials boards incorporating the Minster Towers.

The venue has been warmly received by a forward thinking management team and is proving an excellent commercial environment.

We've won a Best of Houzz 2015 Award!

Remodeling and Home Design

Jamie Hempsall Ltd of East Drayton Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Cast Their Vote For Top-Rated Home Building,
Renovation and Design Professionals in the UK and Around the World

East Drayton, 19th Feb, 2015 Jamie Hempsall Ltd of East Drayton, Notts has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The already multi-award winning residential and commercial interior design consultancy was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 15,000 active home building, renovation and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular in 2014 among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” The Customer Satisfaction category is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. 

Richard Bond, MD of Jamie Hempsall, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been given this publicly voted award.  We spend a great deal of time with each client, learning about their lives and loves, so we can design bespoke spaces that reflect them.  As part of this process we aim to ensure that our rooms that have longevity - interior design is an investment and we like to ensure a good return.  It is always a joy to receive positive feedback from our clients and their friends, but to win an award like this really is the icing on the design cake!”

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, renovation and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Gemma Smith, Industry Marketing Manager at Houzz UK and Ireland. “We’re delighted to recognise Jamie Hempsall Ltd among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively renovating and decorating their homes.”

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