Gardiner & Theobald
Independent construction and property management consultancy, Gardiner & Theobald (G&T), is a leader in its field. They’re ethical and responsible, with a strong company culture built around a core set of values, so it was important to them that their London headquarters reflect this visually, whilst providing an exceptional workplace experience for their colleagues.
G&T engaged interior design and build experts Oktra for the refurbishment. The finished result is one of sophisticated simplicity, using quality, natural materials for the furnishings and floors paired with a soft neutral, calming colour palette. The refined architectural design of the building with its curved exposed beams and abundance of natural light is a great example of biophilic design, which the designer has augmented with planting for an added sense of wellbeing.
G&T chose Planteria Group, expressing that they wanted to find an expert planting company that would be true to the designer’s vision for the space, whilst specifying plants that would thrive and taking care of them with ongoing maintenance to ensure they continue to look perfect.
The design called for verdant planting for the communal and collaborative areas. The furnishings have been cleverly designed to integrate planting at eye level to create maximum impact. Planteria Group bespoke-made waterproof liners for the wooden planters and filled them with a vibrant mix of planting including Monstera Deliciosa, Aglaonema Stripes, Scindapsus, Sansevieria Laurentii, and Small Kentia Palms for a variety of leaf shapes and different shades of green.
Free-standing floor planting has been dotted about to add colour and life, continuity and flow throughout the scheme, selecting a mix of modern planters in black and grey.
G&T has a good-sized exterior space which it has made great use of. The exterior trough planters were chosen to work with the outdoor furnishings, breaking up the space and providing privacy. Filled with Fastia, Fastuca Glauca, Chamaerops Humillis and Phormium, the troughs turn this sheltered space into an oasis within the centre of the building.