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Making essential changes for Essence Digital

  • Office relocation
  • Oxford street
  • 17,650 sq ft

Essence have been through a meteoric rise in recent years. However, their offices could never keep up with their growth and diversity. Their new office needed to inspire their employees and keep them feeling fresh.

The first big step was to relocate from their small and disconnected environment in Soho to a shiny new office in Oxford Street. Then it was about creating a fun, supportive environment centred around their people. We tipped the traditional office design on its head and Essence now have a space for people to hang out and work however they choose.

One thing that Essence made clear to us was that they wanted to have a space that would focus on their people and maintain a buzz around the office. This starts with a bright and positive front of house space where you employees and guests are immediately greeted with a stylish multi-functional space. You are welcomed by the Box Park-style bleachers, with a hidden roof terrace for small meetings, or simply to get away from the office hustle and bustle. Their people (the ‘Essentials’) use the bleachers to work, meet, socialise, and for those all-important all-hands get-togethers.

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In the centre of the photograph a group of individuals are seated on a wooden staircase seating area with two people in front seated on brown leather sofas

Essence place a huge amount of focus on employee wellbeing and this can be seen throughout their office interior. To keep energy levels high, the Italian coffee van sits in the middle of the office and serves as a hub for staff. When staff are keeping themselves pumped up, they can relax by playing table tennis or focus on their work in private booths.

View gallery A blue table tennis table in the centre  with two people holding bats at either end surrounded by white and glass walls
View gallery A dark social and kitchen space with soft amber lighting and an exposed brick wall at one end a foosball table in the centre and wooden tables with benches or white seats surrounding

The Essence office is fitted with features such as biophilic design, most notably in the Meditation Room. The living moss walls help create a refreshing work space and create the ideal environment for private or shared working. Fitted with writeable walls, small meetings and other catch ups become less formal and more engaging. The Peldon Rose furniture team focused on adding designs that will keep employees motivated and create a positive office design.

View gallery A white room with a green carpeted floor and biopillia going through the centre illuminated by a deep blue light carved out of the ceiling
View gallery A half open weathered forest green wooden door viewing a green carpet with biophillia on top and blue lighting above

The new Essence office is a comfortable place that employees can enjoy and achieve success. Success has come outside of the office too. We were very proud to win 5* Best Office Interior at the International Property Awards 2016.

Would you like more inspiration? Please view our portfolio of recent work.

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two wooden pods with glass doors and white chairs and a man seated in the right hand pod with a black white board with white lettering
View gallery A man sat at a breakfast bar-style wooden table with a black laptop surrounded by wooden pods and a seating staircase space on the right
View gallery A light hardwood Isoosceles trapezoid boardroom table with black and red desk chairs in the centre of a black and glass walled meeting room with a small wooden kitchen area in the farback wall
View gallery two wooden cube-shaped meeting booths with glass fronts positioned on a wooden ramp to the right, and two red high-backed sofas
View gallery On the left is a light wooden effect front desk with a black cube shaped communal room with brown leather chairs and two persons enjoying coffee
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A corridor with three metal lifts on either side of the wall  a grey striped carpet running down the centre of the floor and white carpet on either side
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