FreeAgent was launched in 2007 and provides online accounting software for freelancers and micro-businesses. They set up in Edinburgh and after rapid expansion to more than 80 employees relocated their headquarters in August 2015 to the Fountainbridge area in new offices which they commissioned H and K design to fit out for them. As part of the fit out meridian filing cabinets were installed with planting fixtures on top and that’s where H and K contacted GP Plantscape having worked together before on several projects.
There were 12 cabinet toppers in total and the client being a young vibrant company, wanted the planting to reflect their personable style and to colour coordinate with the brightly decorated office space.
With high light levels in the office, GP Plantscape had a wide choice of planting available to specify and proposed a varied selection of small evergreen and flowering plants with an abstract planting theme to complement the flexible, relaxed feeling within the office. Uniform, regimented planting schemes were not the order of the day for this project.
To complement the cabinets in the main office the client also chose to place a white Lecuza classico planted with a Kentia palm for their reception area.
FreeAgent are a young, carefree company who wanted to create a unique environment by incorporating planting into their open plan office. ‘Something different’ was in the brief. A completely mixed planting solution was the key to GP Plantscape’s success with this project which went out to tender. We were able to demonstrate innovative thinking by straying from uniformed themed planting to completely unique schemes in each of the cabinet tops, planted in random patterns and using driftwood to add texture and contracts.
The planting itself involved several colours, shapes and textures but combined together in a design which although random combines together to create a fun and exciting alternative to traditional cabinet tops.
Using low level planting was part of the key to the success of the design, keeping it streamlined yet interesting. The succulent planting is thriving in the environment which is well lit yet the position of the units avoids direct sunlight for long periods.
Staff at FreeAgent are delighted with their new office environment. The planting allows segregating from the main walkway without being intrusive and the eye catching cabinet tops are a frequent topic of conversation with visitors.
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