The team at DZ Design spans 3,800 square feet and had four months from initial design to completion. Abrao’s new office currently has 25 employees and is designed to support the company’s future growth.
“This is what we would describe as a simple, people-focused office that supports the day-to-day work of a busy logistics company,” says Dina Morale, director of design at DZ Design.
“It is a small office space, so the main concern of the client was how we fit everything in it. Hence the smart design falls into place. You see, there is no unused corner in the office. And every storage area is cleverly hidden so the space looks more spacious” .
Abrao Shipping is part of the India-based Abraogroup, which was founded in 1936.
DZ Design has opted for a modern, contemporary design, which brings warmth through wood finishes and interior greenery. The biggest impact was in the open plan space and lounge, which doubles as an informal meeting room.
“To achieve this, we chose a very natural color palette and finishes that go together. Light oak was used to clad the walls with two natural green walls, along with gray marble and carpet floors with hints of Abrao’s blue,” explains Morali.
Due to the nature of their work, the design team needed to create two separate entrances – one for the customer-facing reception and one for the delivery of documents and papers. In the main reception, the counters and the back wall are clad in Volakas marble while the floors have opted for Fior Di Bosco marble, adding a sense of luxury.
Abrao Shipping previously rented its offices, which had a traditional office with booths and high partitions among the staff.
Murali continues, “Open plan offices are known to be distracting and cause noise, so we had to make sure the acoustics were done correctly. In all the ceiling panels, we added acoustic barriers and chose carpet floors that absorb more noise than any hardwood floor.”
Like any shipping and logistics company, Abrao’s office was jam-packed with paper, so Dina and her team maximized storage spaces wherever possible. In an open office, along a long wall, the team designed a built-in hidden pantry with light oak planks.
The meeting room features a beautiful custom-made table made of a single marble slab. Comfortable white leather chairs fit perfectly with the table.
Due to the structural columns, DZ Design was not able to place the employee area next to the main window. The client wanted to use as much natural light as possible, so instead of adding frosted glass for privacy, DZ Design installed convertible film. When the meeting room is not being used, natural light comes directly through the windows into an open plan area.
“For the Chairman’s office, we chose more luxurious finishes and furniture. An oversized slab of black marble was installed on the wall. With its fun grain and fluid patterns, it serves as an artistic and sophisticated backdrop. Light oak floors add warmth and luxury, complemented by a designer executive desk. Well, plush sofa and lounge chairs,” Morale adds.
Although the office space is quite small, DZ Design has managed to create so-called additional “third spaces” in the pantry and a small lounge.
This is a space where the team comes for a coffee break or lunch together. All devices are built-in and hidden.
“I think we can all agree that Asian cuisine is delicious, but the strong aroma and flavors can overpower those who haven’t used it. So we wanted to make sure the kitchen is away while the team feels comfortable bringing their favorite foods to work,” concludes Morali.