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cathay pacific offices

‘What align has created is a fully appropriate design that matches Cathay Pacific's brief, representing its brand and bringing together its staff. Balancing east and west, the airline's new offices softly speak of luxury, while providing a modern, open space to enact change in business.’



Gurvinder Khurana on her favourite 'Creative Space'

‘After a 12-year gap I visited India again with my family in December of last year and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur was one of my new experiences. It is truly one of the most magical aspects of the Pink City and the Royal Palace complex’

(Gurvinder Khurana, Design Insider Live)

cathay pacific offices

‘The Cathay Pacific company design ethos is 'softly spoken, strongly felt,' pointing towards a language of tasteful, warm and considered sensory experiences, delivered with respectful grace and heartfelt hospitality. For align, it was an important part of the design concept stage to refer to the company's brand values and translate them into 3D form’




‘The notion of ‘cool’ is as subjective as the notion of beauty. Unfortunately, what’s often meant by a ‘cool office’ is a bells-and-whistles riot of garishness and gimmickry….’

(Nigel Tresise, Design Insider Live)

eden mccallum

‘This is quite a transformation for Eden McCallum. Moving more central, this is about letting their own clients know that they are really stepping up’

(Gurvinder Khurana in MIX Interiors)


‘Designers Align were called in to work on the project. The company’s Nigel Tresise said: “What’s particularly great about this project is that the interconnected arches create opportunities for drama and zoning while still functioning as an overall venue’

(BAR Magazine)

align premier construction Eden Mccallum

eden mccallum

‘We couldn’t be happier with the design of our new offices’ commented Kathryn Whinney, Operations Director for Eden McCallum’

(Premier Construction)



‘Creativity is…jumping in puddles’’

(Gurvinder Khurana, BCFA Open)


‘We felt we had something unique to offer through the way we work’

(ONE TO WATCH column, FX Magazine)



FX Magazine

‘FX has been part of my life ever since I graduated! For me, the awards nights will always be a highlight of the design calendar.’

(Gurvinder Khurana in FX Magazine)




‘Mendeley features on front cover of ‘Das Büro’ Magazine’

(Das Büro. Germany)



‘For a 350-capacity, grassroots venue, it feels like luxury’

(Music Week)



‘The 9,000 sq foot space has seen two massive Victorian railway arches become a home for live music. Omeara is also a focal point of Flat Iron Square, a  new cultural hub that includes street food and galleries.’

(Time Out)



‘Mumford & Sons star Ben Lovett is bucking the trend that has seen dozens of music venues close by opening his own club. Lovett, 29, who is launching Omeara in the Flat Iron Square development between Borough Market and Tate Modern in Southwark, said he wanted to give something back to the city.’

(London Evening Standard)


‘A challenging project, but align has confidently managed to create a gimmick-free grown-up tech office for Mendeley that is sophisticated enough to allow it to evolve from its startup roots, but still enables it to retain the familial working culture that it started out with.’


Nigel Tresise authored article

‘In the first part of two brilliant insights, Nigel Tresise, Director and Co-founder at align, reveals the importance of a great brief in creating a great workspace.'

(MIX Interiors)


‘London Mayor Sadiq Khan is supportive of Lovett’s exciting plans. Following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Khan is championing London’s openness to creative industries and international talent through the #LondonIsOpen campaign.’

(The Independent)


‘Mendeley’s offices, designed by’ – on the front cover.

(The Bookseller)


‘The most unique aspect of the zones comes in the use of wallcoverings with both sliding screens and write-on walls that enable Mendeley’s staff to work on coding and scheduling, whilst constantly benefitting from interaction with and input from other staff.’



‘Workspace specialists Align have completed a 1,860m2 suite of offices that respond to a complex technical brief, at the same time as prioritising the ergonomic needs of the staff of technology company Mendeley.’

(Commercial Interior Design, Dubai)

Gurvinder Khurana’s Desert Island Desks

I’ll be spending a lot of time looking for passing ships on the horizon, so I’ll need a great chair – and what fits the bill better than Vitra’s Slow Chair?’

(MIX Interiors)


Mendeley feature with front cover image

(Modern Decoration, China)


‘A new office for creatives in the heart of London.’

(Das Büro, Germany)



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Nigel Tresise and Gurvinder Khurana interviewed by Design100 on their YouTube channel about the gold-winning BrandOpus project at the London Design Awards 2015


‘A dynamic, 19,000 sq ft, three-storey suite of offices for fast-growing brand packaging design specialists BrandOpus.’

(Interior Design Today)


‘Set over 3 levels, with a double-height ground floor studio; 3 purpose-built mezzanine spaces and a spectacular curving stair leading to a network of social and client-facing meeting spaces.’




‘Significant time at the beginning of the two-and-a-half-year project was spent working out how to optimise the space available for BrandOpus's needs.’

( 2015)



‘The brief for the interior was to create a true ‘home from home’, with a collaborative atmosphere: a space which didn’t feel like a traditional office and where creativity and the easy flow of people, information and communication were promoted.’

(Office Snapshots)


'The end result is stunning: an industrial-chic, open plan fantasy workplace - stripped-back, bathed in natural light and personalised with quirky, homely furnishings.'

(Edition 10, SPACE Magazine by Derwent London)


Gurvinder Khurana, Director, align

‘What are the killer attributes required by the modern day A&D professional?’
‘There are few people that can turn their hand to every aspect of our job in the A&D world but it is essential for any architect or designer that wants to progress to be able to communicate ideas eloquently and visually. You don’t have to be a whiz-kid at 3D max but have the tools that allow you to get your ideas across. In all the years I have worked, the biggest most underrated skill in the A&D world is emotional intelligence – I believe this is a skill that will set you apart.'

(Gurvinder Khurana in MIX Interiors)


35 Under 35

‘Stephenie joined us from Area Sq 12 months ago now and has firmly cemented her position as a key member of the team. Having joined us with a solid (studio-based) design background we’ve pushed her hard to develop her client handling skills and contractor liaison – and she’s risen to the challenge. She is a quick thinker and steadily now finding her feet in offering up creative ideas when we have collective team design sessions. We believe no idea voiced is a waste – you never know what spark it might light and Stephenie is embracing that idea. We think she is definitely one to watch!’

(align directors nominate align designer Stephenie Witton for MIX Interiors ’35 under 35’ feature)


‘The finishes throughout are extremely clever, with beautiful parquet end block flooring and classic furniture pieces mixing perfectly with a variety of eye-catching lighting solutions, an extremely funky pool table and, throughout the meeting rooms, a selection of amazing bright and bold wallcoverings.’

(MIX Interiors)





‘Much of the furniture is bespoke, including a reception desk made of white Corian and the boardroom table, which sits 18-20 people and whose design is modelled on an aeroplane wing. 'Jim Kelly, the CEO, really loves old aeroplanes,' explains Tresise. 'The table is detailed underneath like a real wing, finished in metal and riveted. It was a real labour of love, getting that to a position where it could be made. We looked at using reclaimed aeroplane wing, but we ended up doing something new and bespoke, but that still echoed the manufacturing techniques of the past.'

(Design Curial)





‘The interior takes the building’s external features and works them seamlessly into what is an absolute peach of a workplace project. The reception, on the fifth floor, is the design equivalent of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks: curves, curves, curves.’



‘We developed a scheme that took inspiration from sources as disparate as Star Trek, Spitfires, Buckminster Fuller and Eriko Horiki’s massive paper sculptures and followed a neutral pallet with mostly white and grey interspersed with the vibrant green used in the floor finishes of the building’s common parts.’



Dentsu London Office featured in Interior Designer (China) Volume 28




‘Walk into the Association of Accounting Technicians’ shiny new premises, on Aldersgate Street in central London, and you’ll be greeted by a wall plastered with pictures of every member of staff. But here’s the fun part – each face is made of moveable parts, so you can swap the CEO’s forehead for the secretary’s chin, or the PA’s nose for the marketing manager’s grin. It’s more than a bit of fun….This gives a small insight into the remarkable culture change that has taken place at the AAT, which only a couple of years ago was stuck in a rut, working in safe, staid ways.’

(MCA Management Today Awards Brochure)



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‘When accountancy body AAT relocated from its freehold building, it turned its back on dated cubby holes, cellular offices and dreary décor to create a highly-branded, open-plan workspace…..Staff participation in the process was vital and they were consulted and updated on key decisions – including the office location and furniture selection.’

(What to Buy for Business Magazine)