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.’
‘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.’
'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.’