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MPC Skybar

Soho, London

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B3 Designers has recently completed new interiors for the London offices of internationally renowned visual effects specialists Moving Picture Company (MPC). The project, carried out over several floors in the Wardour Street office building in Soho, consisted of redesigning co-working and studio suites as well as creating the top-floor Sky Bar – a stylish in-house bar and social space predominantly used for client entertainment and flexible working.

Inspiration for the design throughout all floors is artfully mid-century, and the palette is flooded with natural materials and earthy colours: olive, mild steel, rich and charred timber and walnut, pewter and leather.

The Sky Bar, with its impressive panoramic views of Soho and surrounds, is an airy space with reclaimed timber cladding lining the walls. These were imported from an old barn in Ireland. A large u-shape bar with concrete-panel facade takes centre stage, surrounded by Louvre-seat bar stools with steely blue leather upholstery perched atop a bespoke mosaic tiled floor.

Beyond the bar, the floors are rich reclaimed Versailles timber, and B3 Designers has created different seating arrangements, from velvet-upholstered banquettes, to sofas for lounging, and mid-height tables and chairs for dining. Where possible, film-related bric-a-brac and vintage cameras decorate the space, and a mix of cinematic ‘barn-door’ spotlights and a bespoke blown glass feature pendant are used to illuminate this floor.

Three flexible offices with space for multiple workstations have also been incorporated into the floorplan of the Sky Bar, and flaunt a much darker colour palette, with blackened-out windows creating an optimal studio/dark-room style environment for working. Although necessary to keep these spaces dark, B3 Designers injected subtle eye-catching details such as the woodwork between the charred charcoal black timber panelling.