International high-end furniture company Brunner has opened its new London headquarters to the public. Designed by McDowell+Benedetti, the impressive furniture showroom and offices occupy a large 3-storey Victorian warehouse space on Rosebery Avenue, near Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. The new home for Brunner UK enables the company to expand its London base from its former cramped premises near Old Street, into a light and spacious gallery showroom in the heart of London’s design quarter.
Set in an unusually long and narrow industrial warehouse building on Rosebery Avenue, the new showroom is part of Brunner’s longterm plan to expand its UK operations. McDowell+Benedetti’s response to Brunner’s brief was to strip back the building’s interior to reveal original key features of the building’s industrial heritage, including steel beams and sandblasted brickwork. A calm palette of materials and colors was then introduced, including a monolithic pale grey resin to all three floors, forming a theatrical and unified backdrop for the furniture displays. Voids were opened up and a powerful linear floating staircase added to connect the three floors. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Brunner]