showcase in situ

This design company's new office space is a working display of its services, portraying aspects of its design philosophy and potential for collaboration
A view of the SLA offices in Kuala ceiling, conference hall, daylighting, interior design, office, product design, table, white
A view of the SLA offices in Kuala lumpar that were fully Renovated by SLA the design company, featuring engineered timber flooring, leather office chairs, glass partitioning walls, carpet flooring, suspended acoustic ceilings

When the design credo of a company states a resolve to create interiors that are integral to its clients' successes, then that company's offices should display its ability to practice what it preaches.

Designers SL+A, a member of the Steven Leach Group, recognised this need when it decided to renovate its offices in Kuala Lumpur. The company is the Malaysian division of the SL+A Group, one of the oldest interior design consultancies in East Asia. Designer Jamie Wong says creating spaces that allow for collaboration, as well as showcasing the company's abilities, was important to the renovation of its offices.

"Before we redesigned the offices, different divisions of the company were separated from one another. Now, we have spaces that are open plan, and we've seen a positive change in the way we work."


A view of SLA offices featuring carpet flooring, architecture, ceiling, interior design, gray
A view of SLA offices featuring carpet flooring, glass wall partitioning, recessed blue neon lighting, aluminium joinery

To display what the company could do for its clients, the offices of SL+A were designed in-house, using a plethora of products from its high-end, local suppliers. MDF wall panels feature in the boardroom, along with perforated metal acoustic ceiling tiles. Whisper Wall in the directors' rooms provides acoustic protection, while many flooring options are displayed throughout, says Wong.

"The timber floorboards in the reception area are re-engineered from Ekowood Malaysia. Textured carpets create subtle divisions between zones. In one of the director's rooms, red carpet tiles create a bright, even aesthetic, which is carried over onto the walls. Patterned carpet is used in several rooms to display yet another idea to visiting clients."

Most of the furniture used in the offices was custom designed by SL+A, while the other pieces chosen are all modern classics by design luminaires such as Mies van der Rohe and Panton.

A view of the SLA offices in Kuala ceiling, conference hall, daylighting, interior design, office, product design, table, white
A view of the SLA offices in Kuala lumpar that were fully Renovated by SLA the design company, featuring engineered timber flooring, leather office chairs, glass partitioning walls, carpet flooring, suspended acoustic ceilings

Lighting is indirect and soft, to complement certain aspects of the design. In the hallway, blue lights are concealed in circular recesses in the ceiling, creating a futuristic glow above the heavily patterned carpet.

Aside from displaying the company's capabilities, Wong says security issues also prompted a re-configuration of the SL+A offices.

"Initially, there was an issue with visitors entering and exiting the office uncontrolled. On entry, the security threshold was too far into the offices to be effective. Now there is a glass door, which creates a barrier between visitors and zones where confidential material is stored."

Dec 18, 2007

Credit list

Interior design
SL+A Sendirian Berhad, PIDM
Mechanical and electrical engineering
Trakin Engineering
Blinds
Perforated roller blinds from Fast Track Blinds
Flooring
Timber floorboards by Ekowood Malaysia; Shaw carpet tiles by SMJ Furnishing; Interface carpet tiles by Carpet Ideas
Ceiling
Gema acoustic perforated ceiling panels by Jaya
Office chairs
Herman Miller by EuroSpace System
Security system
NEC Malaysia
Construction
Cathay Interiors
Hardware and handrails
Dline; Dorma; Häfele
Wall and floor tiles
Niro Ceramic
Wallcoverings
Vescom wallpaper by Ves Décor; Whisper Wall acoustic panels by Innovasia Fabrics
Paints
Jotun
Reception furniture
Valtra Furniture Design
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