22 May 23

Celebrating World Interiors Day

‘People architecture’ and ’empathetic design’ are at the core of all Woods Bagot global projects and practices. Interior designers are just one of many key players that help forge a meaningful relationship between people and place.

Senior Associate and workplace interiors design lead Melanie Porrins says the idea of ‘community’ means so much to interior designers, in terms of building, enriching and sustaining them.

We are uniquely equipped to create empathetic spaces that foster connection, so establishing a sense of community is something that we strive for, regardless of the scope or scale of the project we’re working on,” says Porrins.

In celebration of World Interiors Day (26 May 2023), we are showcasing some of the most remarkable interior design and architecture projects across various sectors by Woods Bagot.

Convene at 22 Bishopgate, London – Workplace Interiors

Convene at 22 Bishopsgate is an award-winning meeting and event space – this is the brand’s first location outside of the US and, to mark its tremendous success one year on, Convene has announced their second London site, at Sancroft in St. Paul’s.

25hours Hotel One Central, Dubai – Hotels

Woods Bagot delivered the interiors for the first ever 25hours Hotel in the Middle East – now a multi-award-winning hotel, the interior design seamlessly blends nomadic and contemporary design, creating a one-of-a-kind destination in Dubai.

Zhenmeihui Zhengzhou, China – Health & Wellness

Zhenmeihui Zhengzhou is a high end multi-service experience for a beauty enhancement clinic. A ceremonial walk takes clients to the private spaces along the original building façade and through to spa-like service spaces which initiate a calming and entrusting environment.

Funan, Singapore – Retail

Woods Bagot Associate Principal, Stefano Tronci, says the space balances creative cutting-edge interiors with sustainable drivers by integrating “a number of exemptional features within its public space, such as a 24/7 open bicycle lane crossing the atrium, and a three-storey-high climbing wall.” 

Brooklyn Tower, New York – Residential

Woods Bagot New York Principal and Interior Design Leader, Krista Ninivaggi, mentions the attention to detail in the project: “A playful nod was incorporating the mercury dime, a reference to the former Dime Savings Bank. We clad the elevator lobby ceiling in round tiles, resulting in a beautifully intimate space with a textured vaulted ceiling.”

Shellhouse, Sydney – Hospitality

The entire venue is a canvas for artist-in-residence Mikey Freedom, whose work merges the frivolity and indulgence of past with present. More than a backdrop, Freedom’s vivid, curated art is installed on the walls, ceilings and in furniture – there’s hieroglyphic walls, mosaic tiled tables, murals, canvases and sculptures.


Duos: Eva Sue and Melanie Porrins on Interior Design.

Despite leading different sectors, Mel and Eva can often be found bouncing ideas off each other over and bonding over their shared loves of great coffee and sustainable fashion. Both are champions of the power of interior design to create positive change.

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