Procurement of furniture for Fora 42 Berners Street Coworking
Matter of Stuff conceived an oasis of calm in the bustle of the City for Fora’s new co-working space located on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch. At the vibrant intersection of the City and London's creative quarter, the latest Fora space is arranged over seven floors, boasts ample natural light, and features an airy top floor with roof terraces.
Matter of Stuff have applied their extensive knowledge of the Italian manufacturing landscape combined with their far-reaching network of independent designers to curate a carefully-sourced selection of furniture, lighting and objets to create a modern, flexible but functional co-working space.
Simona Auteri, co-founder of Matter of Stuff, comments: ’We like to bring together the most creative minds to create bespoke and sustainably produced spaces, furniture and objects from concept right through to execution. Our partners include small to medium scale, family-run factories in Italy but also independent designers all around Europe who understand our vision and actively take part in the research of tailor-made solutions for our projects.’
Sofia Steffenoni, co-founder of Matter of Stuff, adds: ‘It is important for us to collaborate with names who are not necessarily on everyone’s radar but who are quietly producing fantastic work that we feel needs to be more widely recognised. For example, for the new Fora space in Shoreditch, we worked with Berlin-based designer Anastasiya Koshcheeva who created beautiful bespoke stools made of birchbark stripes for the telephone booths.
“Fora’s brief was to create spaces which felt industrial to echo the architecture of the area. We responded by proposing designs which combined both modern and vintage aesthetics. A layer of tactility was added with surfaces and furniture rich in woods, leathers and velvets; a distinctly contemporary look was maintained by fusing these with a colour palette of cool and neutral tones”.
Interior Designer at Matter of Stuff
For the meeting areas, Matter of Stuff used a mix of functional furniture from Karl Andersson together with an assortment of Riva 1920’s Alcantara chairs and Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH’s ornate bentwood chairs alongside Devina Nais tables.
The meeting room located on the lower ground floor needed to be highly functional as the room itself can be transformed from one large room seating a group of 30 individuals into two smaller rooms. In response, Matter of Stuff partnered with Italian brand Bauline to create minimal yet versatile tables, which the design studio then paired with bright orange Fritz Hansen chairs.In homage to Shoreditch’s renowned ‘loft-living’ architecture, Matter of Stuff created an airy loft-like atmosphere on the high-ceilinged top floor with a selection of modular sofas by Saba alongside contemporary metal and leather chairs by Tacchini, retro lamps by Bert Frank and functional board meeting-room chairs by Wittmann.