OFFICE SPACE >
Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
"When you put a clean, simple, modern interior in
old palace spaces, the contrasts can complement each other nicely," says
leading Czech architect and designer Bára Škorpilová, commenting
on the new seat of her studio Mimolimit. Her business outgrew
its formerly small space, so she moved it to one of the Malá
Strana palaces under Prague Castle, where she reconstructed 180
m2 of a former office wing.
draw lots of sketches, so I need a rather large table. I had a
replica of the work table I designed for Tacoma in 1996 for my
office, so there are only two like this."
02> "We have a real
reception area in our new studio: Stainless steel tiles, red accents,
and a special Capellini lamp."
03> "I value the extraordinary
atmosphere of the palace spaces - the thick walls, four-meter ceilings,
and the wonderful garden. I kept all the historical elements that
were here, like that great baroque door and the old bookshelf.
But there weren't many of them, so we designed most of the space
to be purely operational, using effective lighting."
04> "I go for well-lit
interiors, so the lights are among the few things we didn't scrimp
on. It's a well-conceived combination of bulbs and halogen lights
that together create a pleasant atmosphere."
05> "I always wanted
a stone conference table because it evokes respect and still demonstrates
the spirit of a special freedom. It's made of Roman travertine
and its legs are stainless steel."
06> architect Bára Škorpilová
07> "My colleagues
gave me these designer ducklings as a joke, since one of them is
like me - a red competitor."
08> "We often work
together in the large office. I need to stay in contact with
the others and know as much as possible about their work. It
helps motivate them, too. My dream is one large office hall,
but there isn't enough room here."