We recently completed an innovative and impressive project in the heart of the City of London, enabling us to demonstrate our fine craftsmanship on a large scale , and the versatility of leather in modern and engaging interiors.
We were commissioned to create a crucial component of the interior at 22 Bishopsgate, the tallest tower in the City of London’s financial district and a landmark project to create London’s first ‘vertical village’.
Designed by PLP Architecture for AXA IM – Real Assets and Lipton Rogers Developments, the 62-storey commercial tower can accommodate up to 12,000 people across its 2 million sq ft of internal floor space. We worked closely with PLP Architecture for three years to realise the brief provided from Sir Stuart Lipton in which they were asked to propose concepts for the tower’s ground and first floor atrium, known as ‘The Library’. The aim was to provide a warm heart to the building.
The design concept comprises flat and twisted padded leather panels, which rise from the escalator soffit at ground level, twisting like a ribbon up to and within the ceiling, before returning to floor level on the opposite side of the entrance hall. A Barrisol background allows for light and air into the space, while maintaining the uniform shape for both elements.
The twisted ribbon-like construction of the ceiling panels was developed in a two-part shell, designed and developed at our studio, with the leatherworking carried by hand by specialist craftspeople in our workshop in Park Royal, north London.