Bread Lab London features in Commercial Interior Design Magazine.

COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN IS THE DEFINITVE MAGAZINE FOR THE DESIGN COMMUNITY

Right location. Right interior. Right ingrediants. Award-winning UK interior design studio, Liqui Group whipped up the interior for Bread Lab London. The client, who is passionate about baking, wanted the bakery café interior to relect the skill and science behind the art of making bread. The minimal aesthetic of the retail space, with its clean lines and lack of decorative elements, creates a contrasting backdrop to the rustic quality of the artisnal bread on display.

To complete the look, Liqui designed and manufactured a bespoke lab table for the centre of the retail space which was finished with plug sockets for customers’ laptops and phones.

Manufactured by Liqui, the furniture and lighting pieces are made from sustainable materials and combine traditional craftsmanship with modern innovation. They include the Milne chair and Cell naked pendants. Bread Lab London is a great example of the full turn-key services Liqui provide. As well as the bakery café interior itself, Liqui followed the whole process through from render to reality, including building control consultancy, liasing with the landlord, fit-out and full project management, through to completion. In addition, all the furniture and lighting was provided by Liqui including the custom made shelving and banquet seating.

 

 

 

Sustainability in design interview with Roddy Clarke – BTCBD Podcast – Episode 8.

Sustainability in Design and Business

 

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Episode 8: Sustainability in Design Interview with Roddy Clarke.

In this episode, Cameron Fry interviews Roddy Clarke, a Design Writer, Presenter, and Sustainability Consultant, who is a Contributor to Forbes Life and the FT weekend magazines. 

The topic of the discussion covers the practicalities of sustainability, and how businesses should approach sustainability during design, production and beyond, looking not just at the present situation but also in the future to ensure their products have longevity.

There is no bandwagon when it comes to responsible sustainability.

 

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4 key points a hospitality business should consider as COVID restrictions are eased – BTCBD Podcast – Episode 7.

4 key points a hospitality business should consider
as COVID restrictions are eased
.

Episode 7 of Because Things Can Be Different

 

The latest Step for the UK’s Roadmap to recovery came into play today as the Government eased a number of restrictions. For Hospitality this is a huge break, as venues can now open their outdoor space areas for ‘Al-Fresco’ dining.

But what does this all mean for the Hospitality industry?

In this article and the latest episode of our podcast launched today, we cover the four key points a Hospitality business should consider now that restrictions have been eased.

  1. What the current and future steps of the COVID 19 Roadmap mean to hospitality
  2. Outdoor dining – does it make sense?
  3. Branding – what to focus on now
  4. The interior – now might be the best time to invest in this

 

1. Right now what is the state of play for businesses….

As of the 29th of March in the UK all venues were only allowed to offer a takeaway service, thankfully that has now changed. As of today, 12th April 2021, hospitality venues (Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, and Pubs), can serve an ‘Al-fresco dining experience if they have the space to do so.

 

 What will this mean for businesses?

Having looked at several sources, there seems to be the potential for more than 41,000 venues to open their outdoor spaces to consumers, offering a much-needed boost for the economy and the hospitality industry in general.

There are a number of things to consider…

 

2. Outdoor dining

Restaurants, and hospitality venues in general, looking to maximise outdoor bar, patio and lounge spaces, could also seek creative ways to make use of street fronts, car parks, gardens and terraces.

Only two in five licenced premises have permanent space to trade outside according to data analysts CGA and advisory firm AlixPartners. This does differ by location and type of business – for example, more than 80% of pubs have beer gardens, whilst for casual dining restaurants it’s only 12% that have outdoor spaces.

In larger cities like Birmingham, Manchester and London, they are preparing temporary road closures and pavement widening to help with this.

This same study also found that the numbers reopening may not be as high as we might expect due to limitations on space and the costs of equipment and staffing.

Should this be a stopper?

Demand for those establishments that are reopening however seems high due to pent up demand. Creating an outdoor environment people want to spend time in and that reflects a business is important.

The current UK government guidelines for outdoor dining state that…

– 2m between groups/tables/people
– Screens can be used
– Fixed booth seating less than 1m+ apart plus additional screen making the back 1.8m
– Shelters can be erected – 50% of walls open whilst in use as ventilation

Space planning will be key…

Large volumes or groups of businesses that are open in close proximity are advised to consider the cumulative impact of visitors. It is suggested that steps could be taken to regulate the capacity and staggering entry times to avoid build up on the street.

– Arrange one-way routes.
– Reconfigure seating to maintain social distancing.
– Reservation systems, looking at 3rd party apps or even a booking system on a website.

 

3. Branding

For branding, a lot of what should have been utilised at the start of lockdown will remain an essential piece of a brand strategy for businesses to operate effectively throughout the COVID-19 roadmap.

We have already covered a lot of this in our earlier podcasts, and if you are a business owner who has done nothing with your brand during the previous lockdowns, you might be too late. Your competition, if they have been brand-focused, may have an advantage.

However, there are focus point that should be looked at regardless.

 

Customer service and customer sentiment and behaviour.

As we start engaging with hospitality environments, and with their staff, consumers may expect a certain level of service reminiscent of what it was like before COVID, and their sentiments and behaviour towards a business will offer valuable insight.

Listen, now more than ever to what consumers are saying and how they feel. Keep an ear to the ground, and it will provide you with the best insight into how to adapt your offering to meet customer demand, monitoring the changes in concerns or sentiment.

What are hospitality staff going to be like after months of not serving?
Training will be essential, not only to implement a strict Covid policy but to keep the brand engagement on point.

Strict hygiene and social distancing for the short to medium term will be essential. This has a tendency to strip away the warmth of human contact, and the businesses that bounce back will inject warmth and friendliness into the experience.

 

Ramp up Digital delivery if you’ve not done it already

Your customers want to know what steps you are taking as a business to look after them, so plan for this demand. They may also like to know how your staff and the wider community are being treated, as this helps them feel safe.

Update the website, make sure it can handle the demand whilst business comes back online, and put in place a robust way to make bookings online. This will also go a long way in the business efforts for track and trace, helping to meet those government guidelines.

Put a COVID Policy in place that outlines your efforts as a business, and not only display that at the venue but make it prominent on your website.

Drive traffic to your website via social media, and create great content that focuses on the positives that are coming from being able to operate in a normal(ish) capacity once again.

Marketing

Reviews will be the ultimate cherry on the icing, indicating that the business is still providing a quality service. Have in place a process that easily puts the option to leave a review directly in front of a customer. If they book online, then send a follow-up SMS or email to get that feedback. This will also help with ranking signals on Google helping a website with SEO and search visibility.

Offer incentives during the early stages to generate interest that will drive traffic to your venue. Discounts can work well, especially when trying to fill those quiet periods.

 

4. Investing in your interior

The next step in the UK Roadmap (17th May) states that there may be the potential for Hospitality businesses to reopen their interiors, whilst still keeping all distancing measure in place from step 2. There may also be a 30 person limit in outdoor spaces.

So now might be a good opportunity to invest in the interior.

Deep clean, spruce up or re-design?

Some businesses may have taken advantage of government-backed schemes, which will provide an opportunity to invest some money back into the business and create a better interior and digital presence, rather than on staff. It may mean that the business will have a better chance of recouping the cost later as it will have a better presence on the high street and online. The staffing costs can then be covered later as the business following starts to grow off the back of the interior investment and business increases.

For many, there have been little or no shutdown costs, but there may also be a lack of surplus money to afford any sort of investment. This could mean that the best way to update the interior might be to do it yourself and get involved with the painting.

It may also be an opportunity to look at the business model, and switch it to something like the ‘and’ model. We have seen a rise in ‘Coffee-and’ models consistently over the past couple of years, and that may be a viable option. This could be key in the regeneration of a business.

 


 

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Episode 7: 4 key points a hospitality business should consider as COVID restrictions are eased.

Uk Lockdown restrictions are starting to ease and in Episode 7 of “Because Things Can Be Different” Cameron Fry and Mike Page discuss the 4 key points that any Hospitality business should consider, now that outdoor dining has been given the go-ahead.

They cover the Steps in the Roadmap and what it means to hospitality businesses, the reopening of outdoor dining and what to consider, the brand and what to focus on, and if now is a good time to invest back into the interior.

Embrace the ‘Al Fresco’ dining experience.

 

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The future of office design (hybrid working).

THE OFFICE ISN’T DEAD: THE LIQUI VIEW ON THE FUTURE OF OFFICE DESIGN

Introduction

What is in store for the future of office design?

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, 2020 witnessed a dramatic shift in where and how we work. For many, working from home became a requirement, one that necessitated change in the home environment. People without a dedicated office space cammandeered their dining tables, kitchen worktops, sofas and bedrooms, creating makeshift places of work. Official UK figures show that homeworking rose from 5.7% of people working at home in January/February 2020, to 43.1% in April 2020, following the introduction of the first lockdown (Felstead & Reuschke, 2020).

Homeworking 

With a large-scale move to working from home, the very existence of the office as the default place of work has been called into question. In Liqui’s opinion, the office as an entity is not dead, however, it is reasonable to assume that a degree of homeworking is here to stay. Prior to the pandemic, there was already a gradual development in part-time working from home, a result of the increasing availability of tools that enable remote working, anytime and anywhere. The pandemic then acted as an accelerant, forcing a greater number of people to work in their place of residence. As many employees adapt to this new way of operating, a full-time return to the ‘9 to 5’ office will doubtless be unacceptable to some.

Since the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic, the world of work has been in turmoil. In the UK, the issue of homeworking has become something of a national discourse. Asked the question, ‘is remote working overhyped?’ Robin Dunbar, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, offered three reasons on why it is: ‘First, the work place is a social environment and business in any form is a social phenomenon; Second… for young new graduates moving to an unfamiliar city on their first job… work is the only place they can find friends and arrange social events; Third, the digital world of Zoom and Skype is no substitute for face-to-face meetings… people find the virtual environment awkward… there is a very strict limit on the size of natural conversations at four people’ (BBC Worklife).

Hybrid Working

At Liqui, we understand that working from home has its advantages, including feeling trusted by an employer, having flexibility, and greater autonomy. In spite of the possible downsides, such as a degree of boredom and loneliness, many people will doubtless choose to work from home if that choice is available. At the same time, we believe that homeworking does not surpass the office and its role as a place of work. Consequently, it is likely that we will see (and are seeing) the development of a hybrid model: a mix of working from home and at a company’s office. The very act of having employees under one roof is important for several reasons, including: maintaining a company’s culture, feeling a part of something bigger, sparking creativity, and fostering collaboration. Humans are social beings. Covid-19 has had a detrimental effect on the way in which we interact and communicate. The sudden growth in homeworking has taken a toll on mental health. People have reported that they are less able to concentrate, have greater difficulties in enjoying daily activities, feel constantly under strain, and are unhappy or depressed (Felstead & Reuschke, 2020).

We must think about the ways in which the office can adapt in order to maintain collaboration and exchanges with and between colleagues. Moreover, it is important to remember the value of those serendipitous and spontaneous encounters. While there is the need to maintain a physical distance (at least in the short-term), office design should continue to foster a sense of belonging. In many cases, the office is the embodiment of a company, and the place where employees come together. It provides a physical and psychological boundary between work and home life.

The future of workplace design

For Liqui, there are two key areas of focus in the future of workplace design: flexible working and wellness. Any changes will most likely be modest in scale—an evolution of what has already taken place in offices during the last decade.

Flexible working

With a flexible working arrangement, the employee might perform any focused work at home, and use the office for collective projects and meetings. Therefore, the office will become more of a collaborative hub, with employees no longer tethered to their desks. Hot-desking will find a renewed impetus, and employees will reserve a desk by using an app-based system—deep cleaning of desks and chairs, at least in the short-term, will be essential. Employees will have personal, movable storage pedestals for their belongings. The office will include a range of casual spaces that enhance creativity and cross-departmental collaboration. Smaller spaces will be used for videoconferencing and as audio privacy rooms.

It is important to address any feeling of impermanence in the flexible office space, offering employees security and warmth. At Liqui, we very much embrace the idea of the ‘coffice’, a portmanteau word combining coffee and office. Essentially, there are three types of spaces: home, work, and a third space. This third space is usually a coffee shop, a place in which to drink coffee and work. With technology, we have seen an increase in people choosing to work from a coffee shop. As a consequence, the line between the office and third space is becoming increasingly blurred. We believe this should be embraced. Instead of the sterile and rigid office of old, a flexible office will have more of a coffee shop feel. This will place an emphasis on employee well-being, on collaborative working, productivity, and staff retention.

Wellness

To an increasing extent, we live in an informed society. We are alert to the things that can affect our health and well-being. More and more, employees expect to find—and employers are keen to offer—choice and flexibility in their place of work, with a focus on wellness. Covid has exacerbated mental health concerns, increasing anxiety for many of us. Owing to a range of factors (including a predisposition to obsessive-compulsive behaviours, painful life experiences, and unemployment or loss of income), long-term mental health issues connected to Covid-19 are likely to include: obsessive-compulsive disorder, general anxiety, loneliness, stress, and depression (Savage, 2020). Employers cannot overlook these issues, and workplace designers must ensure they are embraced as part of any office design.

Our physical environment has a significant impact on our mental health and well-being. In the case of work, office design must place wellness at its core. Flexibility is key and can be delivered with a choice of work-based settings, from the home to the ‘coffice’. What’s more, the inclusion of well-designed furniture, acoustics, and lighting, and the addition of greenery, will help bolster employee well-being.

In conclusion

For Liqui, the future of workplace design is about stressing the importance of flexible working, wellness, and the office as a collaborative hub. We know the office is not dead. In fact, we believe the office will be more alive than ever, and its design much more human-centred.

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More Information

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References

BBC Worklife. (2020). ‘Coronavirus: How the world of work may change forever.’ [online] Available at: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20201023-coronavirus-how-will-the-pandemic-change-the-way-we-work

Felstead, A and Reuschke, D (2020). ‘Homeworking in the UK: before and during the 2020 lockdown’, WISERD Report, Cardiff: Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research. [online] Available at: https://wiserd.ac.uk/publications/homeworking-uk-and-during-2020-lockdown

Savage, M (2020). ‘Coronavirus: The possible long-term mental health impacts.’ [online] Available at: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20201021-coronavirus-the-possible-long-term-mental-health-impacts

Liqui goes ‘back to basics’ for Brew92.

LIQUI COMPLETES ITS FOURTH SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOP FOR BREW92.

Liqui Contracts has completed its fourth specialty coffee shop interior for Brew92, a Saudi Arabian-based speciality cafe and roastery. The second coffee shop interior located in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, the Palazzo is a coffee shop design of two halves – with one half of the walls, floors and ceiling being finished in black and the other in natural coloured wood. The design ties in with Brew92’s latest ‘Back To Basics’ approach which puts their specialty coffee at the heart of everything. The style aesthetic was followed through in the cafe interior with a long coffee bar design, making the ground floor of this two-storey coffee shop ideal for socialising around the coffee counter.

In keeping with Brew92’s other flagship coffee stores, Liqui has used its own furniture and lighting throughout this cafe interior—all pieces were designed and manufactured in Britain, using sustainable materials and combining traditional craftsmanship with modern innovation.

The coffee shop furniture used includes Milne Chairs and Studio Coffee Tables paired with the classic Work Lamps hanging above. These, along with other Liqui designed furniture, such as the new Shaw Shelves are all finished in a ‘black on black’ colourway which fits with the overall interior design.

In addition, black Splice lights are suspended over the bar and across the ceiling creating a feature bespoke installation cascading down the stairwell. This leads visitors to explore the upstairs, where there is a more relaxed seating area using the Studio Easy Chairs in black leather with black frames as well as all black Fraser Sofas.

Brew92 coffee shops are in the vanguard of Saudi Arabia’s growing, modern coffee scene—one that provides an alternative to the traditional Arabic coffee culture. They are part of an increasingly visible third wave coffee movement, appealing to millennials and coffee connoisseurs alike. Liqui Group has forged a unique partnership with Brew92 and is extremely happy about its part in creating this new coffee revolution within Saudi Arabia.

For more information, please see the article on Archiproducts.

Hospitality Design goes live with Cameron Fry.

HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE IS THE PREMIER TRADE OUTLET AND VOICE FOR THE HOSPITALITY DESIGN INDUSTRY.

Editor in Chief of Hospitality Design Magazine, Stacy Shoemaker Rauen catches up with Cameron Fry, founder of full service design industry, Liqui Group, about creating holistic experiences, thinking different and the importance of giving more than you receive.

Watch the full interview here.

The future of office design in a COVID era – BTCBD Podcast – Episode 5.

What does the future hold for Office design during COVID?

 

‘Because Things Can Be Different’ with Liqui Group – A podcast show that discusses all things business and design.

Join our hosts from Liqui Group Ltd, as they discuss the world of Branding, Interior Design, and Business, providing listeners with some all-important insight into these powerful business essentials.

Episode 5: The future of Office design in a COVID era.

2021 has arrived, and so has the 5th episode of “Because Things Can Be Different”.

In this episode, Liqui Group Creative Director Cameron Fry and Design Manager Oliver Underwood, discuss the future of Office design and offer some insight into what to consider during this COVID era.  They cover what has changed since the pandemic started, and how the office space, in general, is still here and evolving, looking at what to consider when starting, or returning, to an office-based business. 

Long live the office, oh how we miss it!

 

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Cameron Fry is selected as a jury panellist for Frame Magazine January 2021.

FRAME MAGAZINE IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING SPATIAL DESIGN MEDIA BRAND NETWORK.

New year, New month, New jury. We’re excited to announce that Cameron Fry our founder and creative director, has been selected as one of the judges for the prestigious Frame Awards taking place in January. Frame magazine is a big part of the design community and we’re really excited that Cameron will be involved. ‘I am delighted to have been selected by Frame Magazine as part of the Frame Awards judging panel for January 2021. I look forward to reviewing and commenting on projects submitted during this month’ adds Cameron.

 

 

Which tips and trends will influence my coffee shop interior? – BTCBD Podcast – Episode 4.

So, you have your Coffee Shop premises, but what next?

 

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Episode 4: Which Tips and Trends will influence my Coffee Shop interior?

A Global Coffee Festival Four-part Special 

In the fourth part of the Global Coffee Festival special, ‘Because Things Can Be Different’ podcast hosts Cameron Fry and Oliver Underwood, discuss the important Tips and Trends that may influence the design of your Coffee Shop interior. This episode focuses on what’s happened in the past, what the current customer expectations are, and the future trends that could go a long way to creating the all-important engaging Coffee Shop brand experience.

Covid shouldn’t stop you!

 

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What should I consider before starting my coffee shop business? – BTCBD Podcast – Episode 3.

There’s so much to look at when starting a Coffee Shop Business, what are the top points to consider?

 

‘Because Things Can Be Different’ with Liqui Group – A podcast show that discusses all things business and design.

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Episode 3: What should I consider before starting my Coffee Shop business?

A Global Coffee Festival Four-part Special 

Cameron Fry (Creative Director) and Oliver Underwood (Liqui Group Design Manager), discuss three key areas that should be the foundations or the bricks and mortar to the process of starting a coffee shop business. – Location, Property and Budget.

Cameron and Oliver describe the pitfalls that may arise in these areas, but also what to look for when making the all-important decisions that will become the foundation for a successful coffee shop business. 

 

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