Aspekt Office designed the new Work & Co office in Copenhagen with a touch of Danish hygge

For its new office in Copenhagen, the global digital agency Work & Co wanted to have a local feel with a true Scandinavian spirit. Aspekt Office decorated the space using Nordic furniture classics, industrial influences and the famous Danish coziness.

Fredericia Mogensen 2213 sofa, black
Aspekt Office chose calm colors and timeless materials for the new office of Work & Co. The luxurious Mogensen 2213 sofa by Fredericia was found second-hand. The Clerici lounge chair is by Mattiazzi.

THE NEW COPENHAGEN OFFICE of the digital product agency Work & Co proves that the interior decor of a multinational technology company doesn’t necessarily mean just ultra-modern aesthetics detached from place.

With a client base including large corporations such as IKEA, Apple and Google, Work & Co already has offices in Brooklyn, Portland, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belgrade. Each of the offices, however, reflects the atmosphere and culture of their own city, and each has been designed using the expertise and insights of local designers.

 Massproductions Dandy sofa, 2-seater
Pictured are Aspekt Office’s Terkel Skou Steffensen (left) and Hans Toft Hornemann (right), with Work & Co’s Dever Thomas and Dawn Moses in the middle. The Dandy sofa is by Massproductions.
 Vitra Akari 55A pendant
According to Aspekt Office, Scandinavian architecture pays homage to natural light, and therefore it also plays a key role in Work & Co’s premises. The rice paper lamp is from Isamu Noguchi’s beloved Akari collection.
Mattiazzi Clerici lounge chair, ash
The raw concrete structures and wooden surfaces form a beautiful, dynamic material pair. Also the Clerici chairs by Konstantin Grcic are adorned with wood grain patterns.

The sixth and newest office is located in central Copenhagen, in a historical house built in 1916. For the new premises, Work & Co hoped for a fresh interpretation of Scandinavian aesthetics and expressions, and that is why the Danish design agency Aspekt Office was chosen to implement the project.

“Having a space that we can look forward to coming to and be inspired by is so important to do our best work.”

“Working in digital, we often take inspiration from other forms of design — architecture, identity, print. That’s why having a space that we can look forward to coming to and be inspired by is so important to do our best work. Aspekt’s background in both interior and industrial design also meant that we could do something very tailored to our needs and to the space. We knew Aspekt would care about the details on the pieces we use everyday just as much as we do,” says Dever Thomas, a partner at Work & Co.

Artek Aalto stool 60, lacquered white
The extremely versatile Aalto stool 60 makes an excellent piece for office use.
HAY Nelson Saucer Bubble pendant, M
The heart of the kitchen is the six-meter-long dining table designed by Aspekt Office. George Nelson’s Saucer Bubble lamps are manufactured by HAY.
Skagerak Nordic serving tray
The kitchen was produced in collaboration with the Danish kitchen manufacturer Reform, known for its clean and contemporary style. The Nordic tray is by Skagerak.
Artek Aalto high chair K65, white
Artek’s white Aalto K65 chairs were chosen to accompany the kitchen’s bar table.

Light, softness and concrete

Founded in 2018 by Hans Toft Hornemann and Terkel Skou Steffensen, Aspekt Office has become known for its experimental and holistic approach to interior design as well as furniture and product design. In the Work & Co project, Aspekt’s goal was to create a relaxed and light-filled interior with space for coziness and hygge, one of the very basic elements of Danish culture.

“We aimed to create a harmonious feel that’s more like a home than a workplace.”

“For Work & Co’s newest office we aimed to design a highly functional space, but introduced softer elements and carefully selected individual furniture pieces to create a harmonious feel that’s more like a home than a workplace, true to the Danish way of living, which celebrates warm and cozy surroundings,” Hornemann and Steffensen say.

When stepping inside the office, one is greeted by warm light pouring in from the windows and a color palette consisting mainly of neutral tones and natural oak. In contrast to the soft colors, raw concrete beams and air-conditioning pipes have been left exposed, complementing the space with industrial vibes and influences of Brutalist architecture.

  Vitra Standard chair, black - oak
The strong silhouettes of Jean Prouvé’s Standard chairs pair beautifully with the sturdy meeting room table. Wästberg’s W151 pendant light balances the setting.
HAY PC Portable table lamp, cream white
The rechargeable PC Portable lamp was designed by Pierre Charpin for HAY, and the bookcase is by Aspekt Office.
 Vitra Physix Studio task chair, TrioKnit 06
Copenhagen is the sixth office location for Work & Co – the other offices are located in the US, Brazil and Serbia. The Physix Studio chairs are by Vitra.
Artek Aalto stool 60, white laminate
The office consists of large communal spaces as well as more peaceful corners. The sound-proof phone booth has a wall lamp from Wästberg’s Pastille collection and a Stool 60 from Artek.

As for the furniture, Aspekt chose clear and simple pieces that add to the serene atmosphere, including classic and contemporary items from collections of Artek, Vitra, Mattiazzi, Fredericia and Nikari. The soundproof phone booth, six-meter-long kitchen table, wall-to-wall bookcases and all fixed inventory were designed by Aspekt Office and manufactured by Million CPH.

The premises also include an oval-shaped meeting room, an own library and a spacious kitchen perfectly suited for larger gatherings and soirées. The transparent interior walls increase the feeling of spaciousness and sense of community, but also allow retreating to peace and quiet when needed.

Get inspired

Artek
Stool 60
HAY
Nelson Saucer Bubble
Vitra
Standard chair
HAY
PC Portable lamp
Artek
K65 high chair
Vitra
Akari pendant
Mattiazzi
Clerici lounge chair
Fredericia
Mogensen 2213 sofa

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Text: Nora Uotila Images: Rasmus Dengsø

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