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The brief

Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods and a portfolio which includes some of the world’s best known and most loved brands like Flora, Wall’s, Dove, Lynx, Persil, Domestos and Marmite, appointed KI to provide office storage solutions for their newly refurbished London Headquarters.

Our solution

500 of KI’s 3 drawer, 1079mm high, 800 Series lateral storage systems, in Oyster White, have been installed throughout to define the areas and corridors, all with A4 suspension and foolscap binder filing. The storage has 10mm low iron, satin etched, toughened glass tops and provide somewhere informal to discuss matters with colleagues.

KI’s 800 Series tailor made, lockable recycling units are used in each department, with either 2 drawer printer cabinets or 1 drawer printer cabinets, to provide secure storage of confidential documents awaiting shredding and disposal. The units keep the offices clean and tidy, which supports the employees’ ‘clean desk policy,’ and are configured to allow for easy bin or bag removal. There are screens on the sides of the cabinet so that the printer doesn’t rise above the datum.

800 Series Lockers with 4 individually lockable compartments are located near the workstations of the staff and integrated with the open plan office. These are also in Oyster White with matching glass tops and are the same height as the other KI 700 Series storage units.

KI’s 800 Series lateral filing & storage cabinets and bookcases are compatible with all finishes and furnishings, reconfigure easily and promote user control. KI offer pre-figured or tailored solutions for any office storage situation.

KI provided a unified storage solution that worked in harmony with the office workstation layout. The layouts of the workstations and storage are dictated by the module of the building structure, the sweeping curve of the elevation, as well as individual department requirements. A horizontal datum is maintained throughout with the height of the storage and workstation screens. The palette of the interior is predominately warm and more residential in feel and we selected the KI storage in Oyster White, RAL 1013, to complement this.

Etain Fitzpatrick of KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects)
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