Fran Hickman’s interior and architectural design studio was founded in 2014. It is driven by a profound belief in the capacity of good design to shape how people behave. The studio’s work is underpinned by a clear understanding of the critical role that built environments play in daily life. Across the breadth of possible interior and architectural design commissions – from high-end commercial and office space through food and beverage to private homes – what ties all Fran’s work together is the relationship between people and space. In this article, we will talk about the high-end abstract contract designs from Fran Hickman!
With a base in London and an office in NYC, the studio is engaged in projects across three continents, while its lead-agency expertise is supported by an international network of partner agencies. Operating at a global level obliges the studio to offset its carbon consumption completely and consider the long term impacts of its creative choices. Fran Hickman reduces, reuses and recycles all its materials in-house and is continuously updating its knowledge in relation to sustainability and the built environment. At the heart of all good design lies great story-telling. In collaboration with the studio, clients are encouraged to play a central role in authoring their own design. Starting with abstract concepts – grounded in the client’s history and objectives – client and studio uncover a specific design story. The studio’s task is then to transform the abstract into the material not with decoration, but through design.
Tailoring the way a client lives or works to the specifics of their history, locale and architecture, Fran Hickman creates singular designs from the language of existing environments. These are then made manifest with a charm, grace and savoir-faire simultaneously deliberate, considered and consciously related. Precision, harmony and poise are the order of the day – proportion, scale, light – all deployed with the simple objective of making the built environment better; thus enhancing mood, behaviour and even relationships. In collaboration with the studio, clients discover how to make life and work more productive, more playful, calmer, happier, even healthier. Everything – from shape to material to finish – is chosen for a reason and all of it comes back to the story.
Fran Hickman – Vinyl Factory, Soho
In a former NCP car park, just off Carnaby Street, in the heart of Soho, Fran Hickman was asked by the Vinyl Factory to design and construct three loft apartments. This substantial remodelling (8,500 sq ft) required a design to anticipate the needs of future residents.
Sympathetically modernised spaces, suitable for work, reflection and play, now retain their original architectural features. Meanwhile, the building’s fabric is echoed in an idiosyncratic mix of furnishings found anywhere and everywhere – from flea markets to high-end suppliers of modern, classic design.
Carving cool darkness out of the existing concrete structure, a bespoke copper reception desk expresses primitive raw purity, while moveable blocks of granite, stainless steel and oak proffer refreshments from the kitchen. The palette and materials are all elemental in nature, bringing a subtle, tactile sensuality to the interiors, akin to that heightened state of desert being.
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