TOG Specifies Darwin For Their Newest Work Space

London’s Victoria Station has always been a gateway to the world. In the 1930s, luxury trains would depart from Victoria Station on glamorous trips to Paris and Venice. These immaculately restored trains still operate today – and they depart right next to the main entrance to The Office Group’s Belle House.

Last year, The Office Group were designing their newest location at Victoria Station for their design-led workplace offer, consisting of drop-in work spaces, meeting rooms and individual offices. They turned to Shed, who were tasked with designing the art-deco space.

The team came up with a look and feel that draws inspiration from the Golden Age of Travel, and arrives at new Art Deco glamour – via The Grand Budapest Hotel. A contemporary spin on the 1930s with a bold and extravagant spirit.

Shed approached us to supply the flooring, and had a strong idea of what they wanted for the space from the beginning. Significant reconfiguring of the space had taken place to establish an impressive new main entrance directly off the station concourse. Ground and mezzanine floors provide linked drop-in work space, particularly suited to The Office Group’s members arriving or departing from Victoria Station.

Verity Mayne, our specification consultant who specialises in working with clients to specify flooring for the work space sector, worked with Shed to ensure that the samples presented to the client were suitable.

Shed approached us already knowing that they wanted to specify an exotic species, and wanted a herringbone that was constructed from either Morado or Tajibo. Janka hardness rating was important to The Office Group, to ensure the floor would be resistant to wear, as well as making sure the floor was sustainably sourced.

Darwin, with its tight grain and warm tone, was ultimately specified in a herringbone format, and has been paired with rich jewel-toned velvet upholstery for a warm and sophisticated space. Gold touches and geometric print wallpaper add a luxurious yet fun feel, while hexagonal marble tables complement the angular pattern of the herringbone.

Wood and marble aren’t the only natural materials used; flashes of green are found in the form of  palms throughout the space. The whole space is tied together with matt black metal, which is found in the lighting, seating and tables.

The herringbone blocks are 2-ply engineered, and the Morado is bonded to 100% birch plywood for the ultimate in stability. The blocks are smooth, and finished with super durable naked skin lacquer which allows the floor to be very hard-wearing whilst keeping its beautiful, unfinished appearance.

This floor FSC® certified, something that was important to both Shed and The Office Group.

At Studio Ted Todd, we have a team of specification consultants that specialise across all sectors, such as residential,  retail, leisure and hotels, so specifiers and designers can be sure they get the specific sector-focused help they need.

To get in touch to discuss your project with a specification consultant, or to order samples or a trade price list, call them on 01925 284 494 or email