In spring 2009, Technicolor Creative Services opened a new seven-story facility in the heart of London’s Soho to further expand its broadcast and post-production services. The building includes three theatrical grading suites, four telecine suites (three Spirits and a Northlight) and several online and offline editing suites.
Technicolor commissioned London-based technical furniture specialists, AKA Design, with whom Technicolor had worked with for more than 10 years, to design and install the reception desk (pictured) and furniture for the various technical suites including Grading, Spirit, IQ and a digital cinema theater.
Simon Wilkinson, Technicolor’s MD, wanted to achieve a modernist interior using clean lines and natural finishes, and worked with AKA on the design process for the various desks. The interior was designed by Cow Limited, an architectural design consultancy and project management company based in Brighton, UK, that has specialized in providing its services to the post-production facilities industry since 1999. AKA worked closely with Cow’s design team to establish a design aesthetic that sat comfortably with the interior and furniture, marrying the two to give not only a stylish but ultimately functional working environment.
“We have collaborated with AKA for furniture design on numerous projects.” says Robert Holder of Cow Limited. “Knowing that AKA has fantastic technical product knowledge, design skills and manufacturing capabilities I sought their input as I knew they would understand his aesthetic requirements and deliver a great and functional product.”
AKA managing director Guy Wilson adds: ”Over the last 10 years doing the technical furniture for Technicolor has always pushed our design, both technologically and for the operator, to create a modern and stylish grading environment.”
AKA reports that it has since undertaken a project to install two grading suites at Technicolor’s brand new facility at Pinewood.