Welcome to Brunner UK. Our showroom is located in the heart of Clerkenwell and is a fabulous facility for partners and visitors to come and browse our latest collections.
The workplace has evolved, diversified and adapted more dramatically in the past two years than ever before in history. Brunner are fortunate enough to engage with some of London’s, and the world’s, most progressive and dynamic design practices spearheading and embracing this evolution. New ways of meeting, interacting, collaborating and working have influenced not only space, but the importance of furniture within a space, and the atmosphere it creates to engage the workforce unlike ever before.
After a 16 week renovation, Brunner’s flagship London showroom unveils its newly transformed lower ground floor. The brief was to provide a space which offered a sophisticated hotel-come-restaurant ambience, whilst celebrating and retaining the structure, features and character of the original building.
Upon entering the Lower Ground floor, visitors are immediately welcomed by the new bar: Designed in conjunction with InterBar, the honed Fior Di Bosco marble from Superior Stone combined with dark fluted timber cabinetry and brass trim, offers a warm and tactile setting for refreshments. Complimented by the fluted concrete walls from Armourcoat at the foot of the staircase, and recessed with black and white imagery from the building under construction, visitors are reminded of the dramatic scale of the three floor showroom.
The space is illuminated by a combination of Flos suspended track lighting and two centrally positioned circular brass chandeliers from Atrium; anchoring the central ‘conversation pit’ style sofa setting. Decorative floor lamps, wall and pendant lights from Brokis offer an understated and tasteful elegance to the overall space.
The now exposed services ceiling provides a consistent ceiling height and additional volume, while acknowledging the industrial nature of the once Victorian warehouse. Oversized Hawvoods oak chevron flooring is dispersed intermittently with luxurious, plush, high pile rugs from Crest. The fabric panels from Soft Cell, crittal glazed panels and curtains provide contrasting textures to the sand blasted brick. Forming the base pallet of finishes from these premium materials further contributes and emphasises the hospitality style environment.
Reinstating the five vaults from the original Victorian building provide perfect vignettes to display the new ways of working: Flexible, Video Conferencing, Informal and Client Dining occupy intimate settings, while the fifth vault offers a Designers Resource Library, with a comprehensive array of carefully curated finishes from the likes of Kvadrat, IGP and Brokis.
Across the space, desaturated tonal colours and texture have been used to clearly distinguish one setting to the next. Planting from Vantage Space, playful accessories and even a bespoke fragrance have been prudently, yet deliberately included to contribute to the overall hospitality ambience that plays on the senses. The hidden UHD 4K projector screen offers a practical yet discreet presentation opportunity for visitors and partners alike. It is the amalgamation of all these elements that encapsulates the Brunner aesthetic in a contemporary way, while simultaneously providing a timeless space in which to showcase latest product developments.
As a space to not only display furniture, but also host industry events, client receptions, training and hospitality functions, Brunner are excited to welcome their valued Dealer Partner, Designer and client network to the latest update to the Rosebery Avenue showroom.
62-68 Rosebery Avenue was built in 1896 by architect Frank Job Chambers. In 1911, the ground floor was converted into a 355 seater cinema; The Avenue Picture Palace. Located in an area known then as Little Italy, this was sadly to close soon after the beginning of World War 1 in 1914.
The cinema shared the building with The Munich Gerner Brewery in the lower ground floor, and a handful of printing related businesses on the upper floors. How nice it must been for the workers in the building at the time to have ‘popped down’ to enjoy a film and a few beers.
More than 100 years later, this classic but tired Victorian warehouse style building has had new life breathed into it. Now home to Brunner UK’ s stunning London showroom, architects
McDowell + Benedetti have skilfully converted this into a light, airy and gallery like space while preserving much of its original industrial character.