From a design perspective ‘no one size fits all’ and at designfolk they recognise the benefits of approaching projects holistically as opposed to each design discipline involved, looking at the project in isolation. Their commitment to establishing a multi-disciplinary design company that offers interior architecture, project management, brand strategy and graphic design has always been at the forefront of the company’s attention.
Combining the in-house knowledge, a unique skill set and the belief that the success of a project is decided at the briefing stage, they continue to break boundaries in their methods used, for client satisfaction. Designfolk chooses to work closely with their clients from the initial inception stage (of a project) to ensure that they have an extremely focused and comprehensive understanding of their client’s requirements, their visions and their personal brand DNA.
Designfolk was created in 2013 by Carol O’Grady and Louis Fowler and they continue to be an influential driving force within their company today. Between them they have worked internationally and locally, they are multi-award winning and they have over 40 years’ experience across all sectors of the design industry. Working with trusted and reliable partners they guarantee their clients a calm and seamless experience in making their design dream into an exciting reality. Designfolk works flexibly to their client’s individual needs, budget and projected timeframe.
“Our strength derives from the people that we work with here at designfolk” Company Founder, Louis Fowler said, “We have developed an exceptional team of talented individuals and hope to grow that talent over the coming years whilst continuing to provide a high level of service to our clients.”
Designfolk endeavours to continually develop and improve their knowledge paying attention to global changes and the impact it has on the industry. Peripheral influences and technology continues to impact the way they look at things, the way they work, the way they live and what they do for their client’s in between. It is then for designfolk to advise in how they create and construct these spaces to support their client’s needs. These continual challenges effect their capability to design every day and they endeavour to approach what they do in a responsible technique taking the environmental impact and consumption into account.
Designfolk has a wide range of projects currently in the studio at different stages of development. Some are residential including a 3,500sqft conversion of a previous synagogue/commercial office space into a new home for one of their clients. They will be going to site shortly with an 8,500sqft fit out for a new bar and restaurant in stunning Dun Laoghaire. Designfolk has numerous commercial workplace fit outs of various sizes in Ireland, the UK and the US. They are providing website design for a new company that will be launching soon and they are involved in several different retail projects along with brand identity development for many clients. Louis Fowler said, “The array of projects keeps our days interesting and challenging.”
One project recently completed took place at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, involving creating a new 2,650m2 working environment for 400 of the company’s staff with enhanced facilities to support them. Taking the brief, this translated into an open plan combined working environment supported with a suite of formal and informal meeting spaces in a variety of diverse formations created to reflect Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s needs. Further provisions and amenities were provided with breakout areas, collaborative settings, focus rooms and shared entrance/meeting lounge. The general aesthetic is modern and professional, reflecting Hewlett Packard Enterprise while maximising reasonable access to natural light with reflections connecting the space, the people and the external environment.
Designfolk were appointed as the interior architects and graphic designers for the project, delivering a joined up holistic approach to the project design. The project was incredibly, delivered within 14 weeks over three phases.
The team working on the project were…
- Project Design Team.
- Interior architect- designfolk
- Graphic designer- designfolk
- Mechanical and electrical services- CSD
- Project management- ISS
- Project Delivery Team.
- Main contractor- IIS Ltd
- Electrical contractor- Mercury Electrical
- Mechanical contractor- H.A O’Neill
- Sprinkler contractor- Mercury Sprinkler
- Bespoke joinery contractor- Glennwood
- AV specialist- I Com
- Furniture- OBOS
- Workstations- Kinnarps
- Graphic supplier- Signbase
- Planting supplier- Plant store
Each project designfolk works on is individual, it adopts its own personality and identity. Louis said, “Some projects are like children, they can be difficult at times but you still need to love them equally!” They don’t subscribe to the idea of a “defining project” or opt for “favourites” as each specific venture gives them the tools to do what they love and have lots of fun while doing it.
Designfolk aspires to continue to develop the practice as an integrated, design focused and client centric studio creating exceptional interior architectural and graphic solutions to their clients. Maximising their commitment to their clients and their ability to create imaginative spaces has successfully become a recipe for an award-winning design solution business. Designfolk is a young, motivated and enthusiastic studio who are wholeheartedly passionate about what they do, their mission is to add value to their client’s brands and environments through innovative and effective design solutions
The future is indeed bright for designfolk; Folks!
Level 3, 8 Crow St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Tel: 01 430 9549