Blends for Friends – Barn Fit Out, Kent
Based in Kemsing, Kent, Blends for Friends supplies custom made tea recipes and packaging to a range of clients. Having previously been running across two sites, the company owner wanted to bring the team together in one space: a two storey barn in the local countryside.
To turn the barn into a functioning workplace, Rap were commissioned to design and fit out a number of spaces. These included a tea blending room, café, breakout area, two offices and a conference room.
The tea blending room posed an interesting challenge for Rap’s designers due to its unique design requirements. For example, Rap created a number of bespoke features, including an ingredient display wall and a presenting table for tasting events. The table would also include a custom foldable flap to allow the director to stand and speak to visiting groups.
For the café and breakout space, Rap introduced more bespoke features and office furniture solutions. These included a striking copper serving counter, Wagamama style benches and tea-chest stools. The office space was also fully furnished and configured in an open plan layout to facilitate free-flowing communication.
Every so often unique projects like this pop up, giving Rap’s designers new challenges that test their creativity. The Blends barn is more than a workplace – it is a spectacle, which is why it is included on our highlights of 2017.