Mat­ter boss Jonathan Smith found the Col­lege Hill prop­erty be­cause one of his ar­chi­tects, Phil Howat, had once lived there. He bought the build­ing in 2009, got per­mis­sion to re­move it three years later, and com­pleted a to­tal re­build on the same foot­print

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Smith wanted the work­ing space to be the fo­cal point, which is why it sits in the mid­dle of the of­fice. This area is made up of one long bench “mak­ing the space re­ally open for dis­cus­sion,” Smith says.

The team de­cided to turn the wall behind the bench into a gi­ant black­board so they have a space to jot down ideas or brain­storm.

Smith says it was all about en­cour­ag­ing cre­ativ­ity within the of­fice.

“No mat­ter what you have to say you can just say it and it’s all about shar­ing ideas.”

Be­cause this area is cen­tered around work, Smith de­cided to go with hang­ing lights. He says they are good for work but also, as Howat puts it, “bring a feel­ing of play to the of­fice”.

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