Colourful London office imagined as a post-pandemic workspace

London consultancy Zetteler unveils new post-pandemic offices by Studio Rhonda, a colourful, vegan space designed for connection 

Zetteler office in London designed by Studio Rhonda
(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

As a result of the pandemic, London-based communications consultant Sabine Zetteler worked with local interior designer Rhonda Drakeford of Studio Rhonda to reimagine her office space in Hackney, east London. 

‘We spend a lot of time thinking and writing about the future of the workspace,’ says Zetteler. ‘Emerging from lockdown, we realised that the old nine-to-five office model wasn’t really fit for purpose anymore, so we set out to create something new and more relevant to the flexible working model we have embraced in the wake of Covid.’

Zetteler office by Studio Rhonda

wooden kitchen by Holte in Zetteler office, London

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

The new office is a radical and colourful redesign of the industrial, 1,000 sq ft space, divided into three zones, each defined by a distinctive aesthetic and functionality. In the main workspace, a wooden table by Max Lamb for Hem takes centre stage with Herman Miller office chairs, and the room doubles as a library, with a wall-to-wall bookcase hidden behind a discreet, light blue curtain. 

At the rear is a café-style breakout area, furnished with sofas and smaller tables, and a wooden kitchen by Hølte (a client of Zetteler whose studio is also in the building). In between is a striking meeting room, purpose-built within the open space with translucent glass bricks and blue walls. Colour helps distinguish each area, from the duck-egg blue of the workspace to the warm tones of the lounge area, with colourful furniture complementing each composition. 

Meeting room with glass brick walls

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

As part of the brief was the need for the office to be vegan, while at the same time a deaf-friendly environment (as Sabine Zetteler has severe conductive hearing loss, a traditional open space layout and certain hard materials would have made the office an impractical space to work). Working together, Drakeford and Zetteler devised partitions in alternative acoustic materials that fulfilled both needs.

Eschewing a standard approach to occupying the office, the new space was conceived to become ‘a flexible resource’ that the team can use as a space to work, hold meetings, and host events or workshops. Most importantly, Zetteler aims to make the location available to the agency’s wider community of creatives, start-ups and charities.

Living room area with sofa, table and chairs

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

corridor in the office, glass brick wall is visible on the left

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view from inside the office

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)

office interior

(Image credit: Taran Wilkhu)


Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.

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