Behind the Scenes: Disegno’s New Office


30 June 2016

Last night, Disegno and our sister magazine Jocks & Nerds hosted a joint office warming for the new Tack Press headquarters in Haggerston, east London.

Tack Press is the publisher behind both Disegno and Jocks & Nerds. Although Disegno moved into the new space in January, it has only recently been completed thanks to generous support from Humanscale, Modus, Bisley, Arper, Dinesen and Wästberg.

The new space is four times larger than Disegno’s previous office, with the increased room allowing for a more flexible working environment that is split across two floors.

Tack Press worked closely with designer Felix de Pass on the design of the office to help optimise the space to fit the needs of the two magazines, as well as those of Tack Studio, the company’s dedicated creative agency.

The ground floor is a break-out area for meetings, brainstorming session. It also houses an extensive library of architecture, fashion and design titles.

The centre-piece of the space is a 5m-long table designed by De Pass and built by Robert Culverhouse using Dinesen HeartOak. The table was originally created for the previous Tack Press office, but has now found a new home in the current space.

The pendant lamps suspended above the table were designed by Inga Sempé for Wästberg. The lamps – which were executed in red, pink, yellow, grey, green and black – serve as delicate colour accents for the oak table. The grey chairs, in injection-moulded plastic, were designed by James Irvine for Arper.

The first floor of the studio is a space for individual work. Here, Edge tables designed by Pearson Lloyd for British manufacturer Modus form the basis of the workspaces, while De Pass specified the Diffrient World task chairs by Niels Diffrient for Humanscale as seating.

De Pass created a bright and open space without any wall storage. Instead, all of the desks have individual pedestal storage from Bisley. A low sideboard, also from Bisley, runs alongside one of the walls.

Wall-mounted mood lighting is dispersed throughout the new office and comes from Urban Cottage Industries, who provided a simple design in ceramic and glass that sets off the form of the lightbulb housed within.

The division across two floors, which allows day-to-day work to be separated from brainstorming sessions, has bolstered creativity across both magazines - something evidenced by the recent successful redesigns of Jocks & Nerds and Disegno.

Tack Press’ new space is a culmination of the growth of Disegno and Jocks & Nerds, both of which celebrate their fifth anniversaries this year. We are immensely grateful for the support of all our collaborators who have made this possible.