Time Out Offices
Covent Garden, London
Client: Time Out
Date: Completed 1978
Publisher Tony Elliot must have been disappointed if he really wanted the interior of his new offices to look like the newsroom of the Washington Post. What he probably hoped for, and got, was an atmosphere of energy and interaction. Fundamentally open plan with the exception of a few “bolt-holes” it was an exercise in low-budget ingenuity.
Spacial divisions were standard flush doors sawn off at angles and hinged together like cardboard cut-outs of mountain ranges giving visual contact through the valleys. Each work station, a group of nesting varnished plywood sheets, was linked to a network of overhead services with a dodgem car contact pole.
Working on a shoe-string budget, CZWG used neon and expanded metal to give Time Out a glamorous public face.“An extraordinary mixture of austerity and jollity” Design Magazine, July 1980