Lots of creative people rely on coffee for inspiration. But few go as far as the advertising agency Kofein: not only is their name the Croatian word for java; they also enlisted local firm Brigada to create a headquarters in Zagreb that offered all the buzz of a boutique coffee shop. The studio responded to the brief by creating plenty of café-style lounge areas and bright moments that contribute a dynamic yet polished flavor.
“The agency needed to move from a roughly 500-square-foot office in an apartment to a larger space,” says Brigada creative director Vlatka Leskovar. “The spatial organization needed to provide brainstorming areas, a kitchen and dining space, and a working area, all connected while remaining visually separate.”
A small lounge greets visitors at reception, with Brigada’s own Bloom table; the interior is mostly open plan, with conference rooms defined by accent walls of lacquered trapezoidal lime. Works by local artists add inspirational touches to the industrial palette of concrete and steel. And just off to one side, floating above a nook of vintage sofas and rugs, a brainstorming lounge is encased in bent metal plates, plasticized in a red bold enough to perk up almost anyone.