Luxurious, witty, and oh-so-British, the architectural-design studio, Waldo Works, is the epitome of “design with a twist.” Translating brand identity into engaging design perceptions, the studio is truly dynamic, with a professional eye for details.
Tom Bartlett founded Waldo Works over ten years ago and works with partners Sasha von Meister, Andrew Treverton and staff across a wide variety of projects including interiors and architecture as well as custom products and furniture.
Waldo Works is recognized for its modern British design output and has worked with inspirational individuals and companies; changing derelict spaces into elegant apartments or translating a brand’s identity into an engaging physical environment. Waldo Works tries to connect its work to the heritage of a place while remaining tied to the present. They enjoy understanding a client’s needs and aspirations for their projects so that they can fully customize their designs to these requirements. They are interested in providing environments that create a real resonance for the user, be it home or hotel.
The company works internationally on projects large and small, commercial and private; and their in-house team of architects and designers deliver a fully integrated design and project management service.
Biography: the man before the myth
Tom Barlett studied architecture at Manchester University and the Bartlett School of Architecture and set up Waldo Works in 2000. His W10-based design practice, comprising 10 architects and designers, specializes in modern interiors.
Background & Realizations: the projects
Tom is working on the interior architecture and design of a house in Notting Hill; a project in Geneva; a department at Selfridges in London, and the refit of Smythson in Bond Street. He is also working with Jade Jagger on development projects in association with Yoo, in Mumbai and Marocco.
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The Most Iconic Projects
Hyde Park Flat
Waldo Works Studio remodelled this penthouse flat overlooking the park, to create a series of rich rooms for a well-traveled woman. The recollection of smart apartments in New York formed the basis of her aspirations. Intricate contemporary detailing features alongside luxurious materials.
“Never economise on ironmongery or painters, but do economise on paint.” – Tom Bartlett.
The Interior Design of a large property overlooking a square in Notting Hill. Working with MMM Architects and enthusiastic clients, the house was to be filled with a burgeoning art collection. The interiors reflect the couples love for both contemporary and old master works, as well as particular interest in the ‘Bloomsbury’ period.
“We are known for bespoke interiors that are current, but we have an eye for history. Our strength is in the knowledge of both approaches. We concentrate on modern interiors, but with colourful personality and, we hope, some wit.” – Tom Bartlett.
Selfridges International Services
A multi-million pound investment, and part of the architectural restoration of the Neo Classical building, the department tripled in size and now occupies 16,000 sq ft of prime retail space. Set above the main entrance to the store and the iconic Queen of Time clock, the space houses a series of halls, lounges, dedicated VIP areas, libraries, a theatre Desk, a Mac bar and Faith Room.
Waldo Works restored the historical columns and moldings, then created a series of wide-opened halls which amplified the grand scale of the space. Glossy wall panels lined with a green and deep blue tropical motif partnered with smooth wood surfaces help create a cool and luxurious ambiance. Waldo Works used brass globe wall sconces as a nod to the 1900s, then introduced modern fluorescent tube light ceiling fixture as a refresher of the current times. A refined selection of postmodern furniture pieces are scattered throughout the space to ensure a comfortable and extraordinary customer experience.
Waldo Works were asked to completely redesign the physical environment of this iconic British brand. They worked within the listed interior with highly contemporary insertions. They developed highly contemporary insertions to function with the listed interior. The shop was expanded and rooms became departments. The diary wall forms the focus of the main space, reimagined in London fog grey with blue and gold display tables punctuating the space in front. The interiors and fittings palettes are based on grainy images of prewar houses in Mayfair. A Danny Chadwick mobile is installed in the nile blue papered bespoke stationery room.
The flagship store kept much of its original neo-Georgian features, and one of the most arresting details is the front entrance are the arcade-style windows. Even when the store is closed, onlookers can still enjoy peeping into the shop. Bartlett took the idea of using the lost houses of Park Lane that were torn down in the 1920s as the base for the grand Gallery, which is the first room that customers walk into.
Cutting edge fashion label PPQ looked to create a flagship store on Conduit Street. Waldo Works designed an interior to mirror the wit and elegance shown in the clothes. Formed from a palette of materials that we affectionately call ‘Margaret Thatcher Modernism’, the shop is a strictly structured set of rooms in blue/black lacquer and brass detailing.
The founder of the company – Tom Barlett says that his family always called their businesses after the houses in which they lived. When he started Waldo Works, he was building his own house in London – occupying a former make-up compact factory. The factory was called “Waldo Works”. He still live there.
Separately to the studio, Tom consults for Yoo on large scale residential and hotel developments with budgets of gross development value of around $130 million. His experience covers working across territories including India, Russia, Turkey and the USA.
The Creator’s Choice
The Studio’s work is featured consistently in leading publications, including World of Interiors, Elle Decoration, Wallpaper* and others; and is listed as one of the top 100 in House and Garden 2012’s list of Interior designers.
Featured Image: © Waldo Works
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