An Office Space Inspired by Contemporary Art Galleries

Updated: Apr 18

Hello Yellow by Humming Tree

The brief was extremely sharp; that the space was to have two lives. The building should adorn an enjoy-work ethos and to have an exceedingly dynamic space, with heaps of daylight.


Limotex is a Construction / Builders company with 4o years of experience in the industry. As Humming Tree was approached for their quirky taste in design, this workspace had to be distinguished from other builder’s office which is typically designed keeping exposed materials in mind. The client was after a minimal, outlandish look.


“We took inspirations from commercial and art gallery spaces, as opposed to typical office interiors”- says Afnan & Arun founders of Humming Tree

Picture courtesy: Humming Tree

The concept was to have an office space which has a design language of contemporary art galleries. Designers at Humming Tree did not want to make something having complex aesthetics. The office has a linear planning of about 1010 sq.ft, a small work-space, with an amazing sun kissed reception area facing west. Next to it is the waiting lounge with Prussian blue couch dividing the small work-space consisting of 4 workstation table. Ahead of it is the cabin for manager and a beautiful, mirror reflecting conference room bringing the outdoor greens in making the most of pleasant ambient daylight, which in turn saves a lot of electricity

Picture courtesy: Humming Tree

Working with a concept of having this mustard yellow on all 3 dimensions was a huge tough call and one needs to be bold when making decisions. However our favorite, blue Jeff Koon’s dog, in the reception, balances out the color perfectly, making it look like it’s just straight out of a story book.

As soon as one enters the office, they receive a punch of reception area with all it’s 3 dimensions dipped in yellow, this gives a visual delight, a sense of happy summer-ness. Moving in, the palette slowly shifts between blacks, whites and a glimpse of green giving the work-space depth. Over all the space just elevates the mood as we happen to say “Hello Yellow!“.

Picture courtesy: Humming Tree

All of the above colors go hand in hand in interior design schemes, we wanted to somehow break the vibe of yellow, which can be overpowering at times and have control in the color palette. Office interior design is not just about furniture and ambiance but it is much more than that. We have to deeply understand how all of these colors could co-exist together creating a uniform balance within the interiors. The yellow dipped reception with the chic, glossy black capsule desk is absolutely the most vibrant nook in this office & simply because this is the spot where my favorite Jeff Koon’s art is.


"Afnan & I got a perfect compliment by the client stating the space is certainly Instagramable ! and they now call it the wall of the office ! These small messages from them make us happy.

Initially we thought we would be building this typical builders / construction company office situation kind of a thing with exposed materials and cement finish textures and make it look more officey but that’s just not us ! So we decided to take it for a spin and made sure we do it our way!"-says Afnan & Arun founders of Humming Tree

Picture courtesy: Humming Tree

The idea was to keep it as clutter free and open as possible with the limited space that we had in the layout. Humming Tree decided on avoiding lot of unnecessary signage and to just keep a strip of office name running on the rear wall of reception creating a backdrop which is sleek and elegant. The two statement rod lights which focuses light on the art are customized by LIGHT, Calicut.


Project : Hello Yellow Project location: Calicut, Kerala, India Firm : Humming Tree

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hummingtreeofficial/

Website: http://www.hummingtree.in/ Design team: Mohammed Afnan – Founder| Principal Architect Arun Shekar – Founder| Design head  Najala – interior designer| Decor head Yaseen – Intern | Design Mohammed Hashim – Intern | Design Varadan – Intern | Graphics Photography: Justin Sebastian

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justin_sebastian_photography/

Website: https://www.justinsebastianphotography.com/


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