Cafeteria at the Insead

The Insead, or The Business School for the World, is a private graduate management school with three main campuses, in Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dabi.
Interior designer Helen King was commissioned to undertake renovation work on the 400-seat cafeteria at the Fontainebleau site, and she used the full range of Texaa® acoustic products in her design (Stereo, Vibrasto, Abso).

Colours from the Aeria range were chosen to create a bright and fresh atmosphere, marrying tones of green, yellow and grey, heightened with touches of purple. The colour design also included photographs of Fontainebleau forest, reproduced in black and white on green textile envelopes (our ‘print’ option).
Before the renovation project, this space comprised a number of poorly differentiated zones with a low level of acoustic comfort. Stereo panels in a variety of sizes and colours were suspended horizontally from the ceiling or assembled vertically to articulate the function of each space (cash desk, tray return etc.), forming vibrantly coloured frescos.
Acoustic objects—Abso cones and cubes—were also suspended from the ceiling into the empty space above the main stairwell and in the glazed area at the centre of the cafeteria.

Project name: Restaurant de l'Insead

Year to be delivered: 2012

Town-city / Country: Fontainebleau, France

Project owner or contracting authority: Insead, Institut européen d'administration des affaires

Contractor: Design d'intérieur Helen King (rénovation)

Photographer: Hervé Abbadie

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