Manchester Art Gallery Staff Room
Having worked with Manchester Art Gallery (MAG) and Manchester City Council on various big and small projects before, we have been asked to help re-design the Manchester Art Gallery staff room for the hard-working people there. The space has become unused since it was flooded few months ago and most of the existing furniture was damaged as a result.
The all-in-one space includes a small open kitchen, so we all thought offering dining as well as lounge areas would be the best solution. HAY collection is so versatile we managed to find nearly everything we needed for the staff room there. Dividing the room with some storage allowed people wanting to relax to have a quiet corner to read or relax away from the people having their lunch. We used Hay New Order storage which in addition to acting as a room divider, provides space to keep books and magazines.
Another requirement for the staff room was secure lockers and we have found some from a brand we have recently started working with: Fantin, an Italian manufacturer who create furniture solutions in metal. We used the Just collection and chose quadruple lockers to allow enough storage for everyone.
Fiona Corridan, the Curator at the Manchester City Galleries, based at MAG said:
“It’s wonderful – relaxing, calm as well as functional. The team are all really enjoying spending time in there and love the design and furniture. It’s great to have a space back where we can all gather and chat – I hadn’t realised that there’s staff members that I haven’t had a conversation with for over a year as we’ve all been stuck at our desks over lunch and breaks.
Thanks for helping us design such a lovely space and fitting it out for us. It’s very much appreciated.”