Plank Film Productions is a small filmmaking company based in Fairweather House in Woodstock, Cape Town. Creative director Peter Pohorsky briefed Haldane Martin to refurnish and brand the space (with Monday Design), to create a relaxed working environment representative of Plank’s new identity.
The design concept draws on the plank, in its raw, native state. A centrepiece boardroom table uses planks of uneven lengths. Simple desks were made funky by painting the legs and adding raw plank vanity screens, creating privacy and hiding cable troughs. Power cables drop neatly from the trusses to the desks. Feature cardboard lights hang above the boardroom table. Prouvé school chairs complete the look.
A giant green logo forms a pinboard wall feature. Quirky storage spaces in green and grey line the walls. Memorabilia shelves shaped like rectangular speech bubbles draw on elements from Plank’s website. Above the director’s desk a think bubble adorns the face brick.
Bespoke furniture includes modular tables made from plastic-wrapped wood cut along different diagonals, with steel legs from Haldane Martin’s Weightless furniture collection.
The historical building, a 1940s clothing factory, was restored with beautiful raw finishes and vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses. The interior design focuses on furnishing and decorative elements. Simple innovations like reversing strip lighting to bounce and reflect light off the ceiling dramatically improved the space without costing a lot.
Photos by Micky Hoyle
Woodstock, Cape Town