Calgary’s Elena Del Bucchia Design recently furnished finance firm Arundel Capital with a new workspace that feels more residential than corporate.

With a front reception space that welcomes clients like a living room and a staff kitchen with all the trappings of a gourmet high-end home kitchen, Arundel Capital’s new workspace is now part of a growing trend that sees corporate spaces embracing residential features in order to create a ‘home away from home’ environment for employees. “I wanted to create a space that was reflective of their young, energetic company and incorporate some classic, traditional roots” explained Del Bucchia (source: Western Living Magazine).

Arundel Capital Calgary EDB Design Flos Can Can LAP

We think Del Bucchia did an amazing job translating the company’s brand and personality into the new space while also addressing the day-to-day needs of a busy workplace. Lighting was a key element in Del Bucchia’s design, and we were thrilled to be involved on the project. Photos courtesy Lori Andrews Photography.

Arundel Capital Calgary Flos Can Can LAP 2

Three FLOS Can Can pendants light the common kitchen area. Designed by Marcel Wanders in 2011, these pendants are classic Wanders: upon closer examination the pendant’s clean silhouette is revealed to house a delicate floral-patterned diffuser that filters the light. Such delicate and unexpected details add to the room’s easy residential vibe that helps employees bond over morning coffee and lunch. Measuring 13.66″ in diameter, the pendants come in black or white and have three colour options for the ornamental diffuser: amber (pictured above), violet, or transparent. The Can Can also comes in a Mini size which measures 3.7″ in diameter.

Arundal Capital EBD Marset Soho LAP
Arundel Capital EBD Soho pendant LAP

A large Soho pendant from Marset illuminates the company’s reception area. Placing the Soho in the company’s reception area brings the ceiling down, creating a cozier, more welcoming space akin to a living room. Designed by Joan Gaspar in 2010, the Soho is a nod to the lamps traditionally used in Spanish markets, taverns, and cafeterias–public, social settings requiring lots of lighting. The Soho comes in a large size (44″ diameter) or a small size (22″ diameter) more suitable for residential spaces like this reception area. Available in white, stone grey, or black (pictured above) and also comes as a ceiling mount version and an outdoor model.

EBD Arundal Capital Excel LAP

A Excel desk lamp lights another common area. Made of oak and steel, the desk lamp has a distinct residential feel, lending itself to the company’s casual yet engaging atmosphere. Designed by Rich Brilliant Willing for Roll & Hill, the Excel desk lamp is spare and economical in form, an elegant structure with an illuminated shade. Inspired by the colourful lines and charts of the software program by the same name, the full Excel family includes the table lamp, wall sconce, floor lamp, and chandelier. Available colour combinations include: black/oak (pictured above), white/oak, and red/oak.

Arundel Capital EBD Flos Smithfield LAP

A FLOS Smithfield illuminates one of the boardrooms. Designed by Jasper Morrison in 2009, the Smithfield has a form efficient for delivering light, which makes it a great choice for this corporate collaborative space. Like the Can Cans in the kitchen and the Soho in the reception area, the Smithfield has clean lines and a classic silhouette; it was in fact inspired by the metal lamp shades that used to hang in London’s Smithfield market. Measuring 23.6″ in diameter, the Smithfield is available in white, black, or mud, and also comes as a ceiling mount.

Arundel Capital EBD Flos Kelvin LAP

Personal task lighting is another way in which new workspaces are adopting a more residential tone. Rather than relying solely on uniform recessed lighting, Del Bucchia furnished the offices with a FLOS Kelvin task light. This classic work lamp was designed by Antonio Citterio in 2009 and has since become an archetype desk lamp. The Kelvin is a highly functional adjustable table lamp providing direct lighting, with a double pantograph arm and an adjustable head. It’s available in shiny white or black, anthracite, or chrome. FLOS has also been known to produce limited edition versions from time to time. This LED lamp features a Green energy saving mode and comes in desk clamp or wall arm versions.

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Another example of personal task lighting in an office. Here, the playful Wire table lamp offers a soothing ambient glow to the office–in addition to serving as a conversation piece. Designed in 1972 by Verner Panton, the Wire table lamp is a cylindrical wire framework that widens into a hemisphere at the top, upon which rests a hemispherical plastic shade. The shade is also available in a bright yellow colour and the lamp comes in a smaller size too. Including ambient light into a office space layers the lighting and creates a human scale to the design. The only thing that an office like this may be lacking is an area of isolation that can be used to optimize work ethic in a silent environment. The solution to this may be to find an office phone booth from a site like to help improve workflow without the risk of outside interruption. This beautiful design now needs to be maintained by talented office cleaning companies like Green facilities to ensure that this office remains a place for employees to be productive and proactive.

This was a great project by Elena Del Bucchia and it exemplifies some of the ways in which companies are rethinking the ways their employees would like to work.

Read the full story in Western Living Magazine.

Photos by Lori Andrews Photography.

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