BBO Offices – Helsinki

  • Client BBO,
  • size 1,345 sqft
  • Year 2016
  • Location Helsinki, Finland,
  • Industry Advertising / Marketing,
  • Mint & More Creative with Essi Nádor have collaborated to complete the offices for BBO (Better Business Office), a small marketing consultancy located in Helsinki, Finland.

    BBO were facing a structural renovation in their old, dearly-loved location, and decided to optimise their circumstances with a redesign. The centrally-located, beautiful building their office is in was built in 1889. BBO differentiate themselves by having long personal relationships with their clients. For BBO, clients feel like family and they needed a home to invite them to.

    The office’s look was inspired by the historical architecture of the building and the creative people working at BBO. The project had two main issues we had to solve. Firstly, the office concept needed to be homey and inviting, yet still unique and edgy. Secondly, the functional layout of the office needed to be tailored around the apartment’s historical rooms.

    Working in a relatively small office, employees need space for privacy. To solve this, Mint & More created a custom-built phone booth inside an old closet. There also needed to be space for interaction, such as the brass high table in the dining room for shared lunches and dinners. Other spaces are designed to be multifunctional, to suit the client’s constantly changing needs.

    BBO’s office was designed to be a mix of old and new, embodied by the eye-catching “Happy Hour” neon sign hanging over the nearly 130 year old fireplace. The sign tempts the BBO family to relax with a drink from the bar. Because of Mint & More’s focus on interesting details, custom-made elements such as the coloured glass mirrors in the dining room were designed. Mint & More also pimped out some IKEA cupboards in the bathrooms to give them some extra spirit.

    DesignerMint & More Creative with Essi Nádor
    Photography: Esa Kapila