Shaw Contract Design Awards 2023: Featuring Floor Architecture, Mindful Play, Color Frame | Color Form, and Living Systems collections. By Transition Designs.

Sustainable design through Materiality, Liminality, Geometry, and Spatial Organization

Pune, India.



The client is an international company that specialises in providing cyber-security solutions to computer networks in organizations.

The brief to Transitions Design was to craft a new office for the client who had taken up space in a building at Wakdewadi, Pune, India.

Cyber-security is essentially a series of invisible concentric circles that envelop the computer network of an organization.

As the Founder and Director of the integrated consultancy Transitions Designs, Kapil Sedani has the knack for observing seen and unseen patterns in everyday things. As he ideated on the new project, it struck him that the concept of cyber-security itself could become the creative hook for the interiors in the new office.


The Design Concept

The design team led by Kapil built on this idea of "layering", similar to the layers of Earth where each layer helps in protecting life within itself.

The outermost core (atmosphere) protects the inhabitants from solar wind, ultraviolet lights, and meteors, and also sustains a magnetic field to hold things together.

The inner core creates the immense capacity and vast energy reserves to sustain life. In between is the Mantle which is the transition space between the Core and Crust of the Earth.

The design team  conceived the workspace as a series of concentric privacy layers wherein each layer serves a specific purpose in creating a sense of protection, comfort, and belonging, much like the Earth's inhabitants. 


The outer passage and reception area of the new office were the outermost layers (atmosphere) that had public access.

The next layer was the Crust which provided the space for interaction between interior and exterior elements (people). Meeting rooms and huddle spaces became the crust space where the employees of the company interacted with people from outside the organization.

The Mantle's role is in the form of the semi-public areas (situated between the public and private spaces). These semi-public areas are the cafeteria and customer demo areas where only limited outsider access is provided. 

The next layer (the magnetic field) comprises workstation areas for employees to inhabit, work and function together as a team.

The spatial organization for workstations has been positioned along the windows to allow maximum natural light, ensuring efficiency and comfort.

Finally, the inner core comprises office cabins wherein energetic employees work and deliver output to sustain the organization's production engine.


Shaw Contract’s role

For every conceptual layer, the design firm used an appropriate collection of floor tiles from Shaw Contract that suited the form and function of that space.

These included Floor Architecture, Mindful Play, Color Frame | Color Form, and Living Systems collections with the right combination of materials, textures, and colors. Wood, glass, and black metal wrapped the core of the office to create the perfect base for productivity.

All in all, Transitions Designs created a workspace that personified the client's business, and also delivered a durable, economical, and attractive destination.

• Interior Design firm: Transitions Design Pvt. Ltd.

• Project Location: Pune, India