Like seeing an old friend smile again
Commercial Interior Design
Seven Stars’ building in Penryn, Cornwall, dates back to 1540AD. But being a lovely old building in a great place isn’t enough without consistent care and attention. The Seven Stars had become tired and unloved, with little investment over the years. Our client had achieved listed building consent to transfer it into a pub with rooms and asked Absolute to work their magic on the brand identity and interior design.
This was a Grade II listed building so we needed to refurbish it sympathetically. The original manager’s flat on the first floor was to be transformed into 7 letting rooms. We majored on warmth in the colour palette, tradition in the panelling and careful choices in the quirky pieces and the found furniture we restored.
There was still scope for heritage colours to encompass the contemporary, just as the original stonework we retained blended beautifully with rich old wood and interesting textures and materials throughout. Historic pubs often scrub up well, but we wanted this one to transcend vanilla, so we gave it back personality, depth and real style.
Our interior design complemented Absolute’s graphic design teams rebrand. Their brand flowed through the pub signage as well as little touches like the room keys and conhesively brought this tired pub to life.
The tightness of the budget and the smallness of the rooms were significant challenges, but our clients were thrilled and our work exceeded their expectations.
They say: “ … Helen, Zella and the team make the whole process very simple and seamless, always available to chat through ideas or challenges as they arise. We have had different budgets available and the team have always managed to stay within it … We intend to continue using Absolute and recommend them any chance we get!”
“Absolute make the whole process very simple and seamless. We intend to continue using Absolute and recommend them any chance we get!”