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At D2 Design & Build, we relish opportunities that allow us to flex our creative muscles and transform ambitious concepts into functional, beautiful spaces. Our recent project, a head office fit-out for Defected Records, was an inspiring challenge that showcased our commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and innovative design. Working with one of the world’s leading independent record labels was an honor and a testament to our reputation in the industry.

Embracing Creative Freedom

The Defected Records head office fit-out was a project that excited us from the outset. Being granted creative freedom is a designer’s dream, and in this case, it allowed us to explore the unique vision that Defected Records had for their new workspace. This freedom enabled us to push boundaries and experiment with ideas that we knew would align with the label’s dynamic and creative culture.

The brief was clear: create a space that embodies the industrial aesthetic while reflecting the energetic and innovative spirit of Defected Records. This was a concept that resonated with us deeply, as it provided an opportunity to blend our technical expertise with our passion for cutting-edge design. From joinery and partitions to electrical work and lighting, every aspect of the fit-out was meticulously planned and executed to bring this vision to life.

Tackling the Industrial Challenge

Industrial design is known for its raw, unpolished look, often featuring exposed materials such as concrete, steel, and brick. These elements can pose significant challenges, requiring precision and skill to handle effectively. For the Defected Records office, we aimed to create a space that was both aesthetically striking and functional, showcasing the beauty of these industrial materials while ensuring a comfortable and practical work environment.

Joinery and Partitions

One of the central elements of the fit-out was the joinery and partitions. Our team crafted bespoke pieces that seamlessly integrated with the industrial theme. We used reclaimed wood and steel to create custom workstations and shelving units, each piece carefully designed to reflect the rugged beauty of the materials. The partitions, made from a combination of steel frames and glass, provided a sense of openness while maintaining distinct workspaces. This approach not only enhanced the industrial aesthetic but also fostered a collaborative and dynamic atmosphere.

Electrical Work and Lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in any office environment, and for Defected Records, it was essential to get it just right. We designed a lighting scheme that complemented the industrial look, using a mix of exposed filament bulbs, pendant lights, and integrated LED strips. The lighting not only highlighted the raw materials but also created a warm and inviting ambiance, perfect for a creative workplace.

Our electrical work ensured that the office was equipped with state-of-the-art technology, hidden discreetly within the industrial framework. This blend of form and function was crucial in creating a space that was not only visually appealing but also practical and efficient.

Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Excellence

The industrial concept posed unique challenges, particularly in working with materials like concrete and steel. These elements require careful handling to achieve the desired look without compromising on safety or functionality. Our team’s expertise in dealing with such materials was instrumental in overcoming these challenges and ensuring a flawless finish.

One of the standout features of the fit-out was the exposed brick walls, which added a touch of rustic charm to the space. Achieving the perfect balance between rough and refined was key, and our team’s attention to detail ensured that every brick was laid to perfection, creating a striking backdrop for the office.

A Space That Reflects a Vision

The culmination of our efforts at the Defected Records head office was a space that not only met but exceeded expectations. It was a place that truly reflected the vibrant, innovative spirit of the label, providing an inspiring environment for their team to work and create. Seeing the finished product and knowing that we played a pivotal role in bringing the designer’s vision to life was incredibly satisfying for our team.

Building the Future

The success of the Defected Records project is a testament to our ability to tackle complex designs and deliver exceptional results. It demonstrates our commitment to quality, creativity, and client satisfaction, values that are at the core of everything we do at D2 Design & Build.

Looking ahead, we are excited about the opportunities to take on more projects that challenge us and allow us to showcase our expertise. We are confident that our experience with the Defected Records office will serve as a blueprint for future successes, as we continue to push the boundaries of design and build.


At D2 Design & Build, we believe that every project is an opportunity to create something special. The Defected Records head office fit-out was a perfect example of how we can bring a unique vision to life, combining our technical expertise with a passion for design. We are proud of the finished product and look forward to many more successful projects in the future, continuing to set new standards of excellence in the industry.

Our work with Defected Records has reinforced our commitment to delivering innovative, high-quality fit-outs that not only meet but exceed our clients’ expectations. As we move forward, we remain dedicated to creating spaces that inspire, captivate, and reflect the unique identity of each client we work with