Sergio Mannino Studio is the interior design firm behind this newly opened arts and crafts activity center, Bubble Splat. Bubble Splat offers a range of hands-on activities for the young as well as the young at heart. Mannino’s challenge was to create an arts space (on a modest budget) where kids and adults alike could engage in candlemaking, soapmaking, and ceramics-painting in a bright, cheerful and space- efficient setting.
Because of Bubble Splat’s great need for storage capabilities, Mannino had to maximize and enhance the center’s storage facilities without overwhelming the space. The solution was to construct brightly colored bookcase-style shelving (against a sky blue wall) where supplies would be easily stored and quickly accessed. The result, in yellow and red, is a clean and well-illuminated space where shelving systems are design elements. The bright white work tables and solid matching benches are attractively designed, being sturdy and utilitarian but never clunky. Cleverly designed, the benches can be pushed under the tables, disappearing into the space when not in use. Drawing on his Italian heritage, Mannino has chosen stools for the downstairs café area by Stefano Giovannoni. There parents can sip a coffee or tea and enjoy a baked treat while their kids enjoy the art activities.
On the second floor, a retractable wall system in a warm and inviting yellow, is used to separate the main space when private events are held. Yellow and orange are the dominant colors with red used as an accent color. Here and there in the space are Werner Panton’s now iconic S chairs, an ideal choice for the party space considering their versatility, durability and clean-up-ability. Mannino’s cheerful and intuitive design sensibilities are found in abundance here at Bubble Splat where ceramics and soapmaking make good clean fun.
Design: Sergio Mannino, Giulia Delpiano
Area: 200 sqmt
Address: 14 Bull Ln, Rayleigh SS6 8JD, United Kingdom
Year built: 2015
Images: Neil Perry