OSB: Impressive interiors show how to adopt to this alternative material


We carry on looking at wooden furniture, but something a little different to the previous post. Oriented strand board (OSB) also known as ply or chipboard is an engineered wood particle board created by combining adhesives and compressing layers of wood flakes to create a large wooden board. A generally economical material, it has become a popular choice used by interior designers and interior architects for creating a quick fix solution. Durable and easily shaped for us, OSB can be painted, varnished or waxed. Here we take a look at our pick of interiors that experiment with OSB in various forms.

T&SHOP, London

TandShop London OSB interiors spaceist blogpost

Image Credit: Emily Grace

The T&SHOP is a popular combination of tea shop and retail concept shop where space has been received for pop-up goods from furniture, homewares and body products. The simple concept for the interior starts with the white washed walls that have been covered in parts with white painted OSB boards to add  a simple solution to create a smooth wall. The furniture has been made using mixture of OSB boards and metal to create a very urban chic hub that sets a casual environment for socialising, some retail therapy and even working. Natural wooden tones mix nicely with the plants and reclaimed metal fittings to create a popular minimal laid-back look that has been adopted by many small cafes and tea shops around the Hackney area. 

Crafty Cow Gastro Pub, Hong Kong

Crafty Cow Gastro Pub Hong Kong OSB interiors spaceist blogpost

Image Credit: Crafty Cow

The Crafty Cow occupies a very compact space, with the main challenge being to accommodate both a bar that serves craft beer and a kitchen, which serves up wagyu beef, both popular amongst locals. It is located in a popular destination within the city that is well known for creative food and drink concepts. As you enter, wooden pallets made from OSB boards create a display feature and has been inspired by the use of pallets in farming to store bottles and produce. This forms the very rural inspiration this urban gesture pub is rooted in with combinations of concrete and wood to create a very rustic look without over clutter in the confinements of the space available. A relaxing atmosphere  is further enhanced by mood lighting that complements the warm colours of the wood. 

Silo, Brighton

Silo brighton OSB interiors spaceist blogpost

Image Credit: Lisa Devlin

This is one of Britain’s first ever zero-waste concept eateries and combines a bakery, cafe and restaurant. The menu changes daily and food is fresh and the underlining concept is that nothing is wasted. To align this policy on food, the inspiration for the interiors also comes from a very basic, practical selection of furnishings. OSB boards form the primary material for the construction of the tables and chairs with specially made furnishings that offer a contemporary look and allows the large warehouse space to become a little warmer and cosier for customers. Stunning wooden beams add to the industrial feel, but create look more akin to a cosy barn than a warehouse in the city of Brighton. 

Mash, Amsterdam

Mash amsterdam OSB interiors Spaceist blogpost

Image Credit: Ewout Huibers

We go from OSB furniture to an entire fit out with the use of these chipboards, to present the interior of this 32m2 bar. With very specific limitations Mash required a solution to fit everything in successfully and manages to do this by using bench style seating that is integrated into the OSB walls and ceiling. The wood chip boards have allowed the designers to create a very sophisticated interior that does not appear at all economical, but quite the opposite.  Wood has natural capabilities to transform any space with its hard wearing and warming qualities, which have aided in the appearance of the  comfortable seating and stylish tables that sit in front of the bar, the only distinctive item not made from OSB.

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