Inherently fire retardant fabrics perfect for public spaces
Back to overview July 30, 2021

Designing indoor public spaces that put people first

Our relationship with public spaces is changing rapidly, just as our approach to city planning and urban design is. Today we look at what makes an indoor public space ‘successful’ with two perfect examples to illustrate our points. 

Interior architecture with a people-first approach

The spaces that people inhabit have an enormous effect on their lives, from how they feel and how they behave to how they interact together.

Architects, then, have an important role to play. Their work shapes the impact that public spaces have on everyone who uses them. It’s for this reason that creating public indoor spaces such as airports, railway stations and hotels is more complex than it seems at first glance. When the balance of aesthetics and functionality is thrown into the mix, designing public spaces becomes more of an art than just a technical skill.

The buildings become just one piece in the built environment people inhabit. The buildings become part of an environment to daily users, to frequent guests, and to community groups. People move in and out, spending minutes or hours within these boundaries. At what point do we ask: what do people gain from spending time here? Does this building contribute to our personal well-being? Does it help create social connections? Does it strengthen the community network? – Kate DeSantis, Putting People First

Contemporary interiors with the public in mind

The Book Room, Pune, India

Designed by Studio Infinity, this library space is a departure from the usual public architecture and interiors we might associate with libraries.

Earthy-tone colours and textures ground these interiors, moving away from the typical formal library setup, enhanced by natural plants scattered throughout the space. Plants are integrated within bookshelves, reading tables, seating, and landscape pockets, creating a soothing effect that breaks up the monotony of extended furniture pieces.

The Book Room Pune India2

The Book Room Pune India1

Lastly, each detail and design input is focused on making a user-friendly space where reading is enjoyable and knowledge is easily shared.

Related read: Biophilia: the nature-based design movement that’s re-wilding the built environment

The Treasury Cocktail Bar, Sioux Falls, USA

Renovations on the Sioux Falls National Bank building began in 2018, transforming the building into a fabulous hotel with a curiously quirky cocktail bar located in what used to be the bank vault. The refurbishment retained some beautiful architectural elements to create an indoor public space that’s at once classic and comfortable, as well as stylish and contemporary.


The original terrazzo floor, for example, remains in situ. Shades of subtle green complement the white and black marble throughout, picked out with flashes of striking maple.

All details and design decisions are focused on crafting a convivial, inspiring space where people can relax and unwind. We’re proud to say that our inherently fire retardant fabrics have a part to play in the ambience and usability of this wonderful space.

Read the full case study on our blog.

FR-One fabrics at The Treasury cocktail bar

Fire retardant fabrics that are ready for public spaces

From the very beginning, FR-One has aimed to help our customers, architects included, to get the best results in their interiors projects. We strive to do this by equipping industry professionals with high performance interior fabrics that are both beautiful and conform to all worldwide fire retardant safety standards.

With our high-performance fabrics seamlessly supporting public spaces, architects and designers can focus on the bigger picture without needing to triple check the details of their specified fabrics. The sheer diversity of our inherently FR fabric collections empower architects in realising their ultimate vision.

Get in touch with us today to begin the specification process for your next hospitality project.