Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet are known by holidaymakers everywhere for their engaging travel guides, and as the world’s largest tourist book publisher; they were looking to reflect their global culture in the new office. Working alongside Aros Architects and Oktra, we provided numerous options to help them achieve this aim.

For the main workspace, we created cultural ‘hubs’ through the use of different materials. It was important to Lonely Planet to incorporate bright, natural textures and colours to create a welcoming space with a clean, refreshing atmosphere. These light colours also accentuated the bright and playful colours in the furniture selection.

In the high traffic areas, Forbo’s Allura range was used. These unique, high density flooring tiles are incredibly tough and offer an easy-to-clean; simple to install alternative to ceramic tiles – ideal for the office environment.

As the breakout zones were close to the windows, we aimed for a material that would capture the changing of light. This was no better reflected than in Bolon’s Create collection. This woven vinyl flooring not only boasts a great recycle and sustainability story, but offers a broad palette of potential designs. In the sandy beige tone we used, it helped to build a beach-like scene – perfect for staff looking to relax.

Craig Anstey, Project Manager suggested, “The short time allotted to supply and fit posed a potential challenge, but with the Affinity team’s expertise of installations, we completed the project earlier than expected; delighting the Lonely Planet project management team.”


1100 sq metres




London, SE1


Ceramics, Bolon, Carpet, LVT


Forbo, Interface, Chroma, Karndean

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