A design space made to beat creative block

The creatives at Bleed's Oslo office are definitely not short of space. The consultancy occupies an old factory on the banks of the Akerselva river that runs through the city; a massive, 500-square-metre space with seven-metre-high ceilings. "Altogether we are an office of 13 people, so we have a lot of space to kick around in," smiles Svein Haakon Lia, founding partner and creative director.

The surrounding area is an ideal mix of urban and rural, according to Lia. Located in Oslo's creative, bohemian Grünerløkka district, the studio is surrounded by independent cafés, shops and parks. "The location is a very big part of Bleed's studio culture," he says. "Close to water, green space and with all a city can offer, it makes it easy to go out for inspiration."

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