A New Yorker is no stranger to small spaces. Small spaces present an interesting design challenge and when done correctly they can be incredibly rewarding. We have all probably been told, "everything has its place", by either a peer or a parent growing up. While you may be able to get away without it most places you go, New York is certainly not one of them. While it is still very much a work in progress, we'd like to share our new office with you.
When we relocated our office to Williamsburg we were excited to have access to all the neighborhood had to offer but knew there would be the sacrifice of space from our former location. The new space is a showroom, office and nothing more. A lot had to go but a lot also had to stay. The theme then became storage.
With environment having such impact on your creativity and productivity we wanted to make sure that while storage may be our goal, it did not have to be boring. Now, many of you may shake your head when you read this and say what you will, but iKea is comprised of some very fine designers. We used their made to fit Algot System and Kuggis boxes for a storage system that doesn't look too off the mark from many Mid-Century ones. Along with their Algot unit, we used their Sunnersta mini-kitchen, which is efficiently designed to minimize space while providing everything you need for kitchen utilities. Lastly, we swapped out the recessed ceiling lighting and dropped in their Ranarp Pendant lights. All in all, great functionality, quality and design at a great price.
For the remainder of the space we incorporated both new & old furniture of ours to maintain the minimal look we were going for but also the character of our former space. A 1960's magazine rack is tucked in the corner for showcasing folded products. An industrial medical unit sits in the middle of our wall unit, which is where we store many of our buttons, rivets and trim. A shared desk built for us by friend Kidd Epps saves space without compromise. A small couch and coffee table provides space for meetings and the occasional nap. One of the final pieces we needed for the office was the cork wall. With the help of some cork sheet and ceiling tile we were able to fit it to the space perfectly. Lastly, we added in some nic-nacs, artwork, a Sonos audio system and a few favorite personal items to make us feel at home. When you spend more than half your life at work, you oughta enjoy the time you spend there.