“We took the space from a boring, empty white box to completely designed! The design and layout really plays up the open, airy, sun-drenched loft feel that was inherent to the space. It’s impossible to walk through and not feel a good energy.”
An app marketing company had grown tired of their white-box Midtown office, which was devoid of any branding voice. For an exciting tech startup, monotone and standard simply didn’t make sense.
In Quotidian Venture’s co-working space, qLabs, it was essential to make a space that would intrigue possible new tenants and encourage collaboration. Though qLabs had been around for a couple years, the design was no longer optimal.
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A chic wedding boutique business had grown to encompass retail, consultation service, and office needs, but the loft space had yet to be optimized for all three functions. A large tent-like structure dominated the floor and blocked the arched windows.
“The qLabs layout is not your typical white-walled office. It has a great balance of work space, boardroom meeting spaces, and lounges, as if you’re home on your couch. The design has helped attract new prospective companies as well!”
“People come in, even on weekends, honestly, just to work, whether they’re working on Homepolish stuff or their own personal projects,” Santos says.
“I was kind of selfish and just designed the kitchen that I would want,” Santos says. “Rather than going white… I wanted to take a little bit more of a risk with the design and show that bright and white isn’t the only aesthetic you can have for a kitchen.”
Combined with the spacious board room, the dining room for brainstorming or break out meetings, and the lounge spaces, there’s pretty much a place for every kind of employee to work productively.
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Taking a bare-bones, glass-and-steel high-rise office space, a Homepolish SF commercial designer created a welcoming floor incorporating residential pieces such as vintage furnishings and richly patterned wallpapers.
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“Some people are introverted and even extroverts sometimes need a chance to just work alone,” Santos says. “You should be able to curate for yourself through your 8 or 10 hour workday the exact kind of varied working environment that you want, and that’s what this office represents.”
Another unique aspect of the office is that it goes against the grain of both the typical cubicle office and the startup communal work space, offering employees a variety of rooms for either solo or group work.
The blush-pink private rooms–punctuated with fun illustrations made by the Homepolish creative team–are great for taking a call or working alone, while the smaller meeting rooms, featuring art leased from Uprise Art, allow for groups of three or four to meet.
“Design is supposed to be something that is organic and continually evolving, so the space really needed to feel like it was finished, but not complete,” Santos says. “For us it also had to be flexible to grow as we do.”
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When Barclays launched their new co-working space Rise New York, they didn’t know how to add personality to the space. They had the foundational pieces and sculptural light fixtures but little in the way of warmth and charm.
With an office like that, we’d consider putting in some extra hours, too.
Instead of a typical office space, a Homepolish commercial designer renovated the floor into an edgy and industrial social space, complete with conversation nooks and a well-stocked bar.
“Our founding principles are focus, excellence, and openness. Homepolish did a great job at translating our business philosophy into a physical space. It captures the company’s transparent and collaborative approach.”
Wanting to graduate to a larger “big kid office,” CEO and co-founder, Noa Santos, chose a space with large windows and an abundance of natural light pouring in.
Once the hard part was over, the next step was to decorate — a little. That’s when Santos turned to Homepolish commercial designer Shelly Lynch-Sparks to help makeover the space.
Featuring blue cabinetry, brass pulls and a bubble chandelier, it’s pretty much the kitchen you wish you could have at home, let alone at work.
A venture capital firm wanted to open a satellite office in San Francisco, serving a hospitality purpose of hosting meetings and entertaining clients. It had to be decidedly different from their headquarters in Menlo Park.
“Our intention was to create an optimal environment for meditation and relaxation. That beautiful intention gave rise to an equally beautiful space that is the physical manifestation of that intention.”
Piggy-backing off “those trinkets you just can’t get rid of” – get rid of them. (Sorry, not sorry.) As Madame Marie Kondo suggests, toss anything that doesn’t bring you joy. If that methodology sounds unrealistic, mostly because you may or may not despise your entire wardrobe and can’t risk showing up to work naked, at least try to edit your collection to be functional. Curate a capsule wardrobe and display it proudly on a double clothing rack, like these open space options from CB2 and Urban Outfitters. (There’s something oddly gorgeous about “merchandising” your own stuff.) If you work from home and it’s your office space that’s got you frazzled, consider a piece like West Elm’s Linden Midcentury Wide Storage Shelf Unit to create a #shelfie moment that everyone will envy. Color coordinate your books or switch to an all neutral palette like white, and you’ll fast become the organization guru of your friend group.
A Homepolish commercial designer infused the office with color and personality through logos, wallpapers, vibrant paint, and custom furniture. As an added bonus, conference rooms and phone booths were built out for better functionality.
As the in-house Barclays team finished the 2-level build-out, a Homepolish commercial designer handled small details, accessories, finishes, and artwork to express the company’s British roots.
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While part of the office is separated by glass walls that open up into each other, the other half of the space is divided with really tall drapery to open up or close off different areas as needed.
Looking at the 12,000-square-foot space today, you’d never imagine it once served three separate companies, in three separate work spaces, all with different floors and interior walls.
A Homepolish commercial designer rearranged the floorplan and inventively repurposed already existing elements to make the small NoHo space perfect for both visiting clients and employees alike. And that tent was disassembled and reused as fitting areas, clothing racks, and artistic elements.
“Homepolish aims to take work spaces to the next level, and it’s starting to grab the attention of other startups, thanks to their unique vibe and unconventional pricing.”
“The Homepolish team looks at both the human and culture components and what the founders hope that the space adds to both. In startup mode, where anything can change rapidly, there is the challenge to create an office that feels substantial and permanent.”
A young company wished to bring the first-ever meditation studio space to the busy streets of New York. Seeing as they had no predecessors to look to, they didn’t know how to start the design process.
The company, which offers personalized interior design services via a network of more than 500 designers, recently moved into new digs in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood, and the interiors are dreamy to say the least.
Just off the kitchen is a cafe area complete with movable barstools, making a perfect area to grab lunch solo or with others while taking a break from work.
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One of the biggest problems when designing for a small space is the lack of storage. Let’s just say, tiny apartment units don’t typically come with walk-in closets. Invest in pieces that have closed doors, where you can fold, hang, and store your precious items away in peace (and out of sight). Smaller than an armoire and more accommodating than a dresser, West Elm’s Midcentury Chifforobe is an all-in-one closet for smaller spaces. It’s crafted of FSC®-certified wood, adding modern-day sustainability to its timeless 1950s and ’60s style. Anthropologie’s Lacquered Regency Armoire is not only show-stoppingly beautiful, but boasts hanging and folding space, so you have room for both winter sweaters and summer linens (very important). Lastly, Jonathan Adler’s Turner Pagoda Side Table offers a place for all your bedside needs, but it also has substantial drawer space, for those *unmentionables* you might want to keep out of sight.
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Breaking out of the box, a Homepolish commercial designer went for an egalitarian vibe, ridding the floorplan of executive offices and cubicles and creating a balance of open-plan areas and private spaces (not to mention rounded tables).
“Barclays has strong English roots, so we wanted to nod to their heritage but in a fun and approachable way”
A tech support company moved into a Midtown office they described as “horrendous,” a space filled with 80s-style cubicles, awkward pillars, and executive offices that blocked off all of the windows. Imagine Mad Men, but in a bad way.
And then there’s the kitchen, a favorite hangout spot among Homepolish employees.
A trendy 6 year-old shoe brand had grown beyond its original small SoHo office. The group of 30 employees needed a space to embrace company culture and expand their team.
“Never underestimate the power of a space to transport you. So much of Soludos is inspired by our travels, and there is a story behind almost every piece in the space. Our hope is when you walk in the space, you’re taken away from the hustle and bustle of Broadway. And Homepolish made that real.”
“Homepolish respected our vision, made it better, executed it flawlessly, not to mention, their ability to find dope furniture for amazing prices is uncanny”
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A new model ad agency in SoHo expanded to the floor above their original offices, which unfortunately was rather drab.
Finding an old restaurant space just above Washington Square Park, a Homepolish commercial designer gut renovated the space to become a calming respite that still pays homage to the urban environs.
You probably don’t think of the your office as a home away from home, but for New York City-based interior design startup Homepolish, that’s exactly what it feels like going to work everyday.
A Homepolish commercial designer helped the company find a new SoHo space and oversaw a complete gut renovation, opening up the floorplan to a bright, airy office, able to accommodate the growing team.
“Homepolish practices what it preaches by using its own office as a design laboratory. As startups are prone to rapid growth… Homepolish is keen on creating temporary solutions that don’t reveal aesthetic impermanence.”
A team of three Homepolish designers redesigned the floor to be flexible, accommodating the constant shift in tenants, while keeping it homey and approachable with vintage furnishings and antiqued rugs.
Whether it’s closet space, general clutter, or office build up… whatever the storage issue, there’s a solution. Small spaces don’t have to feel cramped, and editing your “things” down to a collection of beautiful objects is a really liberating process. So get those cleaning gloves on and the wallet out. With these tiny space tips, you’re prepared for whatever your urban jungle throws your way.
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The blue and cream-colored furniture in the lounge area, which came from West Elm Workspace, was also kept relatively flexible so that it could be reused elsewhere in the office in case any of the glass rooms needed to be converted in the future.
Anyone who lives in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the like can attest to the frustrations of outfitting a studio or 1-bedroom apartment with the most functional furniture, all while trying not to overwhelm or crowd the space. Fortunately, furniture companies have caught on, and there are tons of “petite” sized pieces available that are perfect for organizing your tiny, yet mighty, abode. Check out our favorite picks and tricks for design when you’re lacking in the size department.
Not only did Homepolish gut the loft, they replaced all of the flooring and bleaching them for a lighter feel. In all, the makeover took 5 months to complete.
When configuring a small space, multipurpose pieces are paramount to ensuring success. (I know, that sounds serious, BUT IT IS!) Kate Spade’s Ebony Bookcase combines book storage with deep drawers for more folding space, while Anthropologie’s Brass Key Secretary Desk melds an office space with storage for clothes or office supplies. Let’s face it… even in a small space, you need space to 1) take care of business and 2) show off your books and how smart you are. CB2’s genius Stowaway Bed also offers pull-out drawers built right into the bottom of the frame, perfect for housing those trinkets you just can’t get rid of. Or, if you’re like me, more clothes.
“This client’s vision was a dream project for me, and I was really able to run wild with the design details of this space. They trusted my judgment and couldn’t be happier with our outcome!”
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“The whole design concept of the Stone Fox Bride space was to make it look so effortlessly chic so as to seem that a designer hadn’t even touched it. Sometimes the best design hides the hand of the maker behind the work.”