By Jordi Lippe | September 23, 2015 | Lifestyle
Plush couches, reclaimed wood, stunning architecture: sounds like the makings of the newest nightclub or restaurant, right? Not anymore. Tired of beige cubicles and fluorescent lighting, some companies are going out of their way to totally deck out their office spaces. From designer furnishings to artist designs, these are the swankiest offices in New York.
This company's office is worthy of a home magazine spread and was even featured in one. "We wanted the feeling that when the elevator door opens you are stepping into someone's living room, lounge, kitchen, and work space," owner Florence Quinn tells us. "Meetings take place at dining room tables, on sofas, and at banquettes, while staffers gather for lunch at the long kitchen table." Restoration Hardware was their primary inspiration for the office, with chandeliers, sofas, tables, and shelves from the brand furnishing the space.
Playground meets office in this contemporary creative agency workspace. "Our office has an open floor plan with a singular, 1,100-foot seamless 'Superdesk' designed by architect Clive Wilkinson, that connects all 126 of our employees," CEO Sophie Kelly tells us. "There are built-in spaces that facilitate interaction and creativity with seating under the arches of our desk, which provides space for casual, informal meetings."
This company is known for being home to some of the craftiest and artistic people on the planet, so it's no surprise that Etsy's Dumbo offices in Brooklyn would be just as whimsical. Environmentally conscious to boot, the building features living vertical walls while guests are greeted by a reception desk that also doubles as an art piece. Giant wood sculptures, British-inspired telephone rooms, murals, quirky doors, and even air vents covered in colorful knitted yarn are some other details to expect.
Isn't it almost everyone's dream to own one of those incredible townhouses in New York? Well, founder, president and CEO of Talent Resources, Mike Heller, made that dream into his office when he purchased a seven-story home in Murray Hill. "[It's] an out-of-the-box experience for both clients and staff, [and it] feels like family," Heller says. "We salvaged wood paneling from the Morgan Library to give a feel of old-world prestige with wood-burning fireplaces, [and] pulled antique furniture from France with new-age modern desks and Apple computers to create a cool hybrid of new versus old."
Clean lines and bright colors make this ultra-modern workspace a perfect area to spark new ideas and mingle with colleagues. They even let the employees have a say in the design. "A volunteer group of LivePerson employees from across the entire company served as a design committee," Rob LoCascio CEO of LivePerson says. "Each design session had a theme. For example, one meeting would be about 'community space,' another would be 'work stations,' then 'meeting rooms' to keep an engaging, dynamic process." The result was an open space with features like natural wood desk stations, a geometric-shaped meeting room ceiling, and even a hammock.
Looking more like the set of Star Trek, this futuristic-style office is the home for Starwood Hotels & Resorts innovation studio. "As tech becomes increasingly important in our industry, we also looked to have that reflected in Starlab," says Mike Tiedy, Starwood’s vice president of Brand Design. "You can see that in our digital chandelier, which pulls comments from feeds using our hashtags and streams across the chandelier." A techie's dream, there are five digital feed frames rotating Instagram posts in a communal dining area.