Inspiration works best when it’s right where you need it — at work. So, we went out in search of the workspaces with the most creative interiors for their employees, in hopes that some ideas from these unique design studios might help spark you and your team to get creative within the walls of your workspaces.
Each of these featured unique design studios (all gathered from firms located in the eastern United States) takes a different approach to instilling inspiration into their workspaces: Some are sleek and modern, while others are raw and rustic. There are those swathed in bright colors, while others take on more subdued color palettes. There are dramatic structures and impressive lobbies, vast chalkboards for doodling and all sorts of other outlets erected to spark employees’ creativity in these workspaces.
That variety goes to show that cool workspaces can take on many different faces, but, most importantly, they help designers get back to what matters most: creating.
Here are some of our favorite workspaces of design firms located throughout the Eastern United States. HOWdesign.com’s Creative Workspaces section is your place to see more roundups and posts about clever interiors in the future, giving you a sneak peek inside some of the most inspirational setups. Check out our roundup of 5 Creative Workspaces in the Western U.S., too.
Firm: CBX, New York City
Look and feel of the office: Chief creative officer Rick Barrack paid tribute to his Kentucky roots through such details as a 1900s wood tractor wheel integrated into his desk, seating fashioned from school-auditorium chairs, old carnival lights, and a working garage door (along with shingles, partial roof and antique paint) in one of the conference rooms.
Goal of the workspace’s design: “First and foremost, we were going for transparency,” Barrack says. “We want to put on a show, yet give visitors to our office a behind-the-scenes look at how we operate on a daily basis. We also love the idea of an open floor plan that is conducive to open, collaborative experiences and a collective environment. Low walls, plexiglass and wall cut-outs all provide a lens into our everyday magic (and madness).”
Favorite element of the office: A red velvet curtain that references The Wizard of Oz, as a nod to the magic that happens when “wonder is at work,” Barrack explains. Plus, the curtain’s crimson hue is also CBX’s trademark color.
Workspace’s influence on creativity: Each room was thoughtfully crafted as a way to reinforce the firm’s culture and help keep designers inspired. For instance, every conference room has been “CBX-ified,” whether that means featuring the color red or simply having a ready supply of the office’s official candy, M&Ms, on hand. There are also designated brand rooms where folks can immerse themselves in the brands they’re working on.