OFFICE IN A COMMON LODGING: LIGHT BACKGROUND & BRIGHT ACCENTS
Ony — visual communications agency
Metric area: 110 m²
Ony, a studio of graphic design and visual communications, has recently celebrated its 12th anniversary. In their time Maxim Orlov, and Olga and Sergey Seryozhins have launched joint flash Web-site business, but with time concentrated their efforts on spheres of brand building, graphic design, visual and interactive communications. Now Ony functions as a full-fledged agency working on a turn-key basis: from the development of general idea to its implementation.
The company remained quite “homey” though. Squeezed by an old tight apartment, which used to serve as an office before, the partners started to look for a new office zone with the same format. Experience has shown that homey atmosphere − house slippers, a play-station and soft sofas − is more inspiring for the creative team than grim check passages and tourniquets of business centers.
A spacious lodging in the building of Stalin era was satisfactory in every respect: tidy, newly-renovated, with a balcony and an option to demolish and paint the walls, and nicely located: most of the employees live in the same neighborhood and in summer get to work by bicycles.
At first the new owners wanted to have all the walls torn down for the sake of an open space, but after throwing a birthday party in the office changed their minds. A more convenient and rational solution was installation of two-leaf doors, which can be closed in working time and opened again in off hours.
As a general rule, guest zone is used for business meetings and negotiations, while the everyday work is carried out next-door. Presentations are projected right on the light-colored walls.
In off hours the designers used to play Xbox games and now they are carried away by music. One of the employees, a music conservatory graduate, helped his colleagues to practice a MGMT Kids cover. The newly-formed band was honored by a storm of applause, which encouraged them for further experiments. So, evenings the space frequently turns into a music studio.
Classical parquetry wouldn’t fit into the monochrome office interior and the partners had it re-painted. It sparkled in a new fashion, as well as two refreshed chandeliers, which originally were in the to-be-thrown-away list. Bright accents in the light interior are works of Olga Seryozhina, which start glowing in the rays of the setting sun thanks to fluorescent paints. A triptych in the entrance hall is also Olga’s masterpiece.