OFFICE IN EX-WORKSHOP WITH RETRO ACCENTS AND ANGRY BIRDS

May 13, 2014
Posted in Apartments

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Metric area: 95 m²
Number of employees: 12

Protein advertising agency pioneered on the Russian market last March and acquired a fixed place of business only by summer. Its employees set their made upon a historical building near a big garden suburb, which once used to be a workshop of the Emperor’s R&D company.

Considering the industrial past of the office it had to go through two months of capital repairs. For a start the renters disposed of the lube oil traces, loads of construction waste and numerous layers of old plaster. Settled along were technical issues, such as, for example, the absence of WC and kitchen. High ceilings (almost 4.5 m) allowed for a bonus loft level in the kitchen, which was by common agreement designed as a library.

Interior design was entrusted to a famous St. Petersburg artist and designer, whose task was to reflect the history of this place in the shapes of the office. Therefore, items of décor are mostly retro and found right in the process of repairs: old radios, black lamps, table upholstered with green velvet, massive wardrobe in the entrance hall, and a red notice plate saying “Community of High Culture”, which used to decorate the workshop entrance door. Mirrors on the wall opposite real windows contribute to visual expansion of the narrow space. By the way, their frames are original, removed from the factory windows.

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As for the furniture components, they are almost 100% custom-made: desks with cast-iron frames, bookstands, shelves, conference table and copper suspended lamps. Bright accents were placed on furniture pieces of corporate colors.

A red globe named “Pavlov’s Land” is a gift to the CEO Vladimir Pavlov from his ex-colleagues. It features notions self-explanatory for all admen: “River of Comments”, “Copyright Upland”, “Island of Insights”, “Sea of Endless Concerns”, “Lake of Presentations” and “Swamp of Routine”. Curtains for the meeting room were ordered from an interior textile designer. The room itself is designed on a raised floor with numerous storage drawers for small stuff designed under it.

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