A series of unfortunate events led Instrument to its new 30,000-square-foot offices in north Portland. First, there was a fire that unexpectedly broke out on the Fourth of July in 2009, prompting them to get booted from their original space that very day. So they set up shop in a former World War II airplane hangar nicknamed “The Outpost” that was cool and all, but really best used for parking airplanes and not necessarily dreaming up visual campaigns. Still, the team had nowhere else to go. “It was a company moment when everyone had to hunker down and tough it out,” says Instrument’s chief creative officer JD Hooge. But the predicament led Hooge and company CEO Justin Lewis to wonder: What if they built a new office from scratch and customized it to their specifications?
Distraction has reached new heights at the office of creative agency DHNN. Instead of trying to ignore buzzing group texts on your phone or the snacks in the company kitchen, imagine having to avoid the temptation to jump in the office pool?
The entrance to Mother New York’s offices on Manhattan’s far west side in Midtown conveys that this isn’t your typical cubicle grid farm. Greeting visitors upon arrival are a series of hand saws nailed to a wall, a stuffed brown bear standing upright, a fleet of antique toy sailboats, and a ruby-red London telephone booth. Directly inside the entry door is a long bar that doubles as the front desk, where receptionists serve hand-pulled espressos and pour drafts of Stella Artois beer (a client).
When a recession hits, creative agencies usually take a huge hit. But when an economic slowdown hit Barcelona, &Rosàs founder Jordi Rosàs saw an opportunity. He rented two underpriced floors of an old bank in the city’s historic Via Laietana neighborhood to establish a new airy workspace for his 18 employees.