TRUE OR FALSE: Your Landlord Should Not Do your New Space Plan

Congratulations, you got new office space. After making do in space that you had outgrown years ago, you feel that you finally have the space to support your business goals and accommodate your short and long-term needs. FANTASTIC!

Your head is spinning with ideas and thoughts about how the office should be configured and while your enthusiasm in high, you also know that you’ll need a professional to help you with the space plan for the office.

Who best to d that plan– well, the landlord, right? Um, wrong, DEAD WRONG! Here’s why:
– Designing your space isn’t the landlord’s priority; renting the space to you is and they have already accomplished that. (It’s a done deal!)

— The process is as follows: the landlord will hire an architect to do the base drawings for their tenants so that they can ten obtain all of the necessary work permits for the construction that is required. You (the tenant)think that you are getting all of this for free but actually it is an (invisible)cost that has been built into your lease on an ongoing basis (even at renewal). (C’mon, you know that there is no such thing as a free lunch so why should this surprise you?!)

— A landlord won’t take the requisite time to learn about your business in-depth. The specific needs of the workers are not addressed and the end result might be space that does not support the actual workflow and requirements of the office staff. You might find yourself having to make do with the space that has been designed and who wants to have to make do in their new office space. Why should you have to settle for less than what you wanted/needed?

— This isn’t the landlord’s core business and they will not be thinking about the office technology, office efficiencies, etc.

 THEY  ARE WORKING WITH GENERALITIES AND NOT THE SPECIFICS OF YOUR UNIQUE BUSINESS.

NOW wouldn’t you agree that working with a space planner is a better option?:

— A space planner will take the time to assess your current business, observe your business in action and will not only ask you questions about your current situation but will probe for future needs as well.

— They’ll take the time to truly understand your vision and work with you to configure the layout to best support your goals, office operations and efficient workflow. They’ll interview your staff to get an accurate perspective on how the space will be “used” vs. how it “looks.”

— Their experience and understanding of what works and what doesn’t will help ensure that all of your requirements are met right from the ginning without the need to make corrections once the initial work is completed.

So sign your lease and break open a bottle of champagne and after that’s done hire a space planner so that the job gets done right the first time.

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It’s Time to Take Chances with Art

february-3When I was a student at Parsons, one of my instructors said that there’s neither good design nor bad design – just a better solution. I think that’s true, and it can be true with the art you keep in your home or office, too.

As both a designer and a painter, I look at my clients’ properties and blank canvases the same way. Art is a matter of interpretation and problem solving – speaking to an artist’s preferences on light, balance, texture, color, materials and more. When you choose a piece to display, you’re picking up that interpretation and adding your own voice to it.

I cringe when a client says, “I love that painting, but it doesn’t match the color on my walls.” You should choose art that makes you react – whether a piece raises your senses, provokes thought or arouses you. Take your first reaction to heart.

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Adapt your art to the setting, but collect what you like. Although it might not be appropriate to hang nude paintings in an office, you can still cater to the style you like, be it modernist, Impressionist or anything else. Your preferred style of art can complement your setting or room design, or it can contrast it in an interesting and carefully considered way.

Think beyond the stretched canvas. You might come to love baskets, sculptures or glass work. In my own home, I have a collection of rocks that I took from beaches I visited around the world, and they sit center-stage in my entry foyer.

Having trouble getting started? Keeping your favorite pieces in storage because you’re not sure what to do with them? Give me a call. We’ll talk about your style and start wiping the dust off those frames.

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