This Transformation Is Giving Us Serious Office Envy

By: colleen clark

Can’t make it through a Monday without a triple Venti coldbrew? Then it might be time to change up your office design. Studies show that happy spaces lead to happy employees, who in turn, are more productive AND inspired. Coworking space Industrious got the memo and enlisted Laurel & Wolf to transform their downtown LA offices.

“We believe that people should be excited and proud to come to the place they work, and that that surge of good feelings will translate into their daily work,” Industrious National Launcher Leah Alexander says.

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Industrious has hosted employees from big companies like Hyatt, Spotify, and Lyft, to creative agencies, law firms, and tech startups across its 12 U.S. locations. And in order to accommodate everyone from freelancers to Fortune 500 companies, the company uses an inclusive approach. “We wanted the offices to be aspirational and professional: something anyone from an accountant to a social media director could be excited about and see themselves in,” says Leah.

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Starting with two private offices inside their 84-unit LA location, Laurel & Wolf and Industrious worked together to give companies a taste of how their environment can play a key role in their bottom line. “We pride ourselves on allowing our members to have creative freedom over their individual offices so that they can properly express their brand’s identity,” says Leah. Unfortunately, some of them don’t have the time or vision to effectively make their mark.

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Laurel & Wolf designer Ashley Bussell came to the rescue, designing two spaces with the same desks and Herman Miller chairs into totally different styles. The first look was urban Cali boho with natural materials like wood, wicker and ceramic lending a warm vibe to the industrial loft feel of the architecture. “I thought an airy design would open up the space really nicely, and the dark natural fiber rug will be durable for high traffic areas,” says Ashley.

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In the second private office, Ashley went with a more industrial-eclectic design. “I included materials like brass, leather, and cement in the desk accessories and textiles to warm up the space and provide a comfortable work area,” she says.

Industrious plans to open 15 more coworking spaces across the country in 2017. We’re gonna start bugging our boss now to move into one!

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Photos by Dustin Walker; Design by Ashley Bussell.

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