Color Inspiration from Austin's McGarrah Jessee Building

Color Inspiration from Austin's McGarrah Jessee Building

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Adrienne Breaux
Dec 15, 2010

Of all the things I found inspiration in during a recent trip to Austin advertising firm McGarrah Jessee's new office building, you might find it odd that I'm posting about some tile I found in the woman's restroom. But I just absolutely fell in love with the Mid-Century Modern-inspired color palette and had to share!

Founded in 1996, McGarrah Jessee is 75-person strong advertising agency known for their collaborative ideas and its non-traditional and guerrilla marketing campaigns. Starting in November of this year, they've now had something new to be known for: their fabulous new office building.

McGarrah Jessee settled into Austin's historic Starr Building, considered an especially amazing example of Texas Mid-Century Modern architecture. The interior design was done by the internationally renowned Florence Knoll and the inside features a rather stunning mural by the important twentieth-century artist Seymour Fogel.

So again, the bathroom, you might ask? Believe me, as soon as the holidays are over I'm going to try to show you lots more inspiring photos of the interiors of this fun and retro office space, but while at their opening party soiree I got the chance to slip away and admire (and shoot) their bathrooms — and fell in love with the tiles. Featuring a bold and strong color palette, I love the retro mix of hues, but also the mix of glossy and matte tiles (perhaps not as easy to see in the photos). I'd love to see this palette in a residential home — I think it could translate directly to bathroom or kitchen tiles, or even expand to wall paint colors and other furnishings!

Images: Adrienne Breaux, McGarrah Jessee's Facebook profile

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