Before & After: A “Blank Canvas” Office Gets a Hip New Look

published Nov 24, 2015
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(Image credit: Submitted by John )

I moved small my app development to Gowanus a couple of months ago. The coworking space just opened, and I was inspired by the potential of a new space and ‘blank canvas.’

(Image credit: Submitted by John )

All of the furniture is new while most of the office decoration was stuff I had on hand. There’s a lot of IKEA furniture, but it’s been carefully curated not to compete for attention: The desk is an IKEA walnut countertop, and the legs and cabinets are white powder coat items designed to disappear, making the office feel bigger. The bookshelf is also IKEA—in a light-gray wood grain. Desk chairs are Herman Miller Setu chairs, the walnut stool/table is from Room & Board, the sofa from—Urban Outfitters! Walnut coat hooks are from Blu Dot.

The white powder coat bookrack displays my favorite sci-fi book covers and works as a vertical element that visually connects the lower and upper half of the office. A black cast iron owl and whale minimize the black Dropcam on the built-in shelf. The raw brick wall holds a red 1940s GE clock that belonged to my grandfather; I replace the cord he put on in the 70s with a gray cloth-wrapped cord I found on Etsy.

Two vintage astronomy classroom charts are on the walls, keeping in the spirit of my company’s name, Tinrocket. (I make Waterlogue—An App Store Best of 2014 app—and other creative photo apps.) The picture ledge behind the desk is also white powder coat and allows me to place pictures near the light switch or quickly swap out the inspiration on display.

Finally, I put my company logo on the glass, but may opt for privacy frosting at a later date.

Thank you, John!