Joshua’s Functional Warm Minimalism

published Jan 2, 2014
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Joshua Harris of 4th Wall Entertainment has just moved into his new office inside a famous Hollywood studio lot. Now home to his digital media production house, this office space was once occupied by Desi Arnaz, during the I Love Lucy years. With the help of Jeffrey Eyser and Alexis Karpf, they have transformed this classic space into a modern workspace that is both functional and cozy.

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Spinning a fresh design on your ‘typical’ editing house, Jeff and Alexis brought in organic warm elements with their wood plank wall, and fun color. Joshua’s private office houses his own editing station as well as newly powder coated vintage tanker desk. Layering organizational elements with a few design quirka, this office is the perfect place for 4th Wall Entertainment to continue to grow. One of my favorite features was the bar cart right next to the editing bay in the second room, ya know, for those long days at work 🙂 It’s nice to see a fully operational office that exudes personal character, yet is kept clutter free.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: We like warm minimalism. Clutter drives us crazy. We like things to have functionality as well as be aesthetically appealing. Nothing is worse in a production company workspace than design for design sake. Everything needs a purpose especially in a small space. Clean, modern, but comfortable.

Inspiration: The only thing we really wanted was a warm feature wall when you walk into the space. We let Jeff expand on that. We really liked the product that Stikwood offers with reclaimed wood, but it was much too expensive, and is more of a permanent application that we didn’t want to waste on a rented office space…so Jeff and Alexis made a feature wall from scratch. We agreed on the color palette of the space and some of what we needed in the communal areas (like an area for multiple work stations) and let Jeff run with it.

Favorite Element: Without a doubt it’s the stained wood feature wall.

Biggest Challenge: Figuring out how to have multiple workstations without losing the entryway of the office.

What Friends Say: Most production spaces are kept stark white, and have a few pictures on the wall because there is so much turnover once a production is over, but this office exudes the sense of a model home, which I’m not quite sure how Jeff and Alexis were able to bring that to fruition. It’s just a really warm, and inviting space that I would never have been able to fully envision.

Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: We didn’t really do anything to the executive washroom, so perhaps there are a couple quick bits we can add in there. However, it is quite small, so there may not be much we can do.

Proudest DIY: Finding the Stikwood so that Jeff and Alexis could knock it off for our feature wall.

Biggest Indulgence: Steel Santos powder Coated desk

Best Advice: Make sure everything has a place. If you have a home for your papers, your keys, your office supplies, etc, then you are free to let your mind be creative.

Dream Sources: CB2 has really been a surprise. Jeff and Alexis were able to do things with ikea products that I didn’t think were possible. They even made a magazine rack out of shower curtain rods from ikea.

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Resources Of Note

Entry Room:

  • Work table – Ikea
  • Barstools – Target
  • Reclaimed wood wall – Custom
  • Logo Sign – Custom
  • Sconces – Ikea
  • Ottomans – Target
  • Chandeliers – Ikea (wired into track lighting)
  • Magazine rack – Ikea towel bars
  • Bulletin board – CB2

Main Office:

  • Tanker Desk – Steel Santos
  • Edit desk – Ikea
  • Desk lamps – Ikea
  • Shelving and Drawers – Ikea
  • Desk chair – Vintage

Editing Bay:

  • Edit desk – Ikea
  • Bar – Ikea desk parts
  • Logo sign – Custom
  • Pillows – CB2
  • Pendant – Ikea

Additional Elements:

This is the lot where the original I Love Lucy show was filmed, and 4th Wall Entertainment’s office was actually once occupied by Desi Arnaz.

Established in 2006, 4th Wall Entertainment is a multi media creative content production company. They specialize in TV, commercials, documentaries, music videos, and creative marketing campaigns.

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Thanks, Joshua!

Also big thanks to Jeff + Alexis of Flip This Bitch!

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