Gasoline Alley is a new coffee joint around the corner from my office, as well as the next door neighbor to our friends @ Save Khaki + Save Haven. They really do make the best coffee around, in my opinion, and I once overheard one barista asking the other to check the temperature of the steamed milk. Details.
It seems as though they put that same love into the design of their modest space. Minimal, simple, tasteful, yet warm. It’s the kind of joint that makes you appreciate the surroundings without overpowering the beauty of their coffee.
The best way to re-invent an office like this one, is to just gut everything out and start all over. Which is exactly what we did. Every file, box, table, shelf, hook, nook and cranny was removed and placed in the loft next door. Then it was time to pour over more ideas and begin to draw up some plans that would utilize the space more efficiently, and pleasantly.
Just opening up one wall already makes it seem cleaner; more spacious. So what better excuse is there to re-paint? Exactly. A full weekend painting; that’s how we roll…
It’s all about the inspiration, though. If you lose motivation, you just stop. This office renovation has been a stop & go process, for the last 5 years, and this is the chance to change that for good. So in keeping with the motivational mood, some more aesthetically pleasing office images.
This latest project is not an easy one. A downtown NYC office with great (but inefficiently utilized ) space, combined with 30 years of archives & constant influx of people and projects – is in dire need of help. We’ve set up a list of needs and priorities, approved a budget, and took some “before” photos.
If, dear reader, you feel yourself reaching for a bottle of Valium after viewing the images above – take a breath and count to ten. We’ve remedied your stinging eyeballs with a few motivational images we’re collecting for this project.