Describe your office space to us
In 2009, we purchased and renovated our current building, which was built in the early 1900’s. We had two main objectives for this space: to house our ever-growing staff, and to create a space for our clients to get out from under the glare of fluorescent lighting, kick off their shoes, and innovate. We focused on keeping the history of the building intact while adding modern elements; we think we’ve created a great blend of the old and the new.
Functionally, we wanted the floor plan to encourage collaboration, celebration, and agility in order to provide crazy collaborative space to those who need to be loud and creative, as well as those who need focus time with nooks and crannies that allow them to hide away and get work done.
Where did the inspiration for your office space design come from?
In 2005, the seven of us employed by Seek (we’ve now grown to over 30) gathered around a single coffee table, seated either on the couch or the floor, with nothing more than a common goal, our collective brainpower, and a white board. This took place in a tiny, class C office space smack dab in the middle of suburbia – we could only move up from there.
These tight quarters created an experience that evolved into what we have lovingly called “the living room factor,” a phenomenon that has produced some of our most innovative ideas.
As we’ve grown over the past decade, Seek’s Consultants, Facilitators, and Project Managers have experienced the best and worst spaces from around the country and around the world. We brought insights from these experiences back to Seek, and we’ve translated these experiences into a totally new kind of home for us and a totally new kind of meeting space for our clients.
What is your favorite part/design of your office space and why?
Our central staircase features photos from our staff that are displayed in a gallery format; each of these photos represents what inspires us as individuals. Just like in our work, we dig down past the exterior to understand what truly moves people in their work and in their life. These photos provide our people and our clients with a small window into the lives of each of us.
From a design perspective, this space also has many different textures to it – warm wood floors, crisp white painted trim, rough exposed brick, giant windows, and a fantastic bubble chandelier.
Do you feel that having a well designed and inspiring office has changed the way you and your employees work?
The design of our space and the people within it definitely makes for a different space to work in. The design encourages collaboration, which is necessary for our type of work. Our dress code also plays a big role. We come to work as we are, not with our business selves on, which results in a richer and more authentic experience for our clients. And since our clients spend a lot of time under the same roof as our staff, we hope that our space and culture encourages them to do the same.
If you could use one word to describe the feel of the office space, what would it be?
Transformative, like our people and our methods.
Tell us about your company
Seek is a boundary-pushing innovation boutique that integrates insight, inspiration and ideas anchored in raw consumer empathy.
it’s one thing to “know” an insight, it’s another to feel it. our immersive learning experiences leverage consumer empathy to drive better, faster decision making.
our in-house production team brings learning to life through multimedia and transformative experiences.
big ideas happen when insight, empathy and inspiration collide with creative and technical expertise. Our transformative ideation experiences leverage nine core neuroscientific principles to create this confluence with your team.
At Seek, we believe in the extraordinary creative potential of human beings; our job is simply to release it.
The LR by Seek is a business adjacency of Seek.
When you do ideation for a living, you get a good feel for what works, so when we built The Living Room by Seek we built the kind of space that we would dream of working in. (Hence, the modular writing spaces, the impossibly flexible room setup, the artisan local catering and the whatever-you-need service. We also built in a two-story indoor/outdoor slide because, who doesn’t want a slide?).
The Living Room by Seek – www.thelivingroombyseek.com
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