Thursday, March 6, 2008
Style File: Office Envy
You will not find cozy quarters like these just anywhere. The employees here would love to live at work. In today's Style File, Seven's Belkys Nerey takes us inside a space that's sure to give you Office Envy.
WSVN -- White walls, a cubicle and maybe a place to hold your pens? If that's your office, you realize they don't call it the grind for nothing, but the new trend in office space is to go all out, and that's just what the lawyers of ABBRC in Miami's Design District did.
Jeremy Alters: "This is definitely over the top. We didn't need to go as far as we did. This wasn't about need but about want."
Jeremy Alters: "Law firms, as they stand, are great, they're wonderful, but they are boring half the time, so we wanted to go for something totally different."
The space designed by Briggs Edwards Design will make you want to quit your job and crash here. Let's start with the reception area that looks more like a living room. It's decked out with comfy couches, throws and Moroccan rugs. The real eye-popper, these silver walls.
Briggs Solomon: "We flew in a couple of girls, and they silver leafed it by hand. It's a big process, so it takes about seven different layers. It almost gives the illusion of snakeskin on the walls."
Snakes, not sharks, mind you. Next stop, the conference room, where the African walnut conference table was painted to make a power statement.
Briggs Solomon: "Again, we wanted it to be over the top, so we had it sprayed with Ferrari paint, actual Ferrari paint."
There's also a beaded chandelier from a museum in Paris and, overlooking the table, a very fitting painting of Batman.
Briggs Solomon: "It actually looks like Batman is contemplating, maybe contemplating a case, so we thought it would be a really cool idea to put it in the conference room, where a lot of people will be contemplating a lot of cases."
The law office runs like someone's home. It's complete with a kitchen that can double as a restaurant, a gym and cushy offices. A surfboard theme is also mixed throughout, since three of the lawyers surf.
Jeremy Alters: "We wanted the staff to be able to have the accommodations of home. So everyone is excited to come to work, which is nice. Everyone becomes more productive."
Belkys Nerey: "Here, at Channel Seven, I believe we would be much more productive with something like this. Maybe add in a whirlpool spa? Right over there, perhaps?"
Belkys Nerey: "Jeremy wouldn't give us a price range for the office, but he says it's worth every expensive penny."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Briggs Edwards Design
700 Biltmore Way
Coral Gables, FL 33134
ABBRC in the Miami Design District
4141 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137