AN OFFICE PARTY needn’t be a dull affair. In fact, the folks behind some of Sacramento’s creative agencies are proving that throwing a stylish get-together is all in a day’s work—especially when the office is designed with entertaining in mind.
At the graphic design firm Position Interactive, which recently relocated to sleek new digs near downtown’s DOCO complex, owner Ali Zamanian sees workplace gatherings as an opportunity to make and strengthen connections, both personal and professional. To that end, he enlisted Kaila Niles and Emily Wilder of WOOL Design, a local residential and commercial interiors firm, to create an adaptable space capable of hosting talks, classes and social events on a whim.
“Three thousand square feet is a lot of space for just six people, but we set it up so that we could have experiences here,” explains Zamanian. “I wanted to have a space that fosters the creativity of everyone who works here and where we can collaborate with the rest of the creative community and bring people in who we might not otherwise have met.”
To create the sort of open atmosphere that Zamanian was seeking, Niles and Wilder reconceived what had previously been a dark room with black ceilings, mini blinds covering the tall windows and segmented work areas that made the space feel smaller than it actually is.
A fresh look was achieved through light-toned flooring, white walls and ceilings, and two towering fiddle-leaf fig trees that breathe life into the room. Vertical wooden slats affixed to the walls add texture to a space that pays homage to both Japanese and Danish design.
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