office interior design basics

office interior design basics

(music) i'm keri maletto andthis is office spaces. i'm overseeing a majortelevision studio renovation without evercalling - "cut!". construction is in full swing,the creatives are still hard atwork, and the show must go on. so it's my jobto keep everyone and everything runningsmoothly and on time.

i might be in overmy head but with the right tools andthese guys, it's going to be an interestingride. on this episode ofoffice spaces it's the final countdown to the end of ourconstruction timeline. we'vecompleted so much in so little time. here's a look back ateverything we've accomplished so far.

before i took over asproject manager, kalyn, our designer met with mark alfierito overhaul this empty warehouse and turn it into a modularoffice area for 50 employees. she also, collaborated with thearchitect and general contractor to create an updated postproduction facility in the front half of the building. there wereplenty of hiccups, and hold ups. i can not believe that justhappened.

and then one major babybump, soon it was pretty clear that kalyn would be taking offon maternity leave. which iswhere i came in. i jumped onboard and hit the ground,and roof, running. the h-vac unitsand skylights were installed. the building was sealed withspray foam, the modular office area was built in record timecomplete with a one of a kind mural, the flooring was laid,the fiberoptics connected, most

of the lighting went in and wegot some pretty great seats for our future workspaces, we evenmanaged to have some fun along the way. (crash, laughter). (music)there's still a lot to do before thisstudio is complete, and ryan and russ are in a race against timeto complete the edit bay, audio suite and the green room. remember the hold up when thiswall came down?

well, it wasn't such aneasy fix,and now, the small aesthetic changes,our cco, made are becoming a much bigger deal. if you wanted tostraighten this wall, you'd have to remove al of that which is aton of work. not to mention,on top of this, you have 2 x 12 beams going this way,holding this structure up. sobasiclly it's like a house of cards.

it's very strong but ifi take this out, it gets weak there, it gets weak there andit gets weak up there. okay. so while they hashit out, here's a message from our friends at the drawshop. you v'e heard it before. first impressions are everythingin business. how you dress,act and speak make an impact on everyone you meet.

but a client's first realimpression isn't just about you, it's about youroffice space too. truth is, how your office looksand feels says a lot about your brand. make sure thatwherever the initial interaction takes place, wheather it's thelobby or reception. you're putting your best foot forward. at brandstar, the client's needsalways comes first.

whichbecomes clear the minute you step into their newly renovatedtv studio. the front lobbyfeatures a modernized well-stocked client servicesarea. a 16 foot garden wall,streaming natural light. the best in led technology. cozy green rooms. hi-techtv screens showcasing the latest in brandstar entertainment.

andof course, state-of-the-art, edit and audio suites. all of this is topped off with adedicated director of first impressions, who's main focus ismaking sure every one is happy. so, when clients enter yourbuilding. how does it makethem feel? you want people toequate your company with warmth, expertise andprofessionalism. so show them they're in goodhands and start thinking about

what your space says about you. after all, you'll never get asecond chance to make a first impression. (music) welcome back, as the projectmanager, my job is make sure our clients have everything theyneed when our greenroom is finally complete. contraryto what you might think about the fast-paced world of showbiz,there's a lot of sitting around.

whichis why i've been looking for seating that allows clientsprivacy and comfort while they're waiting. i found exactlywhat i needed in these workstation pods. today i'mmeeting with joe agati, jr to talk more about this populartrend in furniture design. welcome to our studios joe, it'sso nice to have you here. we're just two peas in a pod.make that two pods.

tell me alittle bit more about your company. so about ourcompany, agati furniture was started by my dad in the early80s, it's a family owned business, his background is insculpture and furniture, he started off by making one offpieces in residential markets and things like that and thenfell into the public library market. then from there thebusiness has grown into college

university, aviation, healthcareand things like that and we've always stayed focused on what wecall the public space. sowhere we're seated right now, what are these called? these are called the pod. that makes it very obvious. simple. so joe,tell me, how did the team at agati come up with this design?

so the team at agati cameup with the pod design by observing human behavior. wehave a product called the hampton banquets and it's itcomes in what we call like rectilinear forms or circularforms and we noticed is that people would sit in the circularforms 1% of the time and it's designed for 3 to 4 people soit's a loss of space and it's not a very effective use thesame respect we noticed people would sit in carrols, so that'smore than individual space and

when we have a two in the sameenvironment there is a greater seating population going towardsthe banquettes. so we noticedthere is a gap we're seeing single individual users and whyis that gap happening and so what the banquettes because itcovers the back of you and even front of you. we determined thatthis is really speaking to someone's kind of naturalinstinct to want to feel safe and protected want to be able tofocus.

the pod gives you thatfeeling because your back is covered and the front of you iscovered as well so this way you can feel comfortable and securethat's part of the back part and then you can focus becauseyou're not distracted by people walking by so there's a lot ofthought that goes into how you create these. yes,absolutely. what othertypes of furnishings do you have the pod was the first stepand then we evolved from there

we get we should do two-personpod so we have a one, 2 and then 3 plus. what we're sittingin right now is definitely like a creative collective area somuch happening here is the intent of putting these pieceshere. what we find worksbest is find a good balance for the culture of the environmentso in a creative type space yes you want to have a level ofcollaboration and communication but people sometimes need tohunker down.

i need to sit downi need to focus i need to make a phone call i need to punch outmy email, so it's really trying to balance that space open isgreat but not open all the time. so we've made a lot ofchanges here at the studio to be green and eco-friendly. how doesagati determine that they're going to be eco friendly? we look at everything frommaterials we select our transporting of the product, allour products are transported all

without using back materials weuse reusable blankets to transport stuff all over thecountry, we look at the way we source stuff so that everythingis made in the us currently we also look at the materials andeven the construction of the furniture so longevity isimportant to us everything agati does has a 10 year warranty andthat's what we like to look at the minimum of how long stuffshould last, so just making product that will last a longtime helps it to be sustainable and the materials we use thingslike felt here like on the

screen which is a greatmaterial. felt is all naturalbecause its made from wool. it'sa great material because its very durable, it'll last a longtime. what is your designphilosophy at agati? agati's design philosophy isreally focused on solving problems there's a differencebetween someone's like desk that they sit at all day versus alounge area, the desk implies personal ownership they're gonnatake better care of it and it's

not that people are choosing tobe in a rude or disruptive or destroy things it just more ofwhen it's not yours you take less personal ownership so whenwe design things like the pod for example we designed them tobe with that intent that someone cannot personally take ownershipof this so this has to be designed to a different level ofdurability and functionality. i noticed that there'sactually outlets. yeah sowe include outlets in the pods and with all of our furniture wetry to figure how we're going to

integrate electrical into it soin this particular we try to bring the electrical outlets upto the work surface so you can plug three devices in and you'vegot two usbs and then a three prong outlet there and the podsare designed to be butted together and you can actuallyrun electrical to the whole system so you only have to beover one electrical outlet at it's very importantbecause a lot of buildings even built 10 years ago are severelyunderpowered for today's needs. since you have the differenttypes of pods that means you can

customize right? how does agatiwork with each individual business and their needs? we like to work with each personand dissect kind of their needs and their space so everybodykinda falls into a core set of needs or principles that theyhave to satisfy but depending on the individual institution oroffice culture you need to kind of tailor that the fit that soagati prides itself on being able to have this core line ofproducts but then also take and

customize and modify things tokinda really speak to that individuals need. wow, soyou observed human behavior and then figured out a way to handlethe problem. yesthat's design. coming upnext, no office is complete without these two things, (music)welcome back, what would an office bewithout..

a printer? in thisproductiion studio it's where we print call sheets and scriptsfor the talent and crew. nowthat our printer room is ready to rock,our creative copy catscan finally print scripts in the studio instead of having to goto the brandstar office across the street. how's that forprogress?! alot of people don't think about

a printer as doing multiplethings but the konica minolta product is really versatile. itallows you to have the ability to print from the cloud, you canscan things to the cloud. we useapple airprint, we have the ability to use airfieldcommunication so you don't even need to be on a current networkto print wirelessly by just tapping your phone on thecontrol panel of the product. konica minolta is keeping theenvironment in mind and you'll

never guess what they make theseprinters out of, (we use recycled plastics with thedevelopment of the product itself and in the manufacturingprocess, so a big percentage of the plastics that you see areactually made from recycled milk jugs where we're able to reusethat plastic and use it in the manufacturing facility. one ofthe great things about the product is we have the abilityto install apps on the product. similar to what you have on yourphone it's called the bizhub

marketplace. and we have appssuch as environmental apps, cloud based software management,we can do things such as the ability to customize your panel. there are so many billions andbillions of pages and created every single day. especiallywith the web and with everything that's available. what peoplereally want is the ability to

grab whatever content they wantwhether it's in the cloud or on their desktop and print thatwirelessly when they need it. the crew decided to put konicaminolta's power, performance and digital imaging to the test. (music)it passed with flying colors. on the topic oftech, here's a message from our friends at the draw shop. tech advices in the office spacehave blasted off over the past

25 years. remember those reelsof tapes for videos? it was aquick skip to cd's and then to the digital domain. hd 4kquality recording look crispier than anything seen on televisionbefore. what will tomorrow looklike in this arena? and, unless you had a friendwith a helicopter or deep pockets for specializedequipment, you were out

of luck when it came to gettingfly by or action shots. now allit takes is a drone or a gopro to collect the best, hi qualitydigital video whenever you need it. and it's cheap. lightningcommunication, instant sharing of media and video, not tomention digital and social sharing. it's all here.

and were using it all together tosuper charge our post production abilities. we're alsoconnecting our corporate buildings and production studiosinto a unified campus in a way that would leave people evenfrom the last decade god smacked. with everythingturning digital, being able to be shared instantly across alldevices, we're in the middle

of a work revolution driven bytech. so from dusty chalkboards to digital internet enabled smart boardsbeing used in our conference rooms. we're riding the techrocket and finding better ways to work. (music)when you have a lot of copies tomake,standing for long periods of time can be exhausting onyour body.

check out the rugi put in here. it's from shorerugs, it's an ergonomically minded rug that's perfect forany room where there's a lot of standing around. it comes in so many differentcolors and sizes, it can litteraly go anywhere. shorerugs is actually the world's frst ergonomic rug. perfect forindoors and outdoors.

it'swaterproof, uv and flame resistant, non slip, easy toclean and it's unique fully handwoven weave provides acushioning and highly supportive massage like experience. what's happining keri? hey,what's going on jason? how are you? what's this? ohthis is the shore rugs i was

telling you about. i got a fewof them and i put one in here. because obviously we spent a lotof time standing in here. and you can feel the difference,right? yeah, yeah. for when you go from the floorto here. so it helps fightfitique and actually that's why i'm putting one in the makeuproom. amesome.

can you put onein my office? i can. i'll have it deliveredto you later this afternoon. great, appreciate it. alright have a good day. alright you too. these shore rugs have become ahot commodity. jason seems tobe enjoying his too. thankskeri.

your welcome. ourconstruction operations guys have been workinghard,and you know what they say about all work and no play, soto give everyone a little break, and to put our new folleticemaker to the test, the crew threw ryan an after hoursimpromptu birthday party. these littlechewblets of ice,yes, i said chewblets, because they're softand chewy are totally delicious too.

the machine is energyefficient it keeps up with our thirty crew by making up to 125pounds of ice a day, and ryan said it was easy to install. (music)cheers! remember earlierryan told mark about the issue with the wall? well,so basiclly it's like a house ofcards. there, it gets weak there, andthere.

well that smallproblem may have caused an even biggerone. thisis looking good i think we're gettingclose here. i mean you know itlooks like just paint and a few things thatwe need to do but... we've made someprogress but we have one little setback.

okay, what'sgoing on here? so you know thiswas supposed to be the audio roomwe're taking down this wall. we openthe wall up and we have two load-bearingbeams, so we didn't know this until wetook down the wall so now we have toreinforce the top.

reinforce the top! yeah. so you'resaying is these structural walls won'twork as they sit now? no,because they're load-bearing so we're going tohave to reinforce, put a new beam on thetop. youknow i think we're going to have to pushproduction back by at least a

coupleweeks. wow! i didn't expectthis, i mean i know you were changing thedesign but this is going to set us back. we haveclients that are gonna be coming inthe studio so let's figure it, out let meget on the phone with george our contractor and can see whathe comes

up as far as a solve to do thisquickly because if not we might have toredesign this, if we can't make thathappen because we can't be down morethan a few more weeks. right. so okay, soyou just found this out? just now.

okay, welli'll get on the phone with him and i'lllet you know what happens from there andthen walk the revisit this. sounds good. all right. thanks. lookslike there's going to be a bit of a hold up.

goodthing the rest of the project is ontrack. coming up on thisseason of office saces, the ceiling panels aregoing in. the plan art system finds itsnew home. our lobby gets even greener andwe're one step closer to a productionstudio of the future. that does itfor this

episode of office spaces. i'llsee you next time. (laughter and cheering)now can we put music on? yes,now we can put music on. (music)ole!

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