I spent the morning working in a client’s office in downtown Oakland today. He had wanted a little refresh to his space which is an office in a large financial institution with strict rules about uniformity. For instance, we can’t paint, change out the furniture, alter the furniture, etc. Also, there are no windows or any natural light so it’s a toughie. And the client wants to be sure that whatever we buy for the space can be used in another office in the future if he ever changes jobs.
So today I got started. I had bought a few accessories and the client had brought in a table and bookshelf from home. I also planned to paint both the book shelf and the table but only got the bookshelf done today. He still plans to buy some art for the walls and a mirror he purchased hadn’t arrived yet so there is still plenty more to be done. But just the little changes made today are starting to make a big difference. Here is the before:
And here is the (preliminary) after:
(Please forgive the iphone pics). When the table gets painted and the mirror goes in on that wall I think it will make such a difference (as will the art). It’s been interesting designing a space and trying to keep it somewhat impersonal which is the opposite of what I do when working in someone’s home. Also, designing around that orange veneered desk has been a fun challenge.