The nature of work has been evolving over the last two decades. We invest more and more time in front of computers, deadlines are increasingly urgent and we spend longer hours at the office. In this new normal, the work environment takes on higher importance; we want to feel comfortable and be inspired. A thoughtfully designed space, supporting a company’s culture and style helps to inspire creativity and innovation.
The founders of DOTS, an art-inspired mobile game studio with over 100 million players globally, understand the priority that needs to be placed on creating the right atmosphere for their team of illustrators, musicians, animators, designers and engineers. When recently expanding their workspace, they re-enlisted designer Sheena Murphy of sheep + stone who created their original 1,000 square foot offices.
“The space is approximately 8,500 square feet and programmatically, our goal for the design was to create several multi-functional spaces within a space”, explains Sheena. “We worked to establish a place where the team could work, play and hang out in a visually pleasing and highly functional environment. There were three key architectural materials used in the space; plywood, blackened steel and felt.
Lounge Chairs by Afternoon | Table by Friends & Founders
The calm, minimalist aesthetic of the office is announced in the entry. Modest materials and Scandinavian furniture set a fitting tone for the innovative product created by the DOTS team.
Sofa by Anne Boysen | Pendant Lighting by Muuto & Iskos-Berlin
“The office is housed in a neo-classical building with a view of the Hudson river + the new Whitney Museum and we wanted to highlight the original architecture of the space and embrace all the natural light the south-facing windows provide.”
Workstations by HAY
Small huddle and phone rooms provide privacy, while the open “bull-pen” like main workspace encourages collaboration.
Pendant Lighting by Iacoli & McAllister | Chairs by Arne Jacobsen
“The big architectural move in the space are the two main meeting rooms which we wrapped with felt and clad in bleached baltic birch plywood slats. We also wrapped felt around homasote panels to to help with acoustics and provide a surface on which to pin things. Blackened steel wraps the bottom of the meeting rooms, acts as a baseboard inside them, and was also used as the base for all the meeting tables in the office.”
“In terms of furniture, we kept the palette soft and simple and played with form so the communal areas of the office felt synonymous with the company’s brand but different from what you might see in a more typical game studio.”
Sofa by Muuto| Folding Chairs by Lassen
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle
Pink Wooden Chairs by Muuto | Sconces by Allied Maker
“We used plywood to make all phone room and meeting tables.”
Lounge Chair by New Works | Sofa by Erik Jorgensen | Coffee Table by Normann Copenhagen | Daybed by Menu
Traditional American office meets Scandinavian home was the visual narrative in my head throughout the design process. We focused on simple, neutral and desaturated tones and materials, playing with scale and shape to achieve this feeling. Sheena Murphy