Welcome the next edition of Creative Spaces. On the edition we look into the interior work space of June Advertising. Rob Mucciaccio, June's Owner/Creative Director, was very kind to retell the story of designing and setting up June's open-environment space. Take a look inside.
"When we opened June and set out to find space, we were faced with two challenges — cool and affordable. Downtown Omaha was the answer to both. There is an abundance of beautiful, old space that is either renovated or waiting to be renovated, and some if it is reasonably priced.
The walls were khaki, and the trim was olive green when we moved in. Sarah and Charity thought it needed a boost, so using the colors of our logo, they set out to spruce it up. Though she's a writer, Sarah out-paints every art director/designer in the place. Painting did get a bit comedic with a couple quarts of magnetic paint. Someone — who shall remain nameless — used it on metal support columns throughout the space. Yes, metal is already magnetic.
For the furniture, Liz and I rented a Ryder truck and drove to IKEA in Minneapolis. Again — it's cool and was affordable. We picked everything out, paid for it and loaded it onto the truck all in one day. Damn-near divorced right there in the store, but we got it done.
As for the open-environment, none of us had ever worked in one before, but we'd heard good things about it and felt it was the progressive thing to do. (Not to mention cheaper.) Three years later, I'm really glad we did it and can't imagine the space any other way. Communication flows. The excitement of hearing good news or the frustration of bad news is felt by everyone all at once. People are less apt to stew over a design or an idea and more apt to turn around and say, "What do you think of this?" I read Tim Siedell's comments in this blog about creating/working in an open environment and couldn't agree more with his points. Especially #8 – Embrace the chaos. Most of us aren't wired to work and interact this way, but if you give it a chance, the benefits far outweigh the challenges."