An Urban Influenced Office Fitout

That rugged, western inspired office space located in Seattle’s hippest and coolest neighbourhood of Capitol Hill belongs to Urban Influence.

Although you typically won’t find any cowboys or gun-slinging vagrants lazing around these parts, their office sure looks like it’s home to a few. They specialise in the creation of authentic brands for various companies, and who would know more about branding than cowboys and their livestock?

Rugged office fitout
Urban Influence’s warm and woody office fitout.

Although Urban Influence recently moved into their new home, and the construction and design of the space isn’t entirely completed, the office looks spectacular so far.

They’re located in a big, open loft with an abundance of natural lighting, pendant lighting, exposed brick, old wood beams, and polished wooden floors. The furniture, however, is quite modern so the contrast is quite striking.

The space has a very rustic, old west inspired appearance, and the creators even opted to use custom-made tables for their employee workstations as to preserve the specific look they were going for.

I visited the property with a close friend of mine who does office fitouts in Melbourne and we were both impressed with the very warm and cosy feel of the rooms. My favourite aspect of the office was the conference room, where they have used reclaimed stable doors to give the office even more of that cowboy inspired feel.

I felt like jumping on a horse or something similar. In fact, they added the names of the horses that used to call that stable home to the doors, just so no one forgets what those doors were previously used for.

Solving the Office Blues

I recently visited a friend in the states and went on a tour of some amazing sites while I was there. Located in a historic building in Minneapolis is the newly renovated office of Mono, an advertising agency who works with the likes of Apple and Herman Miller.

The building once housed a print shop and car dealership before it sat vacant for nearly 20 years until Mono’s co-founder Chris Lange, Lazor Office and Flatpak House joined forces to create a workspace that is simple and open in design.

Mono is located in a neighbourhood known for funky shops, eateries and slick apartments. However, they fit right in with their very distinguishable, boldly coloured blue door,  which upon entering leads visitors down a path of finished concrete floors that still have flicks of colour from the old print shop.

The same blue from the entrance door can be found accenting the office’s bright white walls, as well as on ceiling beams and office doors, including a refinished barn door that slides open to reveal a modern conference room.

My favourite part of the office has to be Monos modern twist to the traditional office cubicle. The work pods that surround the heart of the office are playful, bright, and airy.

They still allow for privacy but eliminate feelings of isolation that are common with the more traditional cubicle.