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.