6 months ago my CEO approached me and my co-worker/friend, Jentry, to design a “diner” space for our company. We acquired a space next door to our office (it was completely empty and abandoned) and had a small(ish) budget to work with.
We started with mood boards and sketches to work from.
We spent months collecting furniture and decor, hiring contractors and putting everything together.
Today we unveiled the space. To the left is our office and to the right is our new diner space. This is what it looks like as your step off the elevator.
We had our logo painted onto the concrete floor we had poured. We wanted to do stained concrete but there was an issue – so we just painted it.
Jeremy and I were up here last night until about 9:30 mopping, cleaning and covering the windows after Jentry and I had spent the entire day finalizing the space.
The space had to serve as three functions: a kitchen, a lounge and a conference area. We had to seat at least 23 people at a time. What you see here is the kitchen area. The first thing we decided to splurge on was the fridge. It’s gorgeous.
We got a lot of stuff from IKEA – including all the cabinets and sink.
This is the same backsplash Jeremy and I have in our kitchen – different color, of course. We also have the same holders for our utensils.
I love this vase. It’s from CB2.
Next to the kitchen is our lounge space.
The sectional is IKEA. We have an LCD TV mounted to the wall and a Wii to play.
We painted our columns with chalkboard paint.
If you want to be inspired read this excerpt from our Employee Brand Book.
The wall behind our couch is a functional collage of chalkboard squares (in red), metal cork/magnetic boards, cork boards, clocks, and plastic food trays.
Next to our LCD TV is the original Third Degree logo. Our CEO’s father-in-law crafted this out of metal with his own hands.
Last is our conference area.
Table from BoConcept, chairs from IKEA. Remember when I said I wanted to do a print on wood? Well, I went ahead and tested it out on our diner space first. My photographer, Simon, shot this photo of the exterior of our building. I had one of our printers print it on two pieces of 4′ x 6′ x .25″ plywood. I LOVE it. To the right is a magazine rack holding our Third Degree Employee brand books.
We all signed our names to this column during the grand opening of the diner (that took place about an hour ago).
I love this space and feel so lucky to have been given to opportunity to design it with Jentry.