Office drones may have missed the memo, but the co-working office model is all the rage now, as communal desks meet mobile workers meet Starbucks.
That said, there have been detractors, especially amongst designers such as Jeremy Levitt and Andrew Cohen, co-founders of New York-based Parts and Labor, who decries the predictability of 21st century co-working office design. ‘Too often we’re seeing the same youthful, millennial-driven concepts,’ he says.
Which is why when his studio was approached by Amro Qaddura, Scott Sassoon and Peter Korbel to create Blender, a co-working office on the eighth floor of a turn-of-the-century block in mid-town Manhattan near Madison Square Park, it was an opportunity to work in what he describes as ‘the elegant tones and materials of the mid-century era, while also integrating intuitive technology and modern industrial accents’.
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