American Society for Surgery of the Hand  - Creativity Room Annex

Three reclaimed wood floating bookshelves with a variety of vintage items, pair of wooden Dutch shoes, set of porcelain plates with Chinese emperors, Indian painting

CHALLENGE

Create an annex of the Creativity Room which was being used to capacity. The space needed to include a large dry-erase wall, a large screen TV, disparate seating areas for people to work individually, in small groups or as an entire team and there needed to be a "wow" component like the Tree House in the Creativity Room.

STARTING POINT

  • Long narrow room with only one window at the far end

  • 11 ft. ceilings

  • Half the walls exposed brick

  • Half the walls painted but with large electrical panels spaced out across the longest wall

  • Old elevator shaft at one end of the room with plywood floor and no lighting

  • Reclaimed wood floor

  • Existing industrial lighting in the main room

WHAT WE DID

We started with the elevator shaft and decided that it was the perfect spot for the unique design element in the room. We created and built a multilevel cushioned platform upon which employees could recline and sit. To make the space cozier, we suspended an array of African textiles from the ceiling to create a tent effect and added artwork to the walls.

In the main room, we started by positioning the dry erase wall, working around the electrical panels which we covered with a large textile to form an neutral background for the TV. On on wall we attached a pegboard from which we suspended an array of toys and receptacles with toys.

The majority of the furniture was vintage with some new items purchased due to some very specific needs verbalized by the client. The majority of the artwork was sourced from vintage and resale shops along with the items on the floating shelves, which we constructed and installed. We also purchased artwork from local artists.

To encourage play, we hung a series of wine crates which had been transformed into artistic holders for a variety of musical instruments that employees could grab and make music.

Before

Before photo of ASSH Creativity Room Annex
Before photo of ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Spring green walls and reclaimed wood floors, large screen tv on industrial wood and metal table, two orange and blue vinyl vintage chairs with ethnic woven coffee table, yellow pegboard with an assortment of toys and containers, orange and green vintage painted coffee table, modern green armchair with orange hexagon patterned pillow, ethnic tribal wall hanging

ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Floating shelves with vintage collectibles on an exposed brick wall, vintage off-white Scandinavian design couch covered with vintage handmade afghan throw, multi-colored striped rug, vintage coffee table painted orange, grass green and lime, Indian fabric folk art ottoman, modern green armchair, orange chevron patterned pillow

ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Antique tribal textile hanging over opening to old elevator shaft which is made of brick, stepped padded platform upholstered in a green fabric with ethnic flower pattern topped with striped handmade pillows and an artist embroidered textile art piece with an orange cat, African textile drapes

ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Old elevator shaft with brick walls and a tent-like draping of African Dutch waxprint textiles in a variety of patterns

ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Two guys with a laptop hanging out on a padded multi-tiered platform covered in a floral patterned green fabric and topped with striped woolen ethnic pillows, art textile wall hanging with orange embroidered cat, modernist brown faux leather armchair with ethnic patterned pillow, African textile drapes

ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Exposed brick wall with floating reclaimed wood shelves covered with vintage tchotckes and knick-knacks, green modernist armchair, orange, green & lime green painted vintage coffee table, ethnic Indian colorful ottoman, teal modernist armchair with green and white hexagon patterned pillow, creme vintage couch with striped crocheted blanket, musical instruments in repurposed wine crate wall shelves

ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Reclaimed wood floating shelf with vintage record album, small globe, painted miniature mannequin, wooden statue of kids marching, vintage glass bottle, vintage tin box with cow jumping over the moon, vintage red vinyl doll storage box

ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Exposed brick wall with repurposed wine crates embellished with musical images and holding various musical instruments such as a toy accordian, tamborine, xylophone, framed artwork of bear playing a banjo

ASSH Creativity Room Annex
ASSH Creativity Room Annex

Yellow pegboard with various vintage puppets, toys, purses, old lunch boxes with two vinyl vintage chairs in orange and blue with a woven wicker stool in green, orange and blue