Desire for office: Charlie & Co.


Society Charlie & Cie. | HQ 1601 Utica S. Ave., Unit 212, St. Louis Park | Cut 2,400 square feet | Designate Charlie & Co. in partnership with iSpace Environments, Admit One, Ellington & Co. Design | Service provider TELOS

Home design work demands inspiring space. Architectural firm Charlie & Co. recently traded in a cramped North Loop office for a brand new space in the new 10 West End office building. The company has created a head office that exudes what its partners call “sophisticated comfort”. This includes private workstations fitted with large, ergonomic drawing desks, adjustable for sitting or standing. Almost all of the rooms are equipped with technology that makes it easy to project plans or hold hybrid meetings. Glass walls allow natural light to flow throughout the space. The centerpiece of the office is a huge counter – 17 feet long – where designers, technical consultants, and clients can work together. “The art of what we do is a collaboration of very talented people, not only with our office, but also with other companies that come on the scene,” says Charlie Simmons, founding director and designer of the company. “So being able to create a space that allows our team to share with other teams and vice versa, without disrupting the rest of the office, was very important to us. ”

The workstation modules are separated by Sheetrock walls which start low and curve against the glass wall for privacy. Floor-to-ceiling fabric contributes to the acoustics and softens the space.
Floor-to-ceiling acoustic glass panels soundproof the main conference room.
Floor-to-ceiling acoustic glass panels soundproof the main conference room.
The main designers of the company are known to throw Wiffle balls at the glass between their desks to attract each other's attention.
The main designers of the company are known to throw Wiffle balls at the glass between their desks to attract each other’s attention.
The central space includes a reception area as well as the 17-foot island, which serves as the core of the office.  Towards the rear is the kitchenette and through the paneled door is a 'secret room' where printing and storage can be hidden.
The central space includes a reception area as well as the 17-foot island, which serves as the core of the office. Towards the rear is the kitchenette and through the paneled door is a ‘secret room’ where printing and storage can be hidden.

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