The primary attraction of the workplace inside is its so-called Living Room, for which Olson Kundig namesake Tom Kundig conceived a monumental coffee-height desk that encourages gathering. Measuring 144-square-foot desk in complete, the desk is split into 6-foot-square and 800-pound quadrants that may be wheeled out and in of assorted configurations. All 4 quadrants had been assembled from timber offcuts by British Columbia fabricator Spearhead, one other of Olson Kundig’s repeat collaborators. One of the quadrants additionally incorporates a turntable and document assortment curated by Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. “It would be like a love note from the Pacific Northwest to New York,” Kundig says of his preliminary imaginative and prescient for the centerpiece.
“The design was really the crescendo of a conversation that Alan and I had, about our memories of gathering around a table with our teacher Astra Zarina in her home in Campo dei Fiori in Rome,” Kundig says. “She would have a pile of fantastic candles in the center of the table, and we’d all have negronis and sit in conversation together. The design is another love note, back to Astra and her table and the community that gathered around it. That spirit of collegial conversation and sharing is what we are looking to nurture in this new office space, so the table felt just right.”
To domesticate neighborhood and trade, Olson Kundig will conduct its conventional Thursday design critiques and host common displays and different occasions within the New York workplace, along with its Ledge programming. Parwani significantly appears ahead to utilizing the area to forge relationships with New York–based mostly designers and artists, noting, “While we have been part of the design discussion for six decades, the New York office gives us the ability to engage a global community in new and exciting ways.”