CLIENT: YOUNOW OFFICES
DETAILS: INTERIOR DESIGN
PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER DRESSEL
YouNow is a live broadcast social media app company that relocated to Times Square. In addition to wanting a new headquarters that feels open, airy, young, and vibrant, these clients wanted an office that could offer its user base a unique opportunity to leverage their app product in their new location. We designed the office to include a performance stage that overlooks Times Square, but this stage is unique in that it offers YouNow talent a physical broadcasting platform for their virtual audiences. The open office can be reconfigured to focus on a performance event, yet in its everyday configuration the space offers staff dining, town-hall meeting assembly and informal 1-on-1 lounging. Workstations were designed to accommodate the company's working group configurations such that each pod of desks has an integrated breakout lounge and presentation area equipped with technologies for real-time performance feedback. Small private nooks, phone booths and lounges are distributed throughout the office to provide staff with productive breaks from their workstations.
"Justin designed and managed the build-out of our office space on Time Square when I moved a 80 person startup to new offices there. He is not only a world class designer, he's an absolute pleasure to work with. He carefully navigated the sometimes tricky differences in views between senior leadership of his client and he was extremely conscious of our budget requirements with very detailed and reliable financial projections. Design meetings and reviews with him was always fun - sometimes over coffee - sometimes over a bourbon. Our space ended up fantastic, looked 10x more expensive than what we actually spent on it and was completed perfectly on schedule." - Pieter Nel, Younow