Two years ago, on this day, we made the bold decision to rent an office space in one of the prime locations in Bangalore. The space was a significantly large one for our small team of 4 back then but had big beautiful windows and a high ceiling that I absolutely loved. It was new, raw, with just four unfinished walls and nothing else. Over the two years, I have put in the effort to make this into a gorgeous workspace with a positive environment.
Having worked in the corporate sector before I started on my own, I knew I didn’t want a boring conventional office. I wanted an office that’s colorful and fun, apt to the creative work that we do. We decided on an open office layout but that presented the challenge of not having enough partitions to create sections. So, I’ve tried to put my aesthetic sense to use by turning the space into “layers” of color in order to create virtual sections. There is a lounge area for meeting the clients, there is a cozy study corner for browsing through the photobooks, team desks are lined against a side, there is a little nook for the video-editing table and Varun’s and my desks sit into a curved recess of one wall. We have kept the furniture layout flexible so that it can be rearranged to make extra space for our Photography Studio and for our workshops.
To keep it unconventional, I decided to go with rustic, vintage styled distressed furniture, bold color palette, and DIY decor with a lot of greenery. Some of the furniture is refurbished from the old ones that we had wanted to discard. My favorite is the center table which is made out of an old repurposed carved wooden door. Team desks are in White and Gold with a damask pattern in turquoise to match my Turquoise and Gold desk. I also love the console cabinet which was refurbished out of an old cupboard to match the desks. Curtains have been hand block printed. For decor pieces, we have used old unused cameras, even an unused radio from the 1970s (thanks to my dad). Most of the decor items were salvaged out of what I already had and some of them were handpicked from our travels. For example, the centerpiece of the gallery wall is a carved white and gold photo-frame that we picked up from Goa last year, the hanging pendant lamps in rust orange were Varun’s find from a factory in Jodhpur, the center floor lamp was picked up from IKEA Singapore, the wooden partition from a flea market in Jaisalmer.
Today, this space is the creative corner for my team of eight photographers and cinematographers and a badass beagle puppy. It’s a space we love frequenting. So there are no more boring Mondays!
Below is a set of pictures of my office and my second home. Drop by sometime!