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Grand Rapids Startup Gets a Brand New Office Design Plan | Day Session Diaries



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SO! I'm trying something new here...


After I complete a Designed in a Day session, I almost always give a little recap on my instagram stories. I like to give a quick overview of the project, showcase the layout, share the clients vision, and what we came up with.


Of course, I always have grand intentions of writing detailed blog posts for each of these, and today I thought, what if I simply download the stories from archives, and share then inside of a blog post!


I have no idea of this will be good or not...but lets give it a go and see what we think!


Our guinea pig for this endeavor will be a session I did a few weeks back for an open concept office design.




The client is a software startup, and the space included two flex office spaces for zoom/collaboration work, a conference room, and a large open work area with work stations for 16+ people, a kitchen, and a couple sitting areas.



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Below you can see the full layout. We had a LOT to cover in a small amount of time (3000 square feet worth, to be exact!!), so I didn't spend time making the layout look as pretty as usual. As you can see, we came up with a very functional layout that included four groups of four desks, two sitting areas, a dining area, and the three flex rooms:

Birdseye view of a Grand Rapids office floor plan with furniture placement

First up is the entryway sitting area (style board/layout below), which we sort of tucked into a small bump-back in the front wall. This created a very welcoming homey entrance into the space, and is set apart enough from the desk areas so that people gathering to meet here wont disturb those working at the desks:


modern office seating area design mood board with furniture paired with a 2D layout of the office space

For the work stations (below style board/layout), we went with very simple sit/stand desks from Ikea (we needed to go with some budget-saving pieces because this is, of course, a startup!). Each group of desks would also have a modern storage credenza so that team members have a place to stash their personal items.


modern office work station design mood board with furniture paired with a 2D layout of the office space

The next zone is what we dubbed the "central sitting area". I wanted this to be a very funky statement area, and because of it's proximity to the kitchen/cafe area, I have a feeling it will get used more for hanging out or taking little breaks and such, so I wanted it to feel fun and lively.


I chose a funky low green sofa paired with two round low leather chairs, and grounded all of this on another abstract rug that tied in well with our other two main rugs in the space. We added an additional credenza with lamp lighting and a mirror to bounce around all that window light, and topped it off with an on-brand oversized canvas.

modern office sitting area design mood board with furniture paired with a 2D layout of the office space

Next we move into the kitchen/cafe area (below style board/layout). We wanted to have lots of different seating options and in different heights to create some dimension in a very open space. In the back corner, we tucked a banquet with a couple dining chairs around a square cafe table, and planned for three additional round cafe tables in both regular height and bar height.


Lastly, we added a kitchen island counter-height table in front of what will be a run of cabinetry with a full kitchen setup to create a gathering place in the kitchen area.

modern office cafe design mood board with furniture paired with a 2D layout of the office space

The first of the flex-rooms (below style board/layout) will be their conference room, which is the largest of the three and right off the entry. In here, we planned to use a dark wood dining table with brass accents as our conference table, and paired that with dusty pink and black dining chairs.


The credenza you'll see repeated throughout the project in a few different places, and we also brought in some funky artwork that felt on-brand, as well as a modern abstract area rug:


modern office conference room design mood board with furniture paired with a 2D layout of the office space

The next flex room (below style board/layout) will have that same credenza, and we created two different zones within the space—a sitting area for two, and a high top bar table where four people could meet to collaborate around the TV mounted on the wall.

modern office break out room conference room design mood board with furniture paired with a 2D layout of the office space

In the final flex room (below style board/layout), we also created two zones. The first is the same set up as the other flex room, a sitting area with two chairs and a side table for two people to collaborate, as well as a small cafe table for zoom calls and other collaboration.

modern office break out room conference room design mood board with furniture paired with a 2D layout of the office space

Lastly, our client's suite also came with a small, covered, outdoor balcony area (SO jealous!!). We put together a small outdoor sitting area with a couple accent chairs, sofa, and coffee table. I have no doubt this will be the most coveted place in the office to work!

modern office outdoor space design mood board with furniture paired with a 2D layout of the office space


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So there you have it!


We used every. last. SECOND of our Designed in a Day session to finish out this design plan, but we essentially created a full furniture plan for the entire 3000sqft office space in JUST ONE SESSION! I was pretty impressed with our efficiency, if I do say so myself 😏


You can take a look at the collection below. These customized collections are what our day session clients walk away with. What's great is that they can either purchase items all at once, or gradually over time as their budget allows.


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