office remodel

PERFECT PRODUCTION – V

PERFECT PRODUCTION – V 520 347 admin

“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them
while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

BEFORE - EXEC LOUNGE

BEFORE | EXECUTIVE LOUNGE

After an amazing experience remodeling an entire floor for a fab production company, we find ourselves at the denoument of this project.  A large alcove within the office was begging to be transformed into a useable space.   With great thought given to every detail in the entry, kitchen, communal living room, conference room and brainstorm room, the partners needed a space to unwind or meet with clients in professional yet relaxed setting.

BEFORE - SWIVEL CHAIRS

BEFORE | SWIVEL CHAIRS

These swivel chairs had seen better days.  But that didn’t stop us!  The perfect size and shape, we knew these beauties could be given new life in a yummy tufted velvet.

Executive Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein |Photo by Amy Bartlam.

With variegated grey carpeting in all of the office spaces, a giant white hide breaks up the monotony and adds texture.  Airy and open, this room welcomes visitors with a comfy place to enjoy a cocktail after a long meeting.  A pair of marble and chrome coffee tables can be moved apart when needed for additional surfaces.   A pop of yellow brightens a grey sofa in our Turkish silk velvet textiles.

Executive Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein |Photo by Amy Bartlam

Navy is one of my favorite colors.  Classic, yet bold, this hue of blue always rings true.   These armchairs were so thrashed we immediately sent them for reupholstering, but picture that they were covered in burlap, yikes!  Antique brass nail heads outline the frame of these dreamy seats.  The softest alpaca pillows you’ve ever felt add some extra cush for your tush.  A single wall was painted blue to bring some dimension to this very long room.   We loved this vintage NY times print in their old office, and found it a perfect home in the exec lounge.

Exec Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

I’ve been mildly obsessed lately with stripping vintage furniture of any stain or paint, and leaving the natural raw beauty to shine.  It adds interest and keeps everything from looking too sleek and matchy-matchy.  This marble top round table was just the right size for sketching out the next great idea, or just doodling to unwind the mind.  We put plants throughout the office because we always love a touch of nature indoors, and with limited fresh air, these beauties help purify the space.  This was one of our most exciting projects to date.  Nothing brings greater joy than knowing your clients love every inch of a redesigned and renovated space.  Seeing these creative minds in action, is nothing short of extraordinary.  This really was, a perfect production.  Finis.

XO,
D.L.

 

PERFECT PRODUCTION – IV

PERFECT PRODUCTION – IV 520 347 admin

“Create lightning bolt ideas during brainstorms by causing disturbances in your atmosphere.”
– Ryan Lilly

BEFORE | BRAINSTORM ROOM

BEFORE | BRAINSTORM ROOM

What does every great creative office need?  A brainstorm room!  Sure, great ideas could arise over morning coffee talks in their kitchen, bounced around in their communal living room, or presented in their conference room.  But a room to close yourself off from the world, to do nothing but create, is an amazing amenity amongst a place constantly buzzing with people.   read more

PERFECT PRODUCTION – III

PERFECT PRODUCTION – III 520 347 admin

“Let us walk into the conference room as equals and not second class citizens.”
– Martin McGuinness

BEFORE | CONFERENCE ROOM

BEFORE | CONFERENCE ROOM

In a creative work place, ideas are flying and people converge any and everywhere to release these thoughts.  The kitchen is a hot spot, and the communal living room always has groups scattered about the eclectic furniture bouncing thoughts back and forth.  We had a blast creating a space that invited conversation and was way more comfortable than any office we’ve ever seen!  When it came to designing the conference room, this production company needed a space for meetings and presentations that was quiet and orderly.  With a huge room available, we couldn’t wait to furnish and cozy it up.

CONFERENCE ROOM | DOWNTOWN LA | D.L. RHEIN

First on the agenda was a conference table.  Because it would anchor the room and be a focal point from any direction, it needed to be perfect.  After searching high and low, we opted to custom make one 11 feet long.  50 shades of grey created a stunning stain on the wood creating depth and texture.  A metal base gives an architectural element strong enough to withstand it’s grand size.  Bucket seats in the style of the mid century design duo Eames, are a great choice for comfort and aesthetic.

CONFERENCE ROOM | DOWNTOWN LA | D.L. RHEIN

Even the most serious of places can use a little kitsch! Our best selling bar tray is a fun way to serve water.  Check out that beautiful wood grain and finish on the table.

CONFERENCE ROOM | DOWNTOWN LA | D.L. RHEIN

To break up the white walls and ceiling, we chose a rich hue to add some depth to the room on the back center wall.  A custom bound rug warms up the polished concrete floors and softens the entire space.

CONFERENCE ROOM | DOWNTOWN LA | D.L. RHEIN

With affordable couches from Ikea, we were able to place four of them for additional seating. A vintage marble top table tucks between them with a pedestal of fresh fruit ripe for picking.

CONFERENCE ROOM | DOWNTOWN LA | D.L. RHEIN

A wall mount tv for screening current projects is a must.

CONFERENCE ROOM | DOWNTOWN LA |D.L. RHEIN

After finding a pair of vintage root coffee tables on one of our hunts, we knew their new home belonged at this office.  A vintage indigo textile from one of our favorite suppliers created pillows for each of the couches. Brass floor lamps from none other than Target were just what we were looking for and a fraction of the cost of their designer counterparts.  When it’s right, it’s right!

CONFERENCE ROOM | DOWNTOWN LA | D.L. RHEIN

Two staggered glass orb chandeliers illuminate the room with a warm glow.

CONFERENCE ROOM SNACKS | DOWNTOWN LA | D.L. RHEIN

The final touch were these custom built in cabinets with plenty of storage for supplies and tech equipment when not in use.  My favorite storage jars are filled with healthy snacks labeled with reusable chalkboard stickers.  Organized and clean, spacious and airy, this conference room can’t wait for the dream team to put it to use.  Stay tuned for the next chapter of this perfect production!

XO,
D.L.

PERFECT PRODUCTION – PART I

PERFECT PRODUCTION – PART I 520 347 admin

“The eagle never lost so much time, as when he submitted to learn of the crow.”
– William Blake

Karga 7 Before 2

BEFORE | ELEVATOR LOBBY

When one of our favorite client couples approached us to design their new production office, we flipped at the chance.  With a company continuing to grow, it was time to move out of their now cramped quarters and into a big open space to fit their needs.  One of the things we love about them is that every thing they choose has meaning, both in its aesthetic and function.  This philosophy is reflected within their work space and what they present to their clients.  Two months later, we collaborated and curated not just an office, but a creative environment that would ensure that every one feel at home whether visiting or coming to work each day.  No detail was without great thought, and it began with the first thing you see when entering their offices.  read more

LAWFUL OFFICE

LAWFUL OFFICE 520 347 admin

“I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.” – Steven Wright

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by D.L.Rhein

Half of our time is spent at work.  An office has to be professional and organized, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring and sterile.  A place where you spend your days, many of which involve clients coming to meet you, should be as beautiful as it is comfortable.  This law office was no exception.   After working in their home earlier this year, the Mrs. suggested to the Mr. that we come in and revamp his Century City office.  We achieved a look that was masculine and monochromatic, with some softer touches and subtle pops of color.  read more