We knew last fall when we started looking for a new location that at its core, our new space had to be all about open collaboration.
First, we decided that Leslieville was where we wanted to be: it has a great neighbourhood vibe, and it’s easy to get to whether you’re driving, riding, or on transit. Then we looked for a place with the right “bones”: light, height, and space. A blank canvas that we could build up in our own image over time.
The space we have found at 181 Carlaw Avenue was exactly what we were looking for. We’ve been here a year now, and our office feels like a second home – an extension of ourselves.
Our workstations sit in the centre of the office; we set up the space to promote sharing and collaboration, and we are surrounded by areas to do exactly that:
- A 12-foot long cork wall where we pin up all of our work in progress.
- A couch and low table to meet, or for quiet moments to sit and read or write.
- A custom-made sit/stand table from the Barnboard Store where we can either gather around to look at something or share ideas – or pull up a stool for a drink or a bite to eat.
For us, collaboration also means finding people who can share our extra space: we were joined by Shannon Lewis and her team at Liberty & Co this past April, who add a warm and energetic dynamic to the office.
Photo credit: Jason Gordon at Jason Gordon Photography.