We needed the space to grow and collaborate. We just didn’t realize how much we would fall in love with the sunset views, the rumbling of the elevated trains across the Manhattan Bridge, the dog park down the street, the click of fashion shoots on the streets.
Our building at 20 Jay Street is an old brewery. Return valves criss-cross our loft space. One can hear Tim Gunn admonishing, “Make it work.” Reclaimed wood from an old barn circa 1910 clads the reception area (affectionately dubbed The Barn). Door slabs form our workspaces. Pressed cellulose-based fiber bulletin boards provide maximum space for pinning up ideas, notions and concepts. A glass wall serves as a giant whiteboard and projection screen. The kitchen island hosts cupcake-fueled birthday celebrations. There are no closed offices but thankfully the coat closet doubles as a private sanctuary for personal phone calls.
Senior designer Rachel Newton led the design-build team that used serious time and budget constraints as a chance to create a space that reflects the BBMG brand. “The area is so historic,” said Rachel. “I wanted to honor the existing industrial aesthetic but add modern touches from a sustainable design perspective. The goal was to create an environment that would excite and inspire while also being a calm refuge for thinking and creativity.”
Hats off and deep bows of gratitude to Rachel, our operations team led by Nicole Navratil, Dannae Enright and Michelle Kowalski and our contractor Jepol.