Six Tips to Design a Cool Office

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"Cool Doesn’t Mean Costly"

Architects: Adam Smith & Lisa Sauve
Office: WYLD

Adam Smith and Lisa Sauve faced a familiar challenge when building the WYLD offices in Detroit: A client with a shoestring budget ($1,000), a tiny space (150 square feet), and the need to accommodate up to four people. According to Smith, lighting was an easy—and cheap—place to start. Smith and Sauve borrowed a friend’s router to design the light filters, which soften the florescent glow above the desks. The filter’s pattern also mimic the design of WYLD’s website, which was an inexpensive way to reflect the brand within the interiors. “It’s customization,” Smith says. “Create your own pieces instead of going to a store.” —Eric Markowitz