Studio Tour: Grip Design - Design Bureau

Grip Design

Skylights
Sunlight streams in through the large skylights that run throughout the studio, eliminating the need for harsh artificial lighting.

Grip Design

Grip Design

Kitchen
Grip installed a full kitchen because the studio likes to eat.  Says McConkey, Grip’s resident head chef: “We do everything from taco eating contests to Gripgiving, our own version of Thanksgiving.  Here, any type of food goes.”

Grip Design

Grip Design

Open backroom
A spacious back room serves double-duty as a photography set for many of the studio’s projects, and as the de-facto party room, where events like “Cornival” and taco eating contests go down.

Grip Design

Book loft
The loft is a great place to grab a book, take a seat and just relax. Interns’ sketchbooks show mundane scanning and copying tasks don’t impede on their creative growth.

Grip Design

Eames office chairs
Seafoam green (not standard black) aluminum chairs furnish the Grip conference room.

Studio Tour: Grip Design

Monday, March 21st, 2011

From the outside, the Grip Design studio space looks like just another nondescript building set back from a typical Chicago street. Inside, however, the renovated interior is rich with quirky details: bedazzled desks, cornhole sets and a tempermental beta fish, just to name a few. “Here, you can come to work and have fun,” says Grip principal Kevin McConkey. “Having fun on the job breeds respect that can’t be found in a typical corporate white box.” Fueled by coffee (an Intelligentsia-endorsed, high-tech coffee brewer), and board games during break time (Scattegories being a popular choice among the designers), Grip balances work and play with ease. The personalized brick studio provides the perfect space for office feasts, pop culture contests and creative work to unfold.

Text by Kathryn Freeman Rathbone
Photos by Heather Talbert, a photographer currently living in Chicago. www.heathertalbert.com

 

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