Great Spa­ces

A monochro­matic of­fice in­spires am­ple creativ­ity.

Western Living - - CONTENTS - Carly Whet­ter

The white-on-white Aviary of­fice pro­vides in­spi­ra­tion for as­pir­ing min­i­mal­ists.

When first set­ting out to de­sign their Van­cou­ver co-work­ing space for cre­ative entrepreneurs, the Aviary co-founders, An­drea McLean and Stella Cheung Boy­land, were adamant their store­front be at street level. “We wanted to cre­ate a re­ally vi­brant and friendly com­mu­nity with the peo­ple who work out of our space while ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic on what we do and what a de­sign of­fice looks like,” says McLean.

So they set up a store­front in East Van­cou­ver and be­gan bring­ing the out­side in. Large win­dows look onto a min­i­mal­ist open-con­cept room, per­fect for lo­cal artists and de­sign­ers to show­case their cre­ative process in two-week ro­tat­ing in­stal­la­tions. A wheeled white peg­board, cre­ated by Lock and Mor­tice, func­tions as a wall di­vid­ing the space for reg­u­lar work­day but can be pushed aside for gal­leries, pop-up shops and photo shoots. Two com­mu­nal ta­bles can be bro­ken apart for col­lab­o­ra­tive meet­ings. The in­di­vid­ual work­sta­tions, made up of white Ikea ta­bles and shelves, keep the en­vi­ron­ment sim­ple and non-dis­tract­ing for in­te­rior de­sign­ers and florists alike. “We wanted it to be bright, clean and com­fort­able.”

Cas­cad­ing pothos plants and pot­ted trop­i­cals that dot the stu­dio add pops of green to the space and act as nat­u­ral di­viders through­out, whether in the cozy lounge near the In­sta­gram-friendly front win­dow or hang­ing in the large de­sign-sam­ple li­brary. “Most cre­ative thinkers don’t want clut­ter and chaos sur­round­ing them,” says McLean. “This is a blank can­vas.”—

Shelf Help Sim­ple Ikea Fjälkinge

shelv­ing units (from $130) help to vis­ually sep­a­rate the work­sta­tions with­out clut­ter­ing the de­sign. ikea.ca

Up the Walls Milton and King Con­tact

Grid wall­pa­per ($98 U.S. per roll) pro­vides a subtle layer of tex­ture in the monochro­matic meet­ing room. mil­to­nand­king.com

Sweet Seats Her­man Miller Sayl chairs (from $542) man­age to make er­gonomic seat­ing look good. gr­shop.com

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