Meet Our Remmy 2016 Innovative Project Less Than 50,000 SF

Tangram was the recipient of the 2016 REmmy for Innovative Project Less Than 50,000 SF. We asked Tangram's Vice President of Business Development Mitchel Zelinger to share more about the winning workplace that their employees now call home.

Give me a bit on your background and Tangram:

Tangram Interiors is a flagship dealership for Steelcase, Inc. and the leading interiors solutions provider in Los Angeles with offices in Santa Fe Springs, Orange County, Downtown LA, Fresno, Bakersfield and Riverside. Over the years, we have nurtured a collaborative and people-focused culture because we believe people fuel innovation. That culture has led to the organic growth of five business units which complement our core furniture offering: flooring, custom furniture, technology, Onsite and move management.

What drove the design concept/thinking for the space?

Since Tangram is a leader in the Southern California market, we pulled design inspiration from the geographic area where the dealership operates. Tangram consists of several business units including workplace furniture, flooring, custom furniture, reupholstering and refinishing, and technology- all which were instrumental in influencing and contributing to the redesign.

The core design idea represents the duality between energy and color throughout the vibrant SoCal atmosphere. Famed for sunny weather and dramatic coastlines, the area allows for a unique lifestyle balanced between city, beaches, mountains and deserts. Residents enjoy the outdoors as much as the indoors; thus, the team found a way to bring the outside in through furniture, wall graphics and flooring selections.

Previously, Tangram's employees were spread across two floors inhibiting collaboration. We believed that great user engagement would only happen if everyone was experiencing the same space together. Tangram observed that after their monthly sales meetings, energy and activity in the office was always higher. Why? Because more people were in the office! This led us to the idea that density could create energy every day of the week and lead to a stronger sense of emotional and cognitive well-being. The goal became to move everyone to the first floor. Additionally, Tangram wanted to place complementary departments next to one another to encourage sharing of knowledge and experience.

The outcome not only shows off the work that Tangram lives and breathes, but also the incredible setting that the employees get to call "home".

What is the most exciting trend/thinking in design for CRE as you look to the future?

Height-adjustability, the addition of more quiet spaces and residential design influence.

What else should I know about the new space - and how it meets your business objectives?

As a leader in the industry, it is essential that Tangram's corporate headquarters be a modern representation of what they can provide to their clients. Mozu was tasked with helping Tangram to update their existing 40,000 square foot front of house to reflect a workspace that could serve both as a showroom for its numerous product and service offerings as well as a functional space that provided the tools and resources needed to run a successful organization.

Tangram's space requirements included an inviting, but high-tech reception area, a large multi-use work cafe to act as a central hub for employees, workstations for their resident employees, as well as touchdown stations for their transient staff, quiet spaces to supplement the open floorplan; and last, but not least, special areas to showcase solutions for education, flooring, technology and healthcare.