OFFICE SPACE >
Less is more
Written by: Klára Smolová
Photo by: Jana Labuťová a Jiří Vaněk
Last year Universal Production Partners,
a post-production company, opened a new office in downtown Prague.
Šimon Caban designed its unconventional, comfortable, and at
the same time fully functional interior. Managing director Vít
Komrzý says his primary
interest was having people feel good there, and the space is quite
appropriate for the creative spirit that dominates the company.
we work in parallel with other firms on other continents,
so we need to know
what time it is
there. The clocks are seated in an ordinary construction
panel that is plastered and whitened. We bought the armchairs
at various used furniture stores and reupholstered them."
my small office I can easily keep my eye on people coming
and going, because I can look through a one-way mirror.
The stairs are made of plexiglass."
tore out the original sheetrock partitions and replaced them
glass - for both communication and light. The jalousies on
the windows are made of used boards. They protect our screening
room from direct daylight, and fluorescent lights at night."
"The idea was to make this space as natural as possible. So
the electrical wiring is exposed, as we acknowledge that they are
a part of our work. The design is 100% distinctively functional.
And we don't need to break into any walls to
"Šimon Caban designed the work tables, after talking with
the people who would sit at them. They are made of the least expensive
boards available at cabinet-maker shops - MDF and OSB."
"Clients sometimes spend days or weeks in post-production,
so I want the environment here to be informal and pleasant.
The atmosphere is topped off by the lighting. In this off-line
editing room the lights are concealed in boxes on the floor
and beams near the ceiling."