Abrams Books, the first company in the U.S. to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books, retained architectural and design firm Spacesmith for the site selection and design of its new 40,000-square-foot headquarters. Using the Spacesmith design team’s research and programming/location analysis as a guide, Abrams chose the 9th floor at 195 Broadway for its new home.
The design concept was driven by the required collaboration that takes place at Abrams. The space is primarily an open-work environment with several private working rooms for small groups. Within the new office is a full library, reading nooks, and over 600 linear feet of shelving and book displays.
The lobby is completely open with glass office fronts, and a visual line directly into the library that holds bookcases of blackened steel with raw oak shelves. On the opposite end is the flexible break out space sprinkled with lounging furniture curated by Spacesmith. This area has a movable wall that can divide the space, accommodating very large meetings or smaller informal gatherings.
Spacesmith highlighted an industrial-style palette of materials by maintaining the existing terra cotta ceiling and exposed wide-flange beams, while adding in pops of color in the built-in seating upholstery, and signage, as well as Abrams’s signature red for carpeting in select areas.