Warts and All

Noreen's and my office

Noreen's and my office

I love visiting other designers when I travel. Michael Vanderbyl’s office is, as expected, immaculate and classic. Pentagram in New York is a hotbed of activity and energy. VSA in Chicago is deeply impressive. Each office is consistent with the designer’s personality. When I’ve asked designers for photos of their office for a book or magazine I don’t get them. It’s like pulling teeth. You’d think I asked for personal sex videos. Typically, it’s because everyone feels like they need to clean up and have a professional shoot done. Bit that’s not real, and everyone seeing the final images thinks, “I’m a pig.” So here is a visit to AdamsMorioka with all the mess exposed. I came in early today before everyone was in and things were flying all over. I didn’t clean up anything. This is the reality.

We’re in the Flynt Building in Beverly Hills. William L. Pereira & Associates designed the building in 1972. It started life as the Great Western Bank Building, hence the 21 foot John Wayne sculpture at the entrance. AdamsMorioka is on the 6th floor. We face west; we have a great view all the way to the beach. But we get afternoon sun directly for half the day, so when people ask me why I’m tan, it’s my office. I’d love to say we demand a clean desk and spotless tables, but I can’t hold to that, so I can’t make everyone else do it. The one aspect we couldn’t control was our sign; it matches the signs throughout the building. We even offered to design a news signage program for free to fix it, but someone in building management loves brass and Tiffany. My biggest concern is that it’s a fairly open space and everyone is forced to hear my music. It ranges from Rosemary Clooney to 100 Strings. Today, I’m playing American music like America the Beautiful. It’s a hardship for those who decide to work here. But it could be worse, well maybe not.

8484 Wilshire Blvd

8484 Wilshire Blvd

The beautiful Tiffany typography

The beautiful Tiffany typography

lobby wall of posters, we running out of space, so we hide the ugly ones

lobby wall of posters, we running out of space, so we hide the ugly ones

The lobby wall

The lobby wall

Conference Room

Conference Room

The library wall

The library wall

Some books

Some books

These are the good designers who come to work early

These are the good designers who come to work early

The Shah of Iran poster that looks over the crew

The Shah of Iran poster that looks over the crew

Noreen's side of the room, bitmapped so she won't hurt me

Noreen's side of the room, bitmapped so she won't hurt me

My desk this morning

My desk this morning

Today's donuts Noreen brought to make us fat

Today's donuts Noreen brought to make us fat

The tiny kitchen

The tiny kitchen

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14 Responses to “Warts and All”

  1. dgc Says:

    bequeath unto me your library, please. i mean, when you pass. ;-)

  2. Joe Says:

    Sean! Literally Laughing Out Loud right now… Noreen’s bitmapped side of the room= comic genius! HA HA HA. The fat doughnuts are just the proverbial icing on the cake.

  3. Nancy Bernard Says:

    Looks a lot neater than MY office. Which you will never see…

  4. Brown Johnson Says:

    I don’t see any warts…

  5. felix sockwell Says:

    you call this dirty?

    nephew please.

    behold my dirty underware:
    http://www.drawger.com/felixsockwell/?article_id=9516

  6. Kevin Stadler Says:

    Sean, Thanks for the fun and thorough tour. I have to admit though, I’m scratching my head at the title of the entry. Typical “warts” I don’t see here; coffee cups in the sink, full trash, over filled recycle bins, in-boxes half full of unread magazines, and a host of other things I won’t mention. Maybe it’s all in Noreen’s corner? We’ll never know. Even your plate of donuts looks carefully composed! All joking aside though, it is nice to see a real work place and not just shots that look they belong in Dwell Mag.

  7. Sean Says:

    Kevin, thanks, but I only see the messy stuff. If you saw the wall in our kitchen by the garbage you’d throw up.

  8. Sean Says:

    Felix, you have a barber chair. I want one. I could do haircuts on the staff, and then they’d be too embarrassed to leave. And you could probably sell that underwear.

  9. Sean Says:

    Oh yeah, they’re there. Next time you’re in I’ll show you. You will never be able to get it out of your head.

  10. Sean Says:

    Please.

  11. Sean Says:

    Joe, the donuts will eventually kill us. I think it’s a plot.

  12. Sean Says:

    Denise, clearly you’re in on the donut plot to kill me and get the library

  13. August Says:

    please e-mail me
    the next time noreen brings the goodies . . .
    oh, and btw, the office is great!

  14. Sean Says:

    August, I’ll absolutely let you know when she brings them in. I need someone to block me from getting to them.