The Mad Potter of Biloxi, George E. Ohr, whose ceramic art re-emerged in 2010 with the opening of the Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum Of Art, was the inspiration behind a new workplace created by interiors firm MKDA for Southpoint Capital Advisors
The hedge fund’s owner, originally from the Southern United States, also provided vision for the 22nd floor boutique office located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas in the W.R. Grace Building.
He required a warm and hospitable environment that was equally modern and efficient.
The design concept features earthy colors and textures that enhance custom architectural details, finishes and furniture, imbuing the space with the spirit of Ohr’s pinched and twisted pottery.
Classic materials such as wool broadloom carpeting and linen wall coverings add quality and durability. Variable ceiling heights and color tones delineate space and add drama and scale to the office.
“The design vision has resulted in a modern workplace with finely crafted details that promote comfort and support personnel in balancing the challenging workday with unique opportunities to collaborate and unwind,” said MKDA president Michael Kleinberg.
A professional grade putting green, adjacent to the open work area comprising trading workstations and height adjustable desks, features three putting holes cut into the concrete slab and positioned at distances recommended by a consultant.
The highest quality artificial turf and scrim shade for chip shots were installed.
Overhead, a floating slat ceiling with ceiling mounted down lights creates a warm, southern ambiance.
Offices and conference rooms are designed with glass. The doors, with wood frames hung from glass transoms with refined metal hardware, appear to float.
Windows with views of building mechanicals are enhanced with wooden slats in front of custom printed solar shades featuring southern landscapes.
The reception area features clean architectural lines enhanced by custom features such as a Vitruv wall and dark wood-toned millwork reception desk and floating credenza, as well as stone flooring and hand-selected, textured art.
“The unique design elements within the space reflect life in the South. Everything from wrought iron to window shutters is referenced in the workspace,” added MKDA Director of Design Daniel DeSiena. “The result is a warm space inspired by southern living with contemporary elements and modern conveniences.”
MKDA is a space planning and interior design firm that was established in 1959 by showroom designer Milo Kleinberg. The firm is headquartered in New York, NY with additional office locations in Stamford, CT and Miami, FL.