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Plaxall Announces DesignStudio to Open New Studio Space in LIC Industrial Building

Long-time Long Island City (LIC) family business Plaxall announced today it signed a lease with global design agency DesignStudio to open a new hybrid work-focused studio in a former industrial building. DesignStudio’s move to LIC is part of a broader trend of businesses moving to neighborhoods outside of traditional business districts in favor of locations that are convenient to their workforce, offer a range of amenities, and are home to modern loft-style office spaces.

DesignStudio has been redefining design strategy for brands around the world for over a decade from its offices in London, Sydney, and Shanghai, and is officially establishing its presence in New York with this new studio. Working with local interior design partners, Gala Magriñá Design, DesignStudio has spent the last few months renovating its new 4,200-square-foot loft space to create the optimum studio for collaboration no matter whether teams are virtual, in-person, or hybrid. The final layout offers a wide range of different working environments, as well as multiple places to do collaborative work. Access to natural light has been considered, as has using as many eco-friendly materials as possible. Art and decor have been curated to include many local LIC artists and to inspire a creative environment.

“It is so exciting to continue DesignStudio’s global expansion and bring the company’s approach of radical collaboration to New York,” said Richard Swain, Principal, Americas, DesignStudio. “While we continue to support our team’s ability to work from all different corners of the world, it was important to us to establish an authentic hub in the States, where people–our employees, colleagues, and partners–can all come together to drive remarkable change. We chose Hunters Point specifically in an effort to integrate into a community that has not previously been home to many design companies; it presents a real opportunity for us to work with our neighbors and raise the profile of Queens-— and Long Island City—as a go-to place for emerging businesses.”

“We are thrilled to welcome DesignStudio to its new home at the LIC Waterfront,” said Jordan Hare, Director of Planning at Plaxall. “An industrial hub that has evolved into a lively, eclectic and truly mixed-use neighborhood, the LIC waterfront offers a unique working environment that strongly appeals to today’s cutting-edge creatives. And our neighborhood’s many strengths – its unmatched transit and bike access to Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, its 20+ acres of new open space, and its vibrant mix of new bars and restaurants – are proving highly desirable to companies encouraging a return-to-work by locating closer to where their employees live.”

The space is located on the third floor of 5-22/26 46th Avenue, a historic industrial brick building located steps from the waterfront and the Vernon Boulevard retail corridor, featuring large windows with sweeping views of the city, open floor plans, high ceilings, exposed beams, and polished concrete floors. It has long been a draw for a diverse mix of businesses, start-ups, and manufacturers looking for modern spaces in the heart of a 24-hour mixed-use community. Current tenants include a neon sign maker, a set designer and fabricator, a sound engineer; and two architecture firms. Located one block from the NYC ferry stop and minutes from the 7, G, E, and M trains, the site also offers unparalleled mass transit access.

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