When Blackstone relocated its Innovations & Infrastructure team to a new space in Midtown Manhattan, they sought to create a dynamic, flexible and agile environment that fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation. Following six months of surveys and focus groups, they discovered employees expressed a strong desire for collaboration along with a quiet personal workspace, a relaxed, non-corporate design feel, access to cutting-edge technology, and a focus on healthy living.
Modworxx, a New York-based architectural millwork firm, brought to life the design vision of M Moser, an international architecture and design firm, with custom millwork throughout the new office. Modworxx utilized industrial-inspired materials to craft wood-paneled walls, as well as a variety of custom doors, banquettes and tables.
Upon entering from the elevator lobby, Modworxx outfitted the walls and ceiling with reclaimed wood. This same TerraMai wood wall paneling is also mirrored in three different conference rooms (named after history’s great innovators—George Washington Carver, Alexander Bell and Archimedes) throughout the space.
For the common area, innovative and versatile design was key in order to maximize square footage and accommodate roughly 150 full-time employees. Modworxx fabricated a number of banquettes to provide diverse seating options within the cafe, pantry, boardroom, smaller breakout rooms and at cubbie seat areas. Modworxx also incorporated beautiful Corian millwork featured in the kitchen and kitchen islands.
The custom millwork throughout ultimately enhances multi-function meeting spaces, training areas, and a central hub for dining or casual workspace in a more relaxed environment.