A Tour of Karma’s Modern NYC Headquarters
Karma, a New York City-based startup that provides users with its own pocket-sized WiFi device giving them fast and reliable internet, wherever they are, recently hired interior design firm FormNation to redesign their office in Little Italy, New York. The main goal was to create a modern and clean office space with 40 desks, breakout spaces, a war room and lunch space for 40 people.
“The space is divided into 3 main areas: Work: A colorful pathway of blue and grey floor tiles welcomes employees and guests alike into the office. Employee desks are laid out in a clean grid, comfortable lounge seating exist in the center aisle for conversations and the windows are visible from all desks so everyone can enjoy the view and sunlight. The large, white Delta lights by Rich Brilliant Willing create a cozy work environment and the perfect working light. To top off the space is an oversized company logo, in iconic Dutch orange, resembling an all-American gas station. Meet/private: FormNation built an extension to the existing conference rooms to create an open war room for meetings and brainstorming sessions in a central location. The conference rooms offer transparency through their glass walls and functionality as the walls are often used to write meeting notes. The conference rooms are a mix of Scandinavian design with American industrial chic. Relax/break out: Adjacent to the meeting rooms is a lunch space big enough for the entire office with a long communal table and 40 modern handmade lamps that provide a mix of Brooklyn industrial design and European flair. Following Dutch tradition, Karma employees eat lunch together every day and then take a walk to get coffee. It’s become the norm for Karma now but it’s still strange for new employees to take an hour from their day to eat and not talk about work. Employees often enjoy their coffee in the break out space featuring grey Moroso sofas and iconic Anglepoise lamps in white”, says FormNation
- Location: Little Italy – New York City, New York
- Date completed: 2016
- Size: 7,500 square feet
- Design: FormNation
- Photos: Garrett Rowland