TOUR: The Art-Inspired Office Of The Morris + King Company

morris + king company, nyc, december 2011, bi, dng

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The Morris + King Company, co-principled by Andy Morris and Judith R. King who is the lead principal and co-owner, is a leading public relations firm in the Flatiron District. They work with a range of clients, including Susan G. Komen For The Cure, DBG (Digital Broadcasting Group), Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa, Classic Media, amFAR, Dachis Group, Conduit, IDG, VNSNY (Visiting Nurse Service of New York), etc.We recently went to check out their chic Fifth Avenue office space.

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Judith R. King is the mastermind behind the office. She designed the entire space and still considers it a work in progress. She is constantly adding new touches to it. The central theme is, “a glowing ice cube with hidden surprises” and as ambitious as that sounds, the office achieves it.

The main colours are yellow and blue (the glow and the ice) and they run throughout the office and play nicely off the wide open windows that allow lots of natural light into the space.

Beyond the design, the office looks more like an art gallery than a workplace. The walls are lined with fine art, some commissioned for the space by artist Arthur Rodriguez. Even the furniture is artsy. Some pieces are antiques, like first class lounge seats from Air France. Others are more modern, including work by Lawson Fennig.

In terms of spending so much time on design, Judith R. King explains: “I want people to be happy and comfortable in the space, whether they are working or visiting. It should be somewhere you enjoy being.” With regards to the money involved, “Many of the furniture and art pieces here are at the investment level and we see them as both art and company assets that can have a real return on value.”

The bottom line is the office is spectacular.

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