Office Envy: Agency Squid's New Work/Living Space

A peek at how the father-son founders transformed the former nightclub into a home and office.

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    No walls come between founders Brent Marmo (left) and Miles Marmo (right) at work. The father-son team give their 10 employees the option of working from home or at the 1,500-square-foot open-concept office. “We might have our developer’s 18-month-old kicking around a soccer ball while we are whiteboarding,” Brent says. “That’s just how we work because that’s just … life!”

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    Agency Squid's offices were formerly occupied by nightclub Soundbar. An upper deck area of the office, accessible only by ladder, offers a work space alternative for those wanting to escape their desk.

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    Co-founder Brent Marmo on a moped outside of the Agency Squid's offices.

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    The Marmos’ love of art and books is prominently featured in the living space.

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    The Marmos’ furry friend, 17-year-old Beemer, accompanies them to the office.

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    The minimalist space lets the art shine.

  • Company Agency Squid
    Headquarters 414 N. Third Ave., Mpls
    Size 1,500 square feet
    Designer Agency Squid

    Tucked behind Target Field between a storage facility and a bar lies a hidden gem: Agency Squid. The three-year-old ad agency, which counts TCF Bank, Sun Country, and Cargill among its clients, took over what was once known as Soundbar nightclub. The new 1,500-square-foot office is actually a hybrid work/living space created by father-son founders Brent and Miles Marmo. While retaining touches from Soundbar, Squid created a minimalist space surrounded by artwork. The VIP/DJ booth is now two bedrooms with bathrooms; the former bar area was converted into a kitchen. With a stunning urban landscape view from the loft’s patio on one side and an open workspace on the other, Brent, who lives on-site, created the perfect space to balance work and life, and sometimes, separate the two. “I do still use snow days as an excuse to stay home,” jokes Miles.

    —Sally Samaha
    Photography by Hanna Voxland