Office Envy: Charlie & Co.
Company Charlie & Co. | HQ 1601 Utica Ave. S., Unit 212, St. Louis Park | Size 2,400 square feet | Designer Charlie & Co. in partnership with iSpace Environments, Admit One, Ellington & Co. Design | Contractor TELOS
The work of designing homes demands an inspiring space. Architectural firm Charlie & Co. recently traded a cramped North Loop office for a brand-new space in the new 10 West End office building. The firm created headquarters that exude what its partners describe as “sophisticated comfort.” That includes private workstations furnished with large ergonomic drawing desks, adjustable for sitting or standing. Almost every room is equipped with technology that makes it easy to project blueprints or conduct hybrid meetings. Glass walls allow natural light to flow through the entire space. The centerpiece of the office is a huge counter area—17 feet long—where designers, technical consultants, and clients can work together. “The art of what we do is a collaboration of very talented people, not only with our office but other businesses that come in,” says Charlie Simmons, the company’s founding principal and designer. “So being able to create a space that allows our team to share with other teams and vice versa, without disrupting the rest of the office, was very important to us.”