Office Envy: Mortarr
Headquarters: Albert Lea
Size: 4,827 square feet
Designer: Abby Murray, Amy Petersen (Mortarr)
The co-founders of online commercial design platform Mortarr didn’t need to venture far for help when they designed their new office. They used Mortarr’s gallery and networking features to find inspiration, products, and professionals. Located in a former bank, the vault has been transformed into a collaboration lounge. The office’s bright, airy space and simple black, white, and brown color scheme accentuate statement pieces such as classic midcentury Sputnik-style chandeliers. Mixing residential, hospitality, and commercial elements is a big trend, says Mortarr co-founder Abby Murray, intended to make the workplace more welcoming. “Everyone wants to feel as though they belong. So that hospitality vibe and that residential vibe make it feel like an atmosphere you want to stay in rather than just an atmosphere you want to work in,” Murray says. A lounge outfitted with comfortable seating and large windows is one of the most popular workspaces in the building, says co-founder Amy Petersen.