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Thomas O'brien's Office Decoration Philosophies

  • Give 'em something to talk about: "I use the things around the conference room as talking points when discussing projects with clients. So you need shelf space and things you love. It's about having things people will find intriguing."
  • Be practical: "When I'm working with a client on his office's interior, we start with "Where are you using your computer and how?" There are presidents of companies who still work the same way they did in fourth grade. You have to take the time to think about how your computer is integrated."
  • Don't be shy: "It's not about hiding electronics. The equipment is today's industrial design. It's beautiful! Incorporate it into the space.:
  • Make it you own: "In a small office, there's personal stuff. Gifts people have given me. A letter from my grandmother. A picture of my dad and my grandfather. Just odd, special bits and a great Irving Pen."
  • Go Horizontal: "The big table is the most important thing in my conference room. Nobody uses their conference and dining rooms, but I tell people; Use a table. Spread out."


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