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Volume 23 No. 28
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In The Office: The Vault, NYC

When boutique creative agency The Vault moved a few blocks east in Manhattan to a 7,000-square-foot space on Third Avenue, the idea was to open things up.


“Our last office was a lot of walls and cubicles,” said Managing Partner Jon Paley, of his company’s new digs on the 21st floor of 747 Third Ave. The space offers dramatic views of the nearby Chrysler Building and it offers few doors, let alone walls.

“We wanted something that was minimalist, but still comfortable, open and bright,” Paley explained.

A variety of work areas are conducive for ideation, writing and editing. Employees also have a kitchen and eating area and, of course, a video editing bay. Scant paper is evident and the bright ivory walls are devoid of art, though Paley explained that’s more because of an increasing workload from clients such as BMW, ESPN, Puma and the NHL than a desire to be completely minimalist.

“By having one big space, we ended up with a lot of different spaces within,” he said.

Sounds like a minimalist, all right.

Photo gallery: The Vault