The entrance to Mother New York’s offices on Manhattan’s far west side in Midtown conveys that this isn’t your typical cubicle grid farm. Greeting visitors upon arrival are a series of hand saws nailed to a wall, a stuffed brown bear standing upright, a fleet of antique toy sailboats, and a ruby-red London telephone booth. Directly inside the entry door is a long bar that doubles as the front desk, where receptionists serve hand-pulled espressos and pour drafts of Stella Artois beer (a client).
When a recession hits, creative agencies usually take a huge hit. But when an economic slowdown hit Barcelona, &Rosàs founder Jordi Rosàs saw an opportunity. He rented two underpriced floors of an old bank in the city’s historic Via Laietana neighborhood to establish a new airy workspace for his 18 employees.