The IKEA challenge

The meddling begins: Our room makeover designers face opposition in the office

The meddling begins: Our room makeover designers face opposition in the office

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The opposition blocking our CultureLounge dreams isn't this strict.
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But it might as well be. Marketing director Carey Kirkpatrick wants functionality. Blah ... Carey Kirkpatrick Photo by Tony Bullard
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We know its supposed to be all about us, so why are so many others messing with our .. Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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plans to makeover the office lounge. Art by Steven Thomson and Caroline Gallay
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Even the classy hookah is in jeopardy.
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As the first trip to IKEA looms. IKEA/Facebook
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When our floor plan for the CultureLounge was mass-distributed to the office this week, it became obvious that some people's visions of the lounge didn't align so perfectly with ours.

We only have 30 days to completely makeover this weirdly proportioned space and the little people are messing with the design stars? Do you think Ty Pennington has to deal with this? 

Disheartened by our coworkers lack of imagination involvement, we decided to ask them what they wanted out of the space before we actually hit IKEA to shop for the furniture we want.

You know, sort of a, "I wanted to get your opinions before I go ahead and do what I want," kind of gesture. Armed with our oft-present video camera, we went around the office and interviewed whoever was immediately available that day, right then (we have places to be).

We found out that the space we're crafting apparently has to fulfill multiple purposes. It needs to be event-friendly for marketing director Carey Kirkpatrick, comfortable for our overworked CEO Stephen Newman, and client services manager Madelyn Thornton demands a hookah — the one request we wished we'd thought of ourselves.

Apparently being asked to act as design duo didn't mean we could create with only our sultry selves in mind. We might have to bypass our low-lying dining table with corresponding floor pillows (it's just so zen) and scoop up a couple of high-backed bar chairs, for one. Might. (We hear some people have trouble navigating indian-style seating in skirts, or something.) And the office has been more concerned with the neighbors than we anticipated.

We haven't even met them all, and we bet the guy with the dogs would appreciate a David Addickes bust of Shelby Hodge.

So far, it's been as much of a lesson in office-sibling relations for us as a lesson in good taste for our officemates. They'll learn to love it.

Watch below as some of our sassiest staff tell us their most ardent desires for the CultureLounge. You'll meet the cast of characters that populate our north-of-downtown digs. And in case you're as devastated as we are by the potential loss of the kissing booth and kiddie pool, at least you'll be delighted by VP of sales Chad Miller's maniacal laughter.

CultureMap readers: What would you like to see? Submit your video! Best vid response gets our begrudging affection — and probably some prizes that social media editor Fayza Elmostehi will dig up.

Coming up next on Tuesday: Time's ticking and Caroline and Steven hit IKEA for shopping and meatballs, not necessarily in that order.

Other articles in the IKEA Challenge series:

Creating a lounge in 30 days without killing each other

Sizing up the room specs, spots for the Shelby Hodge statue & kissing booth