This Next-Gen Production Company's Paddington Workspace Belongs on Pinterest
Not only is this one of the coolest offices we’ve ever stumbled upon, but it's also occupied by one of the coolest companies in the country. Boutique production company, MSQUARE Productions, who specialise in film, commercials, digital, animation, and broadcast occupy an office space that would make any corporate office worker green with pure envy.
The company’s co-founders, Michael Greene and Mia-Danica Jamora, moved their team into this converted terrace in Paddington in Sydney’s east last September, and they already feel completely at home. The space, which looks like a traditional terrace from the outside, boasts a vaulted skylight which allows in an abundance of natural light, and polished concrete floors. “The natural lighting in our office is what makes all the difference, it just feels like a nice place to work,” says Jamora. “It’s modern, it’s well-designed, it creates a mood solely through its physical aspects, and it also tells a story.”
When it’s clients include the likes of Chanel, Gucci, and Peroni, it’s unsurprising it’s HQ is one most could only dream of. Scroll down to take a tour of the space and read our interview with Jamora.
MYDOMAINE AUSTRALIA: Who designed the space?
MIA-DANICA JAMORA: Mostly myself. I also had great input from the rest of the team.
MD: What was your inspiration for the design of the space?
MJ: I just wanted the opposite of a traditional office floor full of cubicles and that’s what I set out to do. I wanted our team to be able to work together, yet also have their own space while keeping the space naturally lit and ventilated. I’m not a fan of loud colours, so when it came to the crunch, and we started selecting the furniture, I decided to complement the rest of the building and opt for dark and neutral items. Our building is all glass, wood, and steel, so I wanted to make sure we didn’t look out of place.
MD: What do you love most about the space?
MJ: The natural light. Our last office was smaller, but it also had great windows. When we moved, the one thing I was unwilling to budge on was that it would have to be naturally well lit. I think the natural lighting in our office is just what makes all the difference, it just feels like a nice place to work. It helps make my job feel like more than just a nine-to-five, which is helpful because working in production is never that simple. It’s always long days and irregular hours while being swamped all the time. Coming to a place that just feels a pleasure to be in is such a help when we have to deal with our busy days.
It’s modern, it’s well-designed, it creates a mood solely through its physical aspects, and it also tells a story.
MD: What is your favourite feature of the space?
MJ: The painted-on whiteboard. I think the first time I ever saw that wall, I said to my team that I wanted to paint a whiteboard on it. We’ve used it for everything and it’s often the only thing in the office which has lots of colour on it. Apart from how nice it looks, it’s also practical. We’re often juggling multiple shoots and clients and having everything clearly mapped out with bright detail on the whiteboard just makes life that bit easier. It’s also a great space to work and have discussions around and I think it provides a nice focal point in the office.
MD: How many people occupy the office?
MJ: Depending on the day, six to eight people on a regular basis, sometimes more.
MD: How long have you occupied this space?
MJ: Since last September.
MD: How would you describe the environment and culture of the office?
MJ: I think I can speak for the whole team when I say that we love it. A lot of natural light comes through the big windows, it’s got plenty of space to move around and it just promotes a good working environment. It really doesn’t have many of the normal office fixtures or clichés, and we’re all grateful for that. When we sit together around the two tables, we’re always talking, laughing, and there’s always music on. I think that both physically and mentally, it’s a nice place to work in. By being close to each other, it really helps keep the mood positive, especially when things get stressful with a production. Having the couch and the meeting table also helps shake things up a bit—we’ve often got someone working from the couch, just lying down, and relaxing. We also use the meeting table so that the space doesn't get too cluttered or crowded, and it also helps everyone at the tables to focus and not get distracted by what other people are doing in the office.
MD: How does the space influence and inspire your work?
MJ: Being in production, and especially being a producer, my job is often centered around looking at difference spaces, looking how to light a particular space or how the props and set need to contribute to the story that we’re telling. The mood in film is often communicated solely through the lighting and the environment that you’re looking at. In that regard, being in such a positive and visually appealing space really helps me keep a clear mind and focus on what I’m doing. Working on production sets has just ingrained it into my head and this office feels like being in a movie that’s really well-shot and put together. Overall, the it feels is professional, yet homely.
It’s modern, it’s well-designed, it creates a mood solely through its physical aspects, and it also tells a story. Those are things that I look for and work with everyday, so it’s wonderful to have them all around me, all the time.
Overall, it feels professional, yet homely.