It all started with Shark Tank. Founded in 2012, is an online florist giving new meaning to the oft-bandied phrase, farm to table. In this case, it’s flower farm to cocktail table—or maybe a desk. Streamlining operations to eschew middle men gives the grower partners greater revenue.
Uprooting Venice origins for its growing staff of 60, the firm relocated to a 14,000-square-foot brick and glass bow-truss building in Marina del Rey, California. Enviable for the bones, but with inherent challenges. Ultimately, they posed no sweat to designer .
Most crucial was the ceiling’s limited load-bearing capacity. That meant tight collaboration between design and engineering teams to implement ductwork, lighting, and equipment. Full-height walls were out. So even though Bouqs is an open workplace, meeting and conference rooms were part of the program, along with a floral design lab and the obligatory pantry and play space.
Chang solved the problem with freestanding structures of glass and drywall. Most striking is the central pavilion with a trio of semi-private niches painted blush rose, daffodil, and pale hydrangea. Behind, the floral design space has a wall of wood-like plastic laminate cabinetry. Wood, the real thing, appears as a reclaimed and whitewashed version for the reception desk.
Aside from the blooms strewn throughout the space, Chang created tulip-esque pendants for the niches and chose a floral tile for the pantry. At the entry, the chandelier casts a flowery shadow.
Furniture throughout is comfy-cozy. As for all the rugs? Says the designer: “They blanket the space with the colors and textiles of the Bouqs’s South American farm community.”