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United Talent Agency is one of the premier talent agencies in the business. They wanted their new headquarters facility in Beverly Hills to reflect their success and permanence in the industry while also providing a comfortable, collaborative and fun environment for their staff and clients.
The main objective was to create a space where colleagues would look forward to going, to have hospitality feeling -- comfortable, functional, entertaining and with buzz. Several large pieces were specifically commissioned for the project, including a large tapestry by Pae White inspired by her photograph of crushed foil and a light sculpture by John Wigmore. The end result is a museum-like space beyond all else that not only captures the guest through the artwork itself but by the detailed design of the interior space itself.
Due to the fact United Talent Agency is a client driven organization and in the business of entertaining, the design team sought to create a powerful impression upon the moment of arrival to ensure guests are as comfortable as possible within the space without being overwhelmed by flashy details. With the client’s impressive art collection in mind, the project team designed the space to serve as a gallery to display the client’s extensive collection while positioning the pieces in such a location to preserve their existence and promote an inspiring and entertaining environment.
A screening room was of up-most importance to the client as they frequently have clients, including A-list celebrities, join them for private screenings so the design team created a 165-seat theater from part of the pre-existing parking garage, enclosed it with cement walls and package it with unparalleled acoustic & projection performance. Since its inception, the screening room has featured 275 private events for many celebrities and is regarded as the most impressive display of audio/ video features for the performing and visual arts.
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