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Smith Optics Creates Collaborative Space in New Portland Office

When it came time to move the company’s design and development teams from Sun Valley to a renovated Salvation Army building in Portland, the design mandate for the new office was clear--create an open, collaborative office environment that feels as authentic and ‘un-corporate’ as the Smith brand and culture.

Innovative, Dynamic Furniture that Fosters Creativity and Collaboration

Smith Optics staff were a key part of the project team, helping design a space that enables the free flow of ideas and reflects the same principles of smart design, craftsmanship and innovative thinking synonymous with the Smith brand. Here’s how they did it:

  • Dynamic benches - Open office spaces were furnished with Watson’s Seven line of adjustable-height benches to give each person the freedom to adjust their work position throughout the day.
  • Storage on wheels - Watson Tonic trolleys provide thoughtful, efficient storage with soft-landing drawers for electronics and other personal items, and lots of room for bike helmets, lunches and files. The trolleys also double as impromptu seating for quick meetings and can be wheeled to wherever they are needed.
  • Open work surfaces - to inspire an open exchange of ideas, the team chose not to install privacy screens for many of their open bench areas.

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