When ICE, Innovative Commercial Environments, was selected as the exclusive distributor for Teknion furniture in San Diego, it became necessary to relocate the corporate headquarters. ICE is known as San Diego’s most creative office and hospitality furniture dealership. The environment needed to reflect the collaborative, fresh and forward thinking approach of both firms and how they both provide a vision for the future of work. Ware Malcomb, the project architect and design firm, infused the showroom with these Teknion words of inspiration “the true measure of a space is how it makes us feel”. The space had to make every guest FEEL the instant they entered into the space; feel welcome, relaxed and joyful.
Choosing the location was critical and The Park, formerly the Tech Center, proved to be the ideal location, allowing an abundance of the great outdoors into the space via floor to ceiling windows and (6) 12′ high sliding doors which open onto the Great Lawn. ICE hosts weekly events, many of which support the non-profit community; the space had to be as emotionally transparent as possible. Ware Malcomb incorporated ICE custom made and designed products from the live edge, claro walnut, cottonwood, preserved moss and hot rolled steel feature wall and bench to the acoustic floating Kirei clouds in the conference room. Ware Malcomb maintained the existing open ceiling wood trellis beams to provide the maximum openness. Custom wall paper not only captures the core values of ICE and the inspiration for the showroom, the words are set over brick and mortar, all foundational inspirations.
The multi-colored light around the space can be changed to honor holidays as well as reinforce the ICE ocean blue branding. This warm glow further welcomes guests and can be a way finding light around the campus. Additionally, around the campus and just outside the doors on the Great Lawn are ICE custom designed and fabricated benches from trees cleared during project development.
All aspects of the project were designed to minimize environmental impacts from natural light, and ventilation through the movable glass walls, to the modular Teknion kitchen and library cabinets that minimize landfill impacts when reconfiguration is required.
The overwhelming consensus as guests tour the showroom is that it is the most peaceful and welcoming office space in San Diego!