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Saturday 23 August 2014

Inside the workplace of the "enjoyable" Verve Agency

Published 05/06/2014 | 02:30

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“People often ask us about the huge 'WE ARE LIVE' marquee sign on the stairs. For us it's a mission statement — we believe live experiences, like experiential product sampling and corporate events, are the most powerful way to influence consumer and employee behaviour.”
Director John O'Shaughnessy
Verve

"We work hard but it's an enjoyable place to be, so ultimately that leads to greater productivity. The office was designed with a mix of informal meeting spaces to encourage idea sharing and teamwork. We feel a great work environment also helps us to attract the best talent."

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"We aimed to create an interior that was bold and inspiring with a few twists – like the tree house suspended 20ft above desks. The idea is to encourage creative thinking and imaginative ideas: just like you did as a child when you built your first tree house!"

"We pulled in a lot of favours from the set designers and prop makers we use for our events and activations business – we designed it and they built it! CA Design helped us source some of the key furniture pieces like the sky blue Noguchi free-form sofa in the 'indoor garden'.""People often ask us about the huge 'WE ARE LIVE' marquee sign on the stairs. For us it's a mission statement – we believe live experiences, like experiential product sampling and corporate events, are the most powerful way to influence consumer and employee behaviour."

"The building already had great bones when we moved in and a lovely feature staircase – we kept the light, airy feel by adding a few key moments of colour and texture in an otherwise simple, white space.""The vintage Citroën DS seats were reversed so now it's a cosy four person meeting space. The car belongs to our MD Ronan and it had been in storage for 12 years until now – trying to squeeze it through the front doors without damaging the paint work was nerve-wracking! It gets a lot of attention from passers-by especially when there's four event managers brainstorming inside.''"Someone once made the point that decorating isn't like marriage, you don't have to commit to a wall colour for life; so be fearless and have fun with it."

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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