Space is precious in a city, especially New York City, and finding an office environment that makes clever use of a small space is no small task. Hyperakt, an independent design firm in Brooklyn, is one of those gems you stumble upon and then could get lost in, if you gravitate to smart design and quirky decor. Sprinkled with vintage metro map posters and wood-lasered geographic art, the Hyperakt office resembles a narrow hallway, but is designed to open itself up and be much more.
Unlike many other companies moving into a new space, when Hyperakt came into its Smith Street location nearly a decade ago, principles Deroy Peraza and Julia Vakser Zeltser didn’t have a set vision for how to design the office. As we’ve grown as a company, we’ve been able to expand and add to the space and make it more personalized,” Vakser Zeltser explains.
The office feels personable immediately upon entry, with emphasis placed on natural wood furniture and making use of the brick walls as pieces of design themselves. All the desks and cabinets were designed and created by the Hyperakt team with the help of their friend Andy Jerebek who knows woodworking. To brighten up the natural brown tones flowing through the space are vintage posters of classic design, such as the 1970s Vignelli transit maps of the NYC subway system, posters of past Hyperakt studio work, and funky wooden art made from the in-house laser cutter which lives quietly in the back corner of the office.
But the area most gravitated to in the Hyperakt office isn’t inside - it’s the small deck and backyard where the team gathers together for events, movies, and just to take a breather. The centerpiece of the yard is a half-circle climbing bar that rises out of the ground like a makeshift jungle-gym, another piece that the team and Jerebek got their hands dirty with and constructed from scratch. Without it, the yard would look bare, but it also works to mimic the personable, friendly, and slightly childlike style of the indoor office in its outdoor setting.