5 QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES: ROBERT HERRICK
We caught up with our CEO of Thompson House Group, Robert Herrick, to get an insight into the story behind Thompson Square Studios interior design.
What inspired the establishment of Thompson Square Studios?
I wanted a perfect space for my firm of Visualhouse to work. I looked at communal options like WeWork. These have everything you need to get the job done, but they are massive, full of thousands of unscreened entrepreneurs doing their own thing. The staff will never get to know everyone or know how to serve their needs perfectly. They also aren't branded in a way that suits the upscale, sleek design firm of Visualhouse.
What is the design inspiration behind Thompson Square Studios?
Growing up in England I frequented private members clubs that are sophisticated and savvy; a good place to bring in potential clients, which is more of what I wanted. They are intimate, resembling a grand home rather than an office, and personal. The staff welcomes you by name, and members become lifelong business partners and friends. These clubs exist in New York City, but they aren't always conducive to working so I decided to build my own.
Where did the concept of Thompson Square Studios stem from?
I decided to build his own conglomeration of the two: a sexy, niche space perfect for creative firms to call home. We're not a social workspace. We’re a private members club for work and play.
What does the layout of the space look like?
It is located at Thompson and Broome, in the heart of the Soho, a few doors down from trendy hotel SIXTY SoHo. It occupies a full penthouse on the third floor and contains seven boutique private studio spaces, a chandelier-clad conference room, and a cozy screening room with oversized leather chairs. I set my sights very high when designing the club. It needed to feel a historic glamour that will be timeless for years to come, whilst being highly functional from a work perspective.
Who are the members of Thompson Square Studios?
My New York City Visualhouse team is based in the club. So are entrepreneurs from creative communities, media, PR, fashion, and tech. One studio is reserved for handpicked social media influencers. They get to work there for free in exchange to listening to local brands present their latest designs and concepts throughout the month.