The Hidden Costs of Free Art

Posted by Mari Silipo


Get Art For Your Business For Free!!!

If your office needs artwork, there’s no doubt that headline grabbed your attention, and understandably so. Your first follow up question is probably along the lines of “How is that even possible?” Well, the answer revolves around a phrase that is sure to make most artists roll their eyes in frustration: “alternative gallery space.”Meaning, turn your office walls into a space for artists to show and sell their work.

At first, it might sound like a win-win; there are seemingly low upfront costs to the company, and it appears like a gesture of goodwill to the local art community. However, like any good click bait headline, the snappy sell of free art masks some rather disappointing realities.

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Topics: Art for Offices

How to Create an Office Environment Like Facebook

Posted by Mari Silipo

We recently caught wind of a big expansion in Facebook’s new Cambridge, Massachusetts, office. At TurningArt, we’ve always had a lot of respect for the social media giant. Since its early days, the company has been committed to the arts and the concept that a great office has great artwork. A key part of Facebook’s recent office expansion, was the commission and acquisition of new artwork by local artists.   

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Topics: Art for Offices, Art & Company Culture

What Your Old Office Artwork is NOT Doing for Your Company

Posted by Caitlin Dowd

Remember that time—maybe two, three, or even ten years ago—when you were totally jazzed about some new artwork your office bought? It was awesome and your employees loved it. Landscapes, abstracts, even some classic prints, maybe. The office felt fun, hip, and you were pretty proud of your space.

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3 Ways to Make Your Next Office Move Less Stressful

Posted by Mari Silipo

Benjamin Franklin famously remarked that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Nowadays, it stands to reason that we should add moving to that list, with the average American relocating homes over 11 times in their life. Moving is increasingly popular amongst businesses as well, as relocation can mean accessing a new market and workforce, improving the quality of life for current employees, upgrading office facilities and furnishings, or making room in the budget. Whatever the reason, commercial lease turnovers are occurring, on average, every five years. For office and facilities managers in charge of overseeing these projects, the stress is very real. So without further ado, here are some Murphy’s Law-breaking tips to help strategize your next office move:

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3 Office Design Tips to Create a More Flexible Workspace

Posted by Shannon Ames

These days, companies that are either opening new offices or moving to new locations are increasingly opting for versatile, flexible workspaces. Take Red Bull’s new New York City office for an example. Despite having an exceptionally strong and recognizable brand, Red Bull chose to keep their space muted. Claiming to be “immune to workplace fads,” the company designed multiple spaces that can be repurposed at anytime at little to no cost. This will be especially important as the office grows.

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How to Inspire Millennials Through Office Artwork and Design

Posted by Caitlin Dowd


The Millennial generation makes up over a third of today’s workforce, and the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2020 they will account for nearly half of it. Research around this tech-savvy, highly connected generation reveals that their attitudes and expectations around work fundamentally differ from preceding generations and, consequently, have shifted the way companies manage and engage with their employees. As a result, operational changes and new management practices are informing the way commercial interior designers and facilities managers create office spaces and choose office artwork.

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Topics: Art for Offices, Art & Company Culture

How to Pick the Right Colors and Office Artwork to Improve Employee Productivity

Posted by Miko Carating

Some of the most critical elements of office design don’t jump out immediately. OK – there could be an ostentatious statue of a tiger in a lobby, or a set of “napping pods” (looking at you, YouTube!) in a corner, but more often than not, the aspects of office design that have the most influence on a company’s mood and productivity are subtle.

One such thing is simple: color. The color of a room has a dramatic impact on those within it. For example, warmer colors or earth tones have both been shown to encourage conversation because they have a disarming affect on people that are surrounded by them. On the other hand, blue is considered to be the “color of concentration,” and while it might diminish communication, it encourages individual productivity 

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If You Want Office Art, You Need More than Just an Interior Designer

Posted by Mari Silipo

Transforming an unfurnished commercial space into a welcoming and comfortable work environment on time and on budget requires professional expertise. For many companies, the first (and sometimes only) step taken in achieving this goal is the hiring of a commercial interior designer.

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4 Ways That Office Artwork Improves Developer Productivity

Posted by Kristof Redei

This is the sight that greeted me each morning at my last job. OK, I occasionally pinned up a wrinkled photo of my family Christmas celebration or a score sheet from the last company laser tag outing. (We were all manhandled by our accountant – we called her the "Death Dealer.") Even so, it didn't do much to ease me into the “flow state” needed to craft some solid code.

At TurningArt, the cubes are gone in favor of an open floor plan, with twelve people sitting in one room of a converted hair salon. Keeping the foot jacuzzis probably would have sent my productivity through the roof, but although that wasn't possible, I still feel a lot more engaged than I used to. Part of the reason is that we practice what we preach. Every employee at TurningArt has control over the office artwork in their vicinity and can change it up whenever they want.

Software engineers, like all knowledge workers, are happier and more productive when our work environment inspires us to put in maximum effort every day. The artwork in our immediate vicinity can have a big effect on that, in several different ways.

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How One Little Robot Brought a Team Together

Posted by Mari Silipo

Today, we caught up with our friends at Addgene, a Cambridge, Massachusetts - based non-profit that helps scientists share plasmid research.

They were very sad.

After two weeks, they finally had to throw out the silver spray-painted boxes, old computer parts, random gadgets and homemade silver caps that were lying around their office.

“It was hard to part with them…emotionally,” lamented Laura Veckerelli, a member of the office support team.

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Topics: Art for Offices