Year-old HQ is receiving finishing touches.
A lot of thought has gone into the design of “human experience firm” lextant, which recently moved to 250 S. High St., from the Smith Bros. Building.
The space has a modern feel that is punctuated with potted plants and highlighted by lextant’s signature orange. The open space beyond the lobby is split down the middle, with desks on one side and a walkway on the other. Conference rooms—named after Columbus landmarks located in the same direction as each room—surround the main workspace and house both meetings with clients and training sessions for employees.
“Spencer (Murrell, VP of insight translation), he sort of is the caretaker of our brand,” says President Chris Rockwell. “He’s been working with Mackenzie King (director of insight translation) to look at how to make sure the brand communicates well in the space in terms of the visitors who come in—being able to tell the story about the company and the brand—but also just looking at the functional characteristics of the space.”
The lobby tells a lot about the company. Two benches in the shape of lextant’s signature colon symbol sit next to a wall of circular containers filled with different objects and materials. The wall of circles is more than just aesthetically pleasing. It’s also a nod to the multisensory nature of human experiences.
“Most of the experiences that we have as humans—with all the things around us that are designed—it’s a multisensory experience that includes touch and sound and all these kinds of things,” explains Rockwell. “So we decided to put together this installation that spoke to the multisensory nature of experiences.”
The circles contain everything from ball bearings to pink army men. The office had a contest to decide the materials that would fill the circles.
Just to the left sits the impressive reception desk with the lextant logo lighted on the side. The desk is so big that Rockwell toyed with the idea of craning it in. Instead, it was brought up in pieces and assembled.
The most important aspect of the lobby to Rockwell is the collection of wooden blocks mounted to metal rods that display pictures of the 60 employees in lextant’s Downtown office.
“The (lobby installation) I really love is the wood blocks where we have the team represented. Lextant is first and foremost the people that make it great,” he says.
The lextant office is coming together nicely; however, it is still being tweaked and perfected. Currently, decisions are being made about adding café-style seating near the kitchen. Rockwell says he likes the idea of the tables spilling out into the walkway and adding another dimension to the space. Once completed, the seating will offer a place to eat, work in a change of scenery or sip on a North High Brewing Co. libation from one of the beer taps in the kitchen.
“We’ve brought in every chair under the sun. We’re just a picky bunch I guess, (but) if this is the biggest problem we have, we’re doing fine.”