Seven years after completing a Phase I Tenant Improvement for Uncommon Goods, Agencie has been hired to conduct a Phase II Commercial Renovation of Uncommon Goods’ 54,000 square foot retail and warehouse headquarters. Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace offering arts and crafts merchandise sourced around the globe. The company is at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the sublime and historically significant behemoth perched majestically on New York Bay’s Upper Harbor.
Uncommon Goods is a Certified Triple B Corporation. Triple B’s are for-profit entities that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. These core values are integral to Uncommon Goods’ culture and reverberate in the company’s investment into the personal and professional well-being of its employees, all 700 of them.
Our mission is to skillfully choreograph the many departments that constitute Uncommon Goods: Merchandising, Marketing, Purchasing, Human Resources, Tech, Analytics, Drop Ship, and Accounting, among others. Each department has a unique workflow and can only benefit from a tailor-fitted space. Currently, we’re going deep into understanding departmental and inter-company Operational Flows and are vetting them relative to spatial and qualitative efficiencies.
You may notice when you visit UncommonGoods.com that many of their product lines have a highly tactile, eclectic, and traveled feel. These qualities are often associated with Wabi Sabi, a Japanese worldview of aesthetics centered on the impermanence and transience of matter. Along with the interior decorator Tina Apostolou of Home Polish, we explore deploying the physical properties of materials used during Phase 2 throughout Uncommon Goods to organize and describe the company to employees and visitors alike.