Lately, I’ve been experimenting with space and the notion of dividing it in interesting and temple-esque ways. My most recent spatial experiment involves a special set of 18′ long braided saris. I am hypnotized by the beautiful, colorful visualizations of India and coupled with my love for eclectic, international art, design, and clothing they are shaping the look and feel of our new offices. The saris made their first appearance at my wedding back in September of 2005. The ceremony took place at my childhood home in Fort Wayne, IN and the reception, at the nearby horse farm. For the festivities, we transformed the saris into tablecloths.
The next stop on their journey was our previous Vosges Haut-Chocolat office, where they were hung from tall ceilings in the loft. They billowed down into the space below, creating texture and color in the office. They also gave our work space some sound insulation and a bohemian vibe.
We recently moved into our new location at ‘The Chocolate Temple’ in Chicago, where in their third life, the saris have found themselves hanging from the ceilings once again, but this time as braided walls of cloth. I’ve been working with Jane, our resident artist, on the project.
We have been cutting each sari into 2″ x 18′ sections, braiding them, and then suspending them from above. It is just one of our approaches to dividing up the space a much more welcoming solution than cubical walls and other typical office partitions.
There are many happenings at The Chocolate Temple — it houses our corporate headquarters, innovation lab, manufacturing plant, over fifty Vosges Haut-Chocolat employees and soon to be our visitor wing. It is the beating heart of our endeavors and a hub of creativity.