A new home for Mint Digital / by Nick Ierodiaconou

00:/ have been working with the lovely folks at Mint Digital to design (and in some cases, help build) them a new home. We took a deliberately light approach to developing their space as a canvas to be both grown into and adapted as their needs, workflow and circumstances change – but rather than elaborating, we’ve got the following words from the Mints themselves:

“After a search that began in April last year, a spat with the Crown over a potential property and a two-month build, this has been a long time coming. But here we are. Last week saw Mint London move into its fancy new digs in Exmouth Market. The new place is more than double the size of our previous office in Vauxhall, giving us much more space. So much so that when all our boxes turned up, they only took up one small corner of the new office.

When we first laid eyes on the vacant lot, we quickly realised it would be silly to attempt this all by ourselves. We reached out to who, by now, I can call our friends and future collaborators, 00:/. The 00s would most likely be insulted if I was to call them architects; architecture just happens to be one of the things they do. They recently released the 'Compendium for the Civic Economy' and are currently working on an iPhone app. They took our ideas for the space, added a few of their own - in retrospect, Nick admits he's glad we didn't go for the 'stairs above desks' - and transformed an empty shell into what Mint now calls home.

There's a lot I could mention about the space but I'd like to draw particular attention to our desks. A bespoke design by 00, they are CNC cut and hand-finished. They feature two different tops, which can be flipped in four different ways, giving an insane 64 permutations per desk. Power and data is delivered to each desk via the ceiling, each made a feature of with LED lit pendants hanging above.

The best part, however, is that our desks are open source. Along with 00, we'll be releasing the CAD files for the desks, meaning anyone can get them CNC cut and made, or, improve on the design and share it back with the community.

We're not quite there yet with the space. In fact, I doubt we'll ever call it 'finished', but already, there seems to be a buzz about the place. Plus, the radically improved lunch options that Exmouth Market has to offer definitely help.

To mark the occasion, we'll be throwing a party mid-June. Look out for invites coming soon. Or, feel free to come round for a coffee sometime if you fancy a look-around. We're at:

Mint Digital Unit 100, Exmouth House 3-11 Pine Street, London EC1R 0JH

Lastly, a string of thanks. None of this would have been possible without Nick and Joni from 00, who did everything from designing the space, haggling prices on our behalf to building desks with us at 1 am, when I think Joni was meant to be on a date with his girlfriend. Thanks also to Indy and Alice at 00, who from our first meeting had me thinking about the project in a completely new light. Thanks also go to Iain, the project manager, who took every crazy idea us and 00 threw at him in his stride and only said no very occasionally, mostly to save us from ourselves. Thanks to Colin at Mint who has been slaving at this since we started looking, to David for letting us spend amounts of money that kept him awake at night, thanks to Andy and Cameron for trusting me and at no point saying 'What the hell are you doing?'. Finally, thanks to the Mints for bearing with 'we'll move in two weeks' for the last two months. I hope the wait has been worth it. “

Our collaboration with Mint looks to be one of ongoing fruitfulness, and 00:/ would like to add some extra special thanks; to Ian for the CNC cutting, to Owen for building up & finishing all the furniture & baffles so beautifully… and of course to the Mints themselves (particularly David, Utku and Colin) for inviting us to collaborate…

(ps: the open source table, the Open Desk, is coming very soon...)

JS