With a projected global community of 1 million strong according to the 2017 Global Coworking Survey, Spacious app founders Chris Smothers, CEO, and Preston Pesek, CTO, have rooted style and function in the heart of the coworking movement. The New York based brand boasts unique and inexpensive office space born of the love of cities and diversity, people, ideas, and resources and doesn’t disappoint. In seeking to utilize the unused space of during the day of beautifully designed restaurants, the two successfully debunked the urban myth of space scarcity.
As if swinging by the Spacious booth on TechDay 2017 and our love for stylish coworking spaces wasn’t enough to pique our interest, we had a chance to experience Spacious for ourselves at Public on Elizabeth Street in SoHo at a recent networking event (complete with complimentary coffee and tea). We inadvertantly put Spacious to the test. By the time we wrapped a friendly impromptu dialogue saturated in good, old fashioned kindness with the Spacious staff, we left feeling as if we had a five-star spa experience. It’s no exaggeration that hospitality is in this brand’s DNA.
Though the Spacious mission continues to evolve, Pesek says, “Our mission is to make cities into platforms of empowerment, by reducing the marginal cost of using space down to zero, and making them more hospitable, sustainable, and valuable.
“This is particularly relevant socially, because the traditional business models surrounding real estate of all kinds, have resulted in an ever widening gap between those who can afford to access the extraordinarily valuable networks of people and infrastructure in the core of our most robust urban centers, and those who cannot. Spacious introduces a new business model to the field of real estate, that will benefit all constituents, by making our urban property more affordable to those who it, and also more valuable to those who own it. By removing the artificial scarcity of urban real estate, and activating the latent vacancy that exists throughout the city, we seek to achieve a true win-win for society.”
It’s not all industrial chic spaces and stylized taverns, though. According to Pesek, “The biggest challenge we face is coordinating the complexity of working alongside some of the best in class hospitality operators in the business, and making sure that we can deliver a consistent product in partnership with those who each have their own unique standards and preferences.”
What began in 2016 with its first location at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in the Bowery has now expanded to 7 of New York’s most stylish restaurants-turned-coworking-spaces by day with plans that will soon include locations across Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and London.
Meet in style and stay for awhile, ‘reprogramming restaurants’ has never made stylish coworking look so good or be so affordable.