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One of the key design elements that we agonized over was the window treatment for the new offices.

Weeks of back and forth, tons of design ideas, ranging from too colorful to too bland, too adventurous to completely static, we were finally able to settle on a sleek, simple pinstripe pattern over a privacy film, with room for cutouts to name the offices:

Valiant's selected window treatment.

Valiant’s selected window treatment.

While we are very happy with the end result, it took quite a few different ideas, and iterations, to get to the final design (seen above in the heading of this post). Here’s a few of the also-ran designs our excellent Creative Director Matt Fox came up with:

3 color pinstripe. Nice, but not quite what we wanted.

3 color pinstripe. Nice, but not quite what we wanted.

Dots. We don't do dots.

Dots. We don’t do dots.

Our full color palette. Nice, but maybe a bit too much for the hall.

Our full color palette. Nice, but maybe a bit too much for the hall.

Incorporating the "V" in to a pattern worked, but wasn't a winner.

Incorporating the “V” in to a pattern worked, but wasn’t a winner.

The team that did the installation were the excellent folks at Varidirect. They’ve printed our business cards for years, and did the original installation of the “Tao” on the fifth floor for us. Their project manager was awesome, understood our goal, helped us select materials, scheduled installation in a snap and got the job done exactly as we wanted it.

No surprises there, right? But after installation, we noticed a flaw in one of the printed pieces. A bit of ink was just “missing” from one of the stripes. The horror! What to do? This stuff was installed, the office is live, we are moving onwards, right? Wrong. With barely a whisper of “hey guys?” to the team at Varidirect, they came in instantly, ripped down the defective piece of art, and replaced it with one that is perfect. Total professionals, just as I’ve always known them to be.

Make sure that you choose partners that will make the job right. No one is perfect, but the definition of perfect partnership is alignment on mutual goals, and diligent work to achieve those goals.

Thanks to Jonny, James, Zane and Juan at Varidirect for another great experience. Keep it up guys!

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