Meeting room"The chair is from Dutch furniture company Pastoe, from its wire collection. We've got several of them around the desk, each with a different coloured cushion. The work on the walls is by Noma Bar, who did the first show in our gallery, Cut it Out, featuring a big dog-shaped cutting machine where you could insert paper and make your own prints. If you look closely, inside the dog's head is a cat's head; inside the cat's head is a mouse."Dinosaur"Nalden brought this back from his last trip to London, I think. It was part of the Feathers exhibition we held - the name comes from the theory that modern birds are descended from dinosaurs."Wooden cut-outs"An artist called Yehteh made these, a very simple graphic form. There's a childish element to all of this, and that's a theme behind everything that we do."
Custom cabinet"This custom-made cabinet, from Pastoe again, was given to us to celebrate its 100th anniversary. There are hidden doors behind each one of the units. On the wall you can see work from Brandon Graham, whose exhibition, Tusk, was the third to be held at Gallery 33."
Cactus"The daylight isn't great in the top office, so the plants have to be quite sturdy."Megaphone"Nalden and I sit up in the crow's nest on the third floor, so we bought this megaphone as a joke to communicate with the floor below. We rarely use it." ["It's quite annoying", chimes in one employee.]Lego board"This is our project management board. Each Lego character represents a person, and each Lego block represents a project that they're working on."Satellites"An artist called Nelly Ben Hayoun came to our offices to do a small talk about her project, The International Space Orchestra. We gave away these satellites made by a design firm called Papa Foxtrot."
- Photography by Mr Christian Kain
- Words by Mr Chris Elvidge, Senior Copywriter, MR PORTER
At the back of Gallery 33, a creative space in the renovated shell of Amsterdam's old red-brick gas works, Westergasfabriek, there's a wooden staircase on which the following words are printed: "present plus_by appointment only". The sign keeps inquisitive visitors at bay; an occupational hazard of running a design agency that doubles up as an art gallery, as Mr Damian Bradfield must surely know.
Mr Bradfield, an advertising and marketing specialist who cut his teeth at agencies such as DLKW Lowe, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and JWT, formed Present Plus with his business partner, the Dutch design and media blogger, Nalden. From creating the disarmingly straightforward file transfer service WeTransfer to curating an interactive art installation at Amsterdam's art'otel, the duo have since been behind a series of truly forward-thinking projects. "When we started up, we both really wanted to do something completely different," explains Mr Bradfield. "To harness modern technology and use it as a force for innovation."
Innovation is certainly something that the company prides itself on, and there are few better examples of this than its offices. We booked an appointment to visit Mr Bradfield at Present Plus (and the adjoining Gallery 33) to find out more about his space.