With a free-flowing supply of caffeine and snacks, an interior that looks like a scaled-up version of Sherlock Holmes's flat on Baker Street, and the opportunity to rub elbows with like-minded deskmates daily, the Fueled Collective ticks off many a tech startup's wishes for the perfect co-working space. Located in SoHo's iconic Prince Building, the living room-esque anti-office was founded by Rameet Chawla and is home to the entrepreneur's mobile app design firm Fueled, as well as over 30 other NYC startups. We recently had the chance to explore the space's open-plan layout and quirky vintage touches while sampling their freshly popped popcorn. Read on for a virtual tour of this non-traditional NYC workplace's most delectable design kernels.
Stepping into the Collective is a bit like stepping into the past, but with a modern-day edge. In the library-like Redchurch meeting room–one of six in the space–well-worn amber leather armchairs sit adjacent to flat-panel Apple TVs set off against a background of trompe l’oeil bookshelves.
“Aesthetically, there’s an old world sort of vibe inside the space,” Chawla told us. “You’ll find a fair amount of tufted leather, mason jars full of candy and crate displays. At the same time though, we’ve also managed to fuse this older aesthetic into a more modern framework.”
There are surprises around every corner from a meeting room that can be accessed through an old cabinet door…
…to replica old-school phone booths where workers can take private calls.
Oh, and did we mention the ping-pong table, bike parking and free coffee bar?
So how much does a desk at the Collective cost? A mere $800 a month will buy you all of the amenities mentioned above plus access to a year-round ice cream cart.