To define our practice, we looked at the most successful and respected companies in the world and tried to understand what made them great. We wanted to create a list of words that symbolized BOX Studios. We found that the word collaboration reached across industries and cultures to pin down one indispensable component of lasting success. Organizations built on collaboration encourage a free exchange of ideas and constructive criticism, teamwork, and camaraderie, contributing generously to common goals and sharing rewards.
Over the years, BOX has continued to evolve, and while exploring our inspirations, we added other words to the list. These words define concepts that help us grow and move us closer to who we want to be. This is how we define our core values and determine what we want BOX Studios to represent. None of these words are ground-breaking, but when we embody them all simultaneously, we are capable of doing great things. The list is always changing and expanding, but here are some of the core concepts . . .
When we talk about generosity we talk about genuine generosity of spirit, the idea that we want to derive true pleasure from doing nice things for others – not for financial gain, or some sort of karma bump, but just because the act itself makes our days better. We give of ourselves, our time, our resources, our talents, and our expertise. We strive to be genuinely generous to our families, our neighbors and our community, to our clients, colleagues and collaborators, to the charities and organizations we support, and to the world around us.
We define excellence as being the culmination of thousands of details executed precisely. We find inspiration in trying to get as close to perfection as possible. We believe that excellence comes from accountability and responsibility, and that in order to excel and grow, it is our job to hold one another to the highest standards possible.
We continually strive to make BOX Studios a graduate school of continued education, building a culture of perpetual learning and improvement. If all of us learn from one another and teach one another, we will be able to grow exponentially. We offer paid internships to promising students and mentor talented new designers, while we in turn enjoy the fresh approaches they bring to us. We always help each other to hone our craft.
Nothing is more motivating than passion. True passion is what compels people to strive for excellence and constantly improve and learn. We make sure that people on our team are passionate about what we do. Each one of us truly loves the creativity, the intellectual and technical stimulation, the different levels of social interaction, the improvement in our clients’ lives that we help achieve, the good we do for the environment, and so many other rewards that our chosen profession brings. And happily to share what makes us tick.
In our creative and complex environment, collaboration allows us to make a project’s outcome better than each individual contribution. We enjoy and encourage a free exchange of ideas, and our ability to apply varied individual perspectives and strength to a challenge improves and refines the ultimate outcome. It elevates each of us and propels our growth as a company and as individuals.
At BOX, collaboration goes beyond or own company. We believe it is the synergy between all the parties involved in each project that makes a project a success. We recognize and appreciate each one’s contribution and strive to align BOX Studios with others who offer the highest level of expertise, professionalism and integrity. In our business, strong collaborative relationships between real estate professionals, project managers, design professionals, engineers, building contractors, furniture dealers, manufacturing representatives and lighting vendors, allow all of them to team together and deliver the best value to the client. What we do is like running a marathon, with our entire team running together. Some days this can slow us down, but if everyone truly believes in the spirit of the endeavor, this team mentality helps us design and expedite our projects much more efficiently.
We are responsible for our clients’ satisfaction and for achieving each project’s functional, aesthetic and financial goals. We are responsible for conducting ourselves with professionalism, integrity and honesty and acting in our clients’ best interest. We are responsible for our stewardship of the environment, and employ LEED Accredited Professionals at both Denver and Chicago offices.
One of the most obviously inspiring aspects of our profession is its creativity. We find it very rewarding to use our job as a creative outlet. We agree that innovation works best when it is firmly rooted in knowledge and experience. It is when we keep pushing the proverbial envelope further and further each day that we grow the most, both personally and professionally. BOX Studios is a company with a positive attitude. We constantly challenge ourselves and each other to keep moving forward, improving, endlessly reinventing ourselves and keeping our design approach fresh and exciting.