The Spencer Ogden space in Houston comes outfitted with round tables, so that all employees are made to feel as though they have equal stakes in the company.
The Spencer Ogden space in Houston comes outfitted with round tables, so that all employees are made to feel as though they have equal stakes in the company.

What happens when you cross the Knights of the Roundtable, Dr. Strangelove, a New York City warehouse, a stock exchange trading floor and astroturf? If you work for London-based energy industry recruitment company Spencer Ogden, you'd see all of these contrasting and diverse influences in your new Houston office space.

It makes sense that the company's first office space in the United States would be in Houston, a city whose close ties to the energy sector have made it one of the premier destinations for energy companies looking to expand. As for the outlandish Houston office space itself though, its design stands in stark contrast to the all-business mindset that permeates through the energy industry.

That contrast is reflected in the two individuals responsible for setting up the space - Spencer Ogden CEO David Spencer-Percival and his wife Bonita, whose background includes a stint as a stylist with The London Ballet. Their vastly different experiences came together with the Houston office space they now call home.

"I started with the London office, and because David works in this industry, we wanted the Houston space to be organic and earthy, too, not cold and sterile," Bonita Spencer-Percival, who served as chief decorator, told CultureMap. "We wanted the employees to feel energized by the office environment. We also knew that we wanted to incorporate a sense of place, of where we are, so you'll see nods to Americana and to Texas throughout the office."

Despite some of the oddities around the office, including a hair dryer converted into a lamp and a basketball hoop, Spencer Ogden's culture is still more professional than not. The Houston Chronicle reports that each day in the office begins with a "trading bell" and a strict morning schedule that includes announcements.

The Spencer Ogden space is a premier example of how the design of a Houston executive office suite or full-sized space can impact daily operations and help attract and retain employees.

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