Ocio Design Journal | Volume Six | December 2016
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OCIO Design Journal | Dec 2016
Chuao Chocolatier



Project: So Cal’s premier artisan chocolatier - Chuao - selected Ocio to design their 26K SF creative office/creative industrial facility in Carlsbad

Result: A seamless blend of open office, manufacturing, retail on the interior, with distinctive packaging on the exterior

The Look: Sophisticated & bold with fun, unexpected elements inside & out. Close collaboration with Chuao team ensured integration of their unmistakable branding

Contractor: White Construction

office, industrial & retail | completed

Live By Design: Ocio Design Group



Design direction becomes a creative mash-up of office + industrial

First, creative office design opened up the corporate space by eliminating cubicle partitions and office walls. Now it's done away with the separation of "back-of-house" from "front-of-house". This integration of industrial operations into the creative office landscape has led to the “creative industrial” trend. The result is an elevated design and thoughtful layout of the manufacturing floor, fulfillment center and warehouse.

Ocio's clients are embracing this movement. Fashionphile’s new HQ features an entirely open lay-out that allows visitors to view not only their elegant executive offices but also their multi-million dollar purse inventory and the operations that form the backbone of their business (like receiving, authentication and shipping).
At Chuao Chocolatier's HQ the layout of manufacturing equipment was an integral part of the design. Immediately upon entering the lobby visitors are greeted with a view of the manufacturing floor through a large glass window. The result is a visual experience in which guests witness the entire process -- from chocolate production to packaging and shipping -- from the moment they enter the building. 

Get in touch with Ocio Design Group and find out how we can create a working environment that integrates the industrial side of your business!
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• Project: Apothokare chose Ocio to design a 2K SF medical dispensary in Clairemont

Result: An open, welcoming environment that respects the discreet and medical nature of the business

• The Look: Organic feel through the use of wood with elevated design features such as metal trim reveal and hexagon floor tiles that fade into the wood plank floor

• Contractor: Rakesh Goyal

medical, retail | recently completed
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Cristina Bonilla

Project Manager & Designer

Time @ Ocio: 6 years
Ocio Projects:  Herringbone Waikiki, Emerald Textiles, Forecast 3D, The Island @ Carlsbad
Guilty Pleasure: Apothokare's "Blackout" Brownie
Fave Piece: Egg Chair
Fave SD Spot:  Sunset Cliffs
Hobbies:  Music, art, reading
and teaching yoga

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Apothekare Licensed Medical Dispensary, San Diego

“Emerging from a back alley business to a legitimate retail enterprise only recently, there is no design prototype for dispensaries. Ocio's design for Apothekare was transcendent, turning a dilapidated multi-tenant office building into a cool, modern show piece. The result is a unique customer experience that is now inspiring a wave of high-end concepts across Southern California. They’ve set the bar. "

- Rakesh Goyal - Owner/Builder

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