Thirty years ago, the world’s consciousness was just starting to get acquainted with terms like “Global Village” but we had not begun to live in one yet; technology was just beginning to show clues of its world-shrinking potential, and many global corporations were not yet aware of how to leverage interior design to optimize their business objectives.
At that point in history, back in 1981, a three-person office called M Moser Associates was founded in Hong Kong. Beginning with the objective of offering international-standard and client-focused design services, the firm has grown and evolved into a global powerhouse with a staff of over 650 people in twelve offices worldwide. The firm’s interior design staff represents just one facet of a spectrum of complementary design expertise that includes workplace strategy, pre-lease services, architecture, MEP engineering, IT infrastructure, procurement and even construction. The firm is also building momentum in the area of specialized, engineering-intensive work facilities such as laboratories, data centers and trading floors.
Founded by California native Moira Moser, each of the firm’s offices in North America, Europe and Asia is celebrating the businesses’ 30th anniversary with most of the events hosted by Ms. Moser herself. In addition to being an occasion to thank the firm’s many partners and clients, each celebration is also an opportunity for the offices to look forward in a more integrated way. Each firm is holding a series of staff workshops that cross-pollinate technical information and historical lessons that have been learned throughout the life of the firm, ultimately strengthening how each office delivers design to their worldwide clientele. M Moser’s New York office kicked off the celebrations, and Ms. Moser was kind enough to sit down with officeinsight for a look at the past, present and future of the design profession.
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