Get Inspired Stepping into IgnitedSpaces Latest Coworking Space in Downtown LA’s Styling New Fashion District

IgnitedSpaces Downtown LA Opens August 28, 2018

“These violent delights have violent ends/And in their triump die/like fire and powder/Which, as they kiss, consume” Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

“We actors do all the homework…(but) you are always on the lookout for where and how that magic is going to ignite.” — Actor Lorraine Toussaint

“Today’s generation want leaders who excite them and ignite them.” ― Anonymous

“Our goal is to curate an ignited community of people who are ambitious and aspirational.” — Matt Davis, co-founder of IgnitedSpaces

All sorts of things ignite us. Shakespeare wrote of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet being so enflamed by love, they brought about their own demise. And then there are the live performers, who while often “dying up there,” are hoping, verily praying for that magic that excites and inspires an audience into cries of “bravo!” And, then there are voters who are dying for leaders to turn them on — even if it’s a charlatan with the blarney of an oily huckster.

It’s true, during those seemingly interminable, 90–120 minute work commutes, traveling to the drudgery of jobs we may not love, and then the continued disappointment of our sports teams, from the Dodgers and Mets, to win a championships, again, to paraphrase Pink Floyd, “Hanging on in quiet desperation is the (human) way…”

Whether in our love lives or in our careers, we’re always looking for, hoping for, wishing for, indeed dying for something to ignite and spark us. Something to inspire us, to make us feel alive, that our time on this mortal coil will be worth it, before we shuffle off.

Okay, maybe that’s a tad over-the-top. But the average American male spends over eight hours at work each day, or around 90,000 hours in a lifetime — or 35% of your waking hours over a 50-year working life. The hashtag — #nevernotworking — has become a kind of modest brag about one’s admirable work ethic.

But as Psychology Today suggests our “work environment plays a significant role in our psychological health …and the economic health of the organization.” In effect, if you you want a loyal and happy workforce, you have to create a workplace that enables them to “be the best they can be.”

So, shouldn’t our job environment at least be a tad stimulating, right?!

Well that’s exactly the thought and vision of Matt Davis and Lawrence Kao, the founders of IgnitedSpaces, an exciting coworking concept that initially launched in the heart of Hollywood in 2013. Now, IgnitedSpaces DTLA officially opens on August 28 at the famous CMC in downtown LA.

IgnitedSpaces Downtown LA — snazzy kitchen area
Communal Area

From the moment you step into the space, it’s an inspired environment to help you — whether in fashion, media, or high tech — tell your own unique story.

A coworking space is defined as membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting. Visually, IgnitedSpaces DTLA offers deep woods, polished concrete floors, exposed 14-foot ceilings, and sliding glass doors, which all help make everything modular. It includes a combination of 60 open and private offices, 13 high-tech meeting rooms, multi-purpose event spaces, a photography studio, communal spaces, several kitchen areas and a lounge, a photography studio and theater. If this space doesn’t inspire you to create and collaborate, then check your pulse.

So, what makes coworking spaces so effective? The key factors include: people who use coworking spaces see their work as meaningful; members feel they have more job control; they also feel part of a community. Additionally, research suggests that a combination of a well-designed work environment and a well-curated work experience are “part of the reason people who cowork demonstrate higher levels of thriving than their office-based counteraparts.”

IgnitedSpaces launched in 2013 in the heart of Hollywood

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So, go check out IgnitedSpaces in Hollywood and DTLA, and book a personal tour. And, get inspired to create a styling new season of fashion or entertaining content for your media outlets.

Award-winning journalist-author-blogger for Playboy, TO Star, Movie Entertainment, HuffPost, Hello Canada & my novel REJEX (Pulp Hero Press) is on Amazon.