Tuesday, Feb 12 | 11:49 AM
Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite Vegemite-loving, Koala-cuddling designer Mete. Does he really eat Vegemite? Does he really snuggle Koala bears in his spare time? I’m not actually sure, but he is Australian so I would venture to guess yes! Mete Erdogan is a wildly talented designer who blessed Input Lofts with his talents and transformed the space with his mighty murals.
Mete hails from Melbourne, Australia where his passion for art and design was ignited when he won a first grade competition for Christmas stockings made out of paper. His prize was a diary illustrated by Terry Denton, who continues to inspire him to this day. He studied journalism for a year in college before having a light bulb moment at a Pixar exhibition, where he decided then and there he would transfer to design school and become an illustrator.
After university, he worked in Melbourne as a designer for Forethought Research before moving to New York City five years ago to art direct for Saatchi & Saatchi. While he was working in advertising, he kept up with personal projects and did some freelance design work. He met Brooke and Yiannos through a friend, and they collaborated on a few projects together. Mete draws inspiration from the spaces he designs. He worked on another coworking space near Prospect Park in an old bread factory and was inspired by the old machinery left in the basement. For a burger joint collaboration with Brooke and Yiannos, he painted giant cartoon burgers with faces. You can check out that work in Flatbush at Upside Burger.
When Mete decided to freelance fulltime, Brooke and Yiannos invited him to work in the space and paint a mural. Input Lofts had been going through a transformation and they wanted to add some artwork and thought his vision would be perfect. On adding a mural to the space, co-founder Araceli Camargo (who runs the London office, THECUBE London), stated, “We have a curious brain. It seeks information, stimulation, variety, as this leads us to learn something new. Therefore, creating enriched environments that offer different places of activity and stimuli (think the Whitney museum) are better than those environments that are devoid of stimuli (think of a sterile office space)… Adding art to a space as part of an enriched and orchestrated stimulating environment can enhance the experience of the people who interact with the space.”
Mete’s killer mural certainly enhances the space and the experience of working in it; it gives Input Lofts a fun and unique feel. Originally, he had wanted to paint an entire city skyline overrun by dogs, but then decided the mural should be more indicative of collaboration and the purpose of the space. Each door is typical of an NYC door and represents different industries that are represented in the space— social media (the bathroom door), painting (the elevator), graphic design (the closet), and photography (the conference room door). On the opposite wall he painted three artists and personal heroes of his, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Frida Kahlo, being asked for the WiFi password. The mural took a week and a half to complete, and now we can enjoy it every time we step foot in the space.
Mete says that his favorite part about working at Input Lofts is the dogs: “Dakota runs the space like a professional.” He also loves the convenient location and being able to come and go whenever he likes. Of course, he loves the people as well and the fact that he gets to see new faces every week. He finds Input Lofts to have a lot more intimacy and interaction than other coworking spaces. We know we’re always happy to see Mete and are grateful he is part of the Input Lofts community. For more about his design work, check out his website: Mete.Design