The only coworking space in SONO, Connecticut’s Design District and Google eCity for creative professionals in design, advertising, marketing, interactive, publishing and technology.
SONO SPACES NORTH located at 13 North Main Street in South Norwalk was founded in 2011 by Karl Heine of creativeplacement and DesignerJournals; and kHyal of fiZz Agency, Free Range Copy and MegaGlam (also Cofounders at PUSH workshops) — with an assist by Tyler Jayson, motion graphics aficionado, graphic designer and technologist. Day-to-day operations are managed by Karl Heine.
SONO SPACES SOUTH was founded in 2016 by Karl Heine and Bob Walker of Surveys & Forecasts, LLC — a marketing research consultancy. Karl met Bob when he licensed a desk at SONO SPACES NORTH in 2015. They formed Space Partners LLC to launch 5,000 Square Feet of additional coworking space at 23 South Main Street in downtown SONO, a stone’s throw away from the original space at 13 North Main Street, where they still cowork.
SONO SPACES NORTH — THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT
In 2011, Karl Heine and kHyal created SoNo Spaces as an extension of the way their own work styles had evolved. Since 2008, they had began to work remotely from other US cities, and in places like Berlin and Paris when traveling for business. They became interested in the share culture cultivating in Manhattan and Brooklyn because of the rising costs of real estate, and the need to collaborate on resources. They had friends that were pioneering in the coworking arena, and they attended many events in different coworking locations.
For Karl and kHyal, the idea of having 1,800 square feet of often-unoccupied office space in South Norwalk prompted the natural decision to convert it to a coworking space. Since 2007, they held collaborative design and learning events in the space as part of their PUSH workshops initiative. At first they considered the standard model many use — allowing daily, weekly, walk-in or even by the hour use. They quickly realized that for them, a much better fit would be for longer term relationships with individuals and small companies. They didn’t want their focus to be administrating short-term memberships in an environment that might become more distracting than productive. They wanted to nurture a culture that would help other professionals grow their businesses in the heart of downtown SoNo, Connecticut’s design district.
At heart, they were always about community. For them, community can be found throughout the world. While they have created their own coworking space in Connecticut, they also both leased collaborative offices at WeWork SoHo West in New York City, and have worked remotely in other cities throughout the US and in many European cities including: Zurich, Basel, Milan, Venice, Toulon, Fabriano, Cannes, Florence, Brussels, Antwerp, Berlin, Paris, London, Buenos Aires and Barcelona. kHyal and Karl believe that collaboration is not tied to one community or another, but is a universal truth that expands exponentially.