MEDIA BUYING & PLANNING;A STUDY IN STYLE: WAITING ROOMS WITH VARIOUS VIEWS;EARLY FOR APPOINTMENT? THERE'S MORE THAN FOUR WALLS AT MANHATTAN SHOPS

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A note to media departments: Nice digs.

Advertising Age took a look at the media department waiting rooms of various New York agencies. There we found not only sales reps waiting to make calls but different decor schemes.

McCann-Erickson Worldwide: Corine Cohen, from the rep firm Cresmer, Woodward, O'Mara & Ormsbee, and Katrina Drakeford, of The Baltimore Sun, sit beneath an interesting mix of symbols on the wall, from the Jamaican flag to the high-voltage power line icon. Is this a waiting room or a Rorschach test?

(Notice the magazine collection bin from New Woman. These magazines are given to New York hospitals for patients to read.)

BBDO Worldwide: Now this is a great media department waiting room.

There's cool ad art on the walls, and the soft mauve couches provide the perfect waiting environment. The beveled glass walls provide an interesting view of life inside the agency's media department, as Inc. rep Dan Horowitz awaits an appointment.

Griffin Bacal: That staircase really makes this waiting room very cool. The agency's many awards are displayed in a case behind the couch where People sales rep Lynn Ruane checks out the latest issue of her magazine.

FCB/Leber Katz Partners: Pardon their dust, but remodel they must. Ellen Oppenheim, senior VP-media director, holds plans for the shop's new offices. The media department waiting room will hold Big Apple artifacts, such as an old cab (built out of the wall) and a park bench with a street lamp.

Lowe & Partners/SMS: This shop's year-old office has a stylish waiting room that resembles an art gallery. Wall Street Journal sales rep Bernice Flanagan sits amid the black leather seats, limestone and marble-tile floors and art on the walls. The photos are from the private collection of Frank Lowe, founder and chairman of Lowe Group. The painting, by Brian Clarke, was commissioned by the shop.

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