“Plus I’ve bought so many ties,” he laughs. And as
a man about town, he certainly needs them (you never
want to be photographed wearing the same tie twice).
Savitala is an acoustician by day, movie producer by
night. He and his wife are producing a documentary—
a line of work that often lands them on a red carpet
or two. But he checks that Hollywood attitude at the
door, as there may be no airs put on in this office. As
we walk through their bright open space to check out
his workstation, we also realize what the motto around
here should really be: “Keep it simple.”
“It comes down to not putting quiet spaces next to loud
spaces,” he says, sitting down in front of piles of plans and
drawings. He’s typically working on approximately 30 proj-
ects in various stages of development at any given time.
A hard hat sits atop his desk while a pair of
Caterpillar work boots hide out underneath—both
again in perfect juxtaposition to his buttoned-up style.
A Spongebob figurine in a canoe paddles through
isolators that line the wall in front of his desk.
Everyone’s personal touches throughout make for
a casual, approachable atmosphere at Cerami’s 5th
Avenue location. “The flow of communication here is
really important,” Savitala explains. “Nothing can replace
getting up and talking to someone.” And the general
rule of thumb on that is why sit and talk when you can
putt and talk? Golfing in and out of the office happens
to be a popular pastime for NYC Cerami employees.
But when it’s time to get serious, he enlists the
help of a pair of big padded headphones to block out
any distractions. We’re outing him though: most of the
time, he’s not playing anything through them.
Serious jokes for some serious professionals.
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It comes down to don’t put quiet spaces next to loud spaces.