Richard Christiansen, founder and creative director of New York-based Chandelier Creative, is a rarity in today’s agency world. While most indie shop heads pat themselves on the backs for generous Christmas bonuses, Christiansen took his crew on a soul-searching trip to Japan last year. So it should come as no surprise that he keeps an East Hampton, N.Y., creative retreat—dubbed the Mermaid Ranch—for employees and friends to use. There is even an artist-in-residence program where the rent is paid with three personal Instagram posts and three pieces of content for Christiansen and company to also post to Instagram. And Christiansen knows the space must foster creativity and community, so he outfits it with luxury furniture and creations by famous and visiting artists. Most of all, everything has a meaning. “The only thing we kept when we moved in was the shag carpet in the great room, which was custom made for the house when it was built in the early ‘60s,” Christiansen said.