“We envision a world where beautiful spaces never go to waste, ” says Lihi Gerstner, cofounder of Splacer.

Splacer is an online marketplace where owners of “beautiful spaces” can be matched with people seeking out-of-the-box venues for meetings, workshops, photo and movie shoots, parties, lectures, launches, pop-up stores, exhibits or other events.

Following a pilot in Tel Aviv that proved the popularity and feasibility of renting out unusual residential and commercial spaces for events, Splacer had its official kickoff in March. By December, there were 236 listed spaces in New York and another 100 in Israel, with many more to be posted soon.

Users pay nothing to list or search for “Splaces” through the online platform. Splacer takes a 15% commission on every booking. The site also offers courtesy links to event-production services and equipment rentals.

Searchers can filter for the type of event,   number of people,   location and other factors. Photo courtesy of Splacer

“Mainly we’re targeting companies that become return customers for meetups and parties, ” says Gerstner. “Etsy, for example, has 20 divisions, and each goes out twice a month for an offsite. They have been an interesting partner to work with.”

Some of the other regular users of Splacer are WeWork, Facebook, Outbrain, Fiverr, Wix and the pop-up supper club Dinner Lab. “We can provide the variety that people are looking for, ” says Gerstner.

 

Splacer cofounders Lior Ash,   Adi Biran and Lihi Gerstner. Photo courtesy

 

Here are some examples of Splaces available:

• A 12-acre working fiber farm/retreat/recording studio in upstate New York with a 30-foot geodesic dome, pond and covered outdoor dining area ($155 per hour)

• A mirrored 3, 000-square-foot dance studio in Manhattan ($46 per hour)

• A Chinatown artist’s loft with performance stage ($87 per hour)
• A distillery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn ($170 per hour)

 

The dome is one of the features of this working fiber farm. Photo courtesy of Splacer

 

• A Jaffa villa with professional kitchen, patios and sea views ($255 per hour)