Nosy Neighbor: What Is Esoteric on Walker Street?

There’s something called Esoteric at 37 Walker, and I can’t tell what it is. Cool-looking office, though. —E.

Yeah, that’s me asking again. I walk by Esoteric all the time, and the name is Google-proof. So one day last week I walked in and asked what the heck they do. “Entertainment systems,” was the answer, to which I nodded, then realized I still didn’t know what that meant. “For private jets.” Gotcha! The website ( makes it all even clearer. They have a system called the SkyPad; you can read about it in the two screengrabs below. The “design & incubation” office opened on Walker in April, while the showroom is in Newport Beach, Calif. According to an email I received later, the Walker Street office “will also house interactive digital exhibits in the near future.”

Also in the email: “Company is owned by Sacha Dean Biyan (who you can Google).” Here’s Biyan’s bio, as listed on his website, “Sacha Dean Biyan, M.Sc., is an international gypsy who speaks five languages and has lived in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and worked for over 10 years as a consultant in the aerospace industry before diverting his attention to photography. During the past several years, he has traveled to the farthers reaches of the globe to capture the images for Earth Pilgrim [a project documenting indigenous people]. […] He spends a large part of his time these days in remote parts of the Amazon jungle, living amongst numerous tribes and absorbing their wisdom.”

(Part of what attracted me to the office was its striking two-level design; the guy I spoke with said it was that way before Esoteric moved in, but I have no recollection of it.)

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  1. Thx for the info. I walked by it too wondering what it was, thought it might have been a new restaurant. When I went in and asked I was told very bluntly: none of my business. C

  2. Nice space, especially the chandelier in the entryway. That place was under construction since January. I walk by it all the time too on my way to work. There’s also something going on at the rundown building next door just before Bread..