There’s nothing like a 3-day weekend to give you “a case of the Mondays” on a Tuesday. This got me thinking about office design, especially in the first and second tech booms. It became the opposite of the iconic cubicle culture where workers at Initech slaved away on the Y2K problem and TPS reports in Office Space. All of the sudden, offices were known for wandering masseuses, beanbag chairs and Foosball tables. Here are a few standouts from the next iteration of office design:
photos by Iwan Baan
These are Selagas Cano’s sunken glass offices in Madrid. The image of this office has stuck with me since I first saw it over on Inhabitat a year ago. It is oriented to make the most of natural light and woodsy view, though it must have a fishbowl feeling.
Over at creative agency Razorfish, they’ve banned any elements that remotely resemble the Initech cubicle culture. Instead, all workstations are flexible and impermanent, and comfortable seating for meeting and getting a change of scene are placed throughout the open office. They used a lot of modern and contemporary Vitra products to outfit the office. Read more about these offices over at Stylepark.
I’m having deja blog, as I think I’ve blogged about Airnb’s offices before, but it’s just so darn clever the way they’ve looked to their rental listings for design inspiration. Below, one is based upon a SoHo apartment and another is based on a Mushroom Cabin in Aptos, California. It’s a great excuse to bring in a wide range of design styles that will spark conversation and attract new recruits in the ultra-competitive startup arena. Go on the complete tour over at Business Insider.
My favorite is still Roger Sterling’s black and white mid-century modern office in the Time Life Building on Mad Men, fictionally designed by his super-stylish wife Jane.
photo property of AMC
What kind of office space works best for you? Leave us a comment and let us know!
2. Interviews with Architects: Love this! Thank you so much to the awesome ArchDaily for the tipoff about this, it’s really fun the way it’s been put together. My favorite cliche question? “Less or More?” I was shocked that the more won out over less in a landslide victory!:
Between February and August of this year, Luca Farinelli met with some 20 architects, critics, and historians and presented them with an identical sequence of questions, recording each meeting on video. Conversations with Emilio Ambasz, Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, Bjarke Ingels, and Thom Mayne can be found in Log 23.
3. Be Aware of the Upcoming Venice Beach Modern Home Tour: If you live in Venice Beach, or if like me, you’re a Californication fan who is annoyed that they never seem to shoot there this season, head to this tour coming up on February 18 of 9 fabulous homes. We hope to share more about this tour in the future.
4. Speaking of quintessential L.A.: I hate to say “I’m swooning” due to overuse, but literally, this Sofia Coppola-directed ad for Marni at H&M gave me goosebumps. I’m not sure if it was the commercial (I love her eye), Bryan Ferry taking me back to the thought of some 8th grade crush, or being able to score some Marni somewhere outside of Jeffrey, at a reasonable price. Thank you for the tipoff, Refinery 29.
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