When workplaces welcome unexpected decorative touches, it’s an office party.
1. Firm: Studio O+A
Site: San Francisco
Standout: An air of mid-century domesticity permeates the home-loan software company, courtesy of a fireplace pit, a stenciled stair runner, and a pop art–inspired mural right off the elevator.
2. Firm: HOK
Project: Dairy Farmers of America
Site: Kansas City, Kansas
Standout: Surrounding the atrium’s two-story lacquered-foam “milk pour” are additional dairy references, such as an office area’s cow-patterned wall of hair-on-hide tile.
3. Firm: Studio Alexander Fehre
Project: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering
Site: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Standout: Zippy rubber flooring conjures racetracks, while zinc-plated panelling recalls the chrome used for car spokes and grilles.
4. Firm: EBStudio
Project: Terratinta Group
Site: Fiorano Modenese, Italy
Standout: Visit this Italian tile company’s website and find #nordictrends in its description, which inspired the Norwegian 18th century–style vignette huts in spruce-plywood that are configured like piazzas.
5. Firm: Gensler
Site: Lanham, Maryland
Standout: Spirited quadlike spaces infused with neon and collegiate flair define the seven-story office for a business that brings university degree programs online.