Innovative offices produce happy employees—and jealous competitors.
1. Firm: Eastlake Studio.
Project: Equator Design.
Standout: At a packaging design firm’s graphically charged studio, walls sport mismatched picture frames and hand-painted murals, including a giant octopus.
2. Firm: Design Blitz.
Location: Sunnyvale, California.
Standout: Angles are writ large and small, from the canopies sheltering break-out areas to the pyramids on polyester film and a wall’s chevrons in moss and plywood.
3. Firm: Shelden Architecture.
Standout: Private offices occupy the shipping containers protruding through the facade of this coworking space, while another has become a bustling coffee bar.
4. Firm: Jean de Lessard Designers Créatifs.
Standout: At a converted textile factory, freestanding meeting rooms are budget-friendly blackboard-painted drywall with contrasting interiors in canary yellow.
5. Firm: Vladimir Radutny Architects.
Project: Ranquist Development Group.
Standout: Screens of perforated blackened steel allow for partial visibility, but there’s a clear view of the company president’s Porsche in the glass-fronted garage.
6. Firm: Nefa Architects.
Standout: Two colors, blue and white, and two geometric shapes, the circle and the square, give a crisply dual identity to this marketing agency.
7. Firm: Studio 15B.
Project: Inertia Engineering.
Location: Brisbane, Australia.
Standout: Colored paper laminate creates a mod patchwork on the sliding doors of flush-mounted cabinetry in the office area, an effect echoed in the pantry.