Babes in Toyland: Mattel's California Design Center By Rottet Studio

At Mattel's design center in El Segundo, California, Rottet Studio covered a wall in the reception area with catalog covers from as far back as the 1950's. Photo by Eric Laignel.

The 200,000-square-foot workplace is organized into a grid of neighborhoods featuring workstations by Charles Rozier and Robert Reuter. Photo by Eric Laignel.

The linoleum-floored main hall separates the boys' side from the girls'. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Stairs ascend to storage on the mezzanine. Photo by Eric Laignel.

This Camaro racer belongs to a Hot Wheels designer. Photo by Eric Laignel.

The built-in reception desk combines quartz-composite solid-surfacing and panels of resin-covered plastic laminate. Beyond, aluminum-framed etched-glass panels wall off three meeting rooms. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Thanks to a ramp of polished concrete, cars can drive directly from the parking lot to the presentation room. Photo by Eric Laignel.

A history of Mattel logos. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Chairs by Marco Maran in the café. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Reception's Harry Bertoia chairs, Warren Platner table, and artwork by employees' children. Photo by Eric Laignel.

A sliding panel between the presentation room and the ramp. Photo by Eric Laignel.

The printed polyester banner behind the reception desk. Photo by Eric Laignel.

A replica of a vintage gas pump. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Steel ductwork above the office area. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Customized foosball. Photo by Eric Laignel.

The café seats 188 staffers. Photo by Eric Laignel.

This printed vinyl mural was designed in-house. Photo by Eric Laignel.

The mezzaine has a prefab steel railing. Photo by Eric Laignel.

At the end of the main corridor, an authentic nosepiece from a Formula 1 race car hangs above a vitrine containing 600 Matchbox cars. Photo by Eric Laignel.

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