Where the Future Happens – the Interiors of Internet Companies
In September, we saw the launch of the eagerly anticipated Apple Watch. Much has already been said about the potential impact of this device on the worlds of consumer electronics, fashion, well-being and productivity. It’s certainly a step forward when compared with other computers for your wrist already on the market, whatever your view of the design – or indeed of Apple. (Text by Alex Bradley)
Geremia Design for DropBox
Beneath the headlines, it was some of the more subtle digital service announcements associated with the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 that could in fact have the biggest impact on how we choose to live and work in the near future ... but more of that later. For now, our focus is on the environments in which our digital futures are being formed. California is home to Apple and a number of the most innovative digital service companies. In a bid to secure the best talent and build environments that foster creativity and drive business growth, the workspaces of these innovative internet companies are as interesting as the services they provide.
Dropbox’s rapid growth rate as a business was a big challenge for Geremia design, the team had to think about what Dropbox as a company would need in the future and keep a sense of flexibility in the design for the company to grow into
Flexible and future-focused
The rapid growth rate of internet-based start-ups means their offices need to cater not only to the ever-increasing sizes of their teams, but also to the agile ways in which they work. File-hosting service Dropbox was founded in 2007 and now has more than 175 million customers. The design team responsible for Instagram’s interior, Geremia Design, also designed Dropbox’s first office, a space they outgrew within two years. Geremia was called upon again to resolve the new 74,000-square-foot space in San Francisco. According to Geremia, ‘Dropbox’s rapid growth rate as a business was a big challenge for our design. We had to think about what Dropbox as a company would need in the future, and keep a sense of flexibility in the design for the company to grow into.’
Airbnb by Gensler and Interior Design Fair: The Airbnb office is a hollowed out warehouse that accommodates nearly 200 employees. The space has a massive three-floor ‘Gsky’ living green wall and replicas of actual homes listed on the airbnb website
Airbnb Headquarters in San Francisco
The Airbnb office by Gensler and Interior Design Fair is a hollowed-out warehouse that accommodates nearly 200 employees. The space is a massive three-floor ‘Gsky’ living green wall and a central collaborative lounge area for working. Scattered throughout the plan are replicas of actual homes listed on the Airbnb website – a community marketplace where people can list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world. This interior approach has created cosy boardrooms and kitchen-like cafeterias and, more importantly, gives employees the freedom to roam the workplace as if it were their home.