Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and share them. The distinctive feature of the mobile app is the application of various digital filters to the photos, and the ease in which they can be shared on a variety of social networking services. In 2012, Facebook famously made an offer to acquire Instagram for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock!
The office unsurprisingly has a distinctive vintage feel to it, although it avoids looking dated through modern feature pieces and well thought out design. The look is achieved through the use of natural wood and brown tones throughout. We especially like the shelving unit stacked with old vintage cameras, very cool indeed!
The design for the Instagram office was inspired by their branding. We created a custom coffee station, built an inventory of retro furniture, and curated a vintage camera collection, which is on display on the lobby.
NerdWallet.com is a personal finance and credit card comparison website launched in March 2010. The American tech company is unsurprisingly based on the west-coast of the USA, namely San Francisco. Their offices are designed beautifully, furnished with copious amounts of Diet Coke, “Nerding” rooms, and monkey bars for impromptu pull-up competitions.
Below is a video from TechCrunch, who was given a tour of the office by Co-founder and COO Jacob Gibson.
HotelTonight is an innovative ecommerce company which allows users to book hotels with several taps on a mobile app. In fact the company claims to be the fastest hotel-booking app in the world.
Unsurprisingly for a company heavily involved in the hotel industry, the office takes extensive design cues from some of the top hotels in the world. As one would expect from a San Francisco based tech startup, the office is funky and full of cool gadgets and toys. TechCrunch Cribs gives us an inside look into the start-up culture of this great office.
Pocket Gems is a gaming company that specialises in mobile games, and their new office is based in San Francisco, USA. The space is vibrant and colourful, reflecting many of the games the company creates. Though it is located in the city’s financial district the open plan design couldn’t be further away from that stereotype. The two most prominent features of the space are the carpet and lightning arrangements, both of which are aimed at giving the company a “programming” feel.
This office caught my eye because of how strikingly modern it looks given that it was designed in 1997! Clive WIlkinson Architects were commissioned to design the space for TBWA, a global ad agency. The office is located in San Francisco, USA and is 120,000 square feet in size.
According to Clive Wilkinson:
The project became known as ‘Advertising City’ due to the rich urban character of the interior: it included a ‘main street’, a ‘central park’, a basketball court, billboards, work neighborhoods and a range of diverse structures accommodating meeting spaces, with tents for project rooms. The specially designed workstations, called ‘Nests’, were manufactured by Steelcase and won a 1999 Neocon Gold Award for product design.
Given Zynga’s very healthy balance sheet from its December IPO it is perhaps unsurprising that the company has recently paid $228 million (US) to buy its San Francisco office space. The company is known for its social games on Facebook, especially games such at FarmVille and CityVille. The office building has 6 floors and is 670,000 square feet, the space now acts as the company’s headquarters. The HQ houses around 1,700 employees and as one would expect for such a hefty price tag it looks absolutely wonderful.
Here’s a video of Zynga’s office in San Francisco from CNN Money:
IGN is a news/reviews website which focuses on video games, films and music. TechCrunch recently toured their office Headquarters in San Francisco, which unsurprisingly features tonnes of video game memorabilia and arcade machines.Their offices aren’t the usual corporate space, or even the high design offices we tend to cover. Nevertheless the offices are pretty awesome, especially if you’re into your geek chic!
Airbnb is one of the internet’s fasted growing companies, they essentially act as the middle man for people wanting to rent out their private rooms for short periods of time. It does this by synergising listings along with social aspects such as reviews and ratings. It’s an interesting idea, you can check out their promotional video at the bottom of this post.
I’ve covered many great San Francisco offices, and this is no exception. With their rapidly growing number of employees they needed a new office space to accomodate them all, and so Michael Garcia and Farid Tamjidi of Garcia-Tamjid were tasked with designing it. The HQ boasts a full-time chef which provides on-site meals for staff, and their meetings rooms are infused with designs from some of their listings in Berlin,Hong Kong, NYC, and Aptos.
[Pictures by Chad Riley via officesnapshots]
This modern three storied office space is located in San Francisco. The architects behind it, IwamotoScott, transformed the space from an old 1940s warehouse into a wonderful workspace. The offices serve as the headquarters of Obscura Digital and include custom pieces especially designed for the project, as well as recycled materials taken from the original building itself.
With the tight budget, the architects splurged on Obsura’s beautiful box conference room. Inlayed with gorgeous black bamboo, the box rests within the open space on the second floor mezzanine, overlooking the showroom below through a wall size glass curtain. The interior of the conference room pays tribute to the building’s industrial origin, clad in raw wood.