Awesome Offices

There have been tons of bloggers advocating the idea that creative environments help boost creativity in people. If the mere sight of the Apple logo is enough to set our minds on a lateral thinking path as they would have you believe, imagine what an entire office – filled with poignant primers of how creative you are – could do for you, the employee, as you go about your daily toil. Are we really such products of our environment?

Well hey I’d like to think so! (Even if it’s just because I’d love to work in one of these incredible offices!) Problem is..some of these are so creative, you wonder if anyone can stop finding creative uses for their time at work.

Below: It was such a thrill to get an inside look into the offices at Etsy on Laughing Squid – many thanks to Scott Beale for posting these. Which kind sympathetic soul knitted wool warmers for the air conditioning vents?!

Below: Pixar’s offices house many toys and paintings from their animations and has surreal living room/offices which look like ice-fishing cabins/greenhouse garages. Images via The Roxor, Best House Interior,

Below: It’s a circus at Ogilvy & Mather’s Guangzhou office. Images via The Cool Hunter.

Below: Just the way I like them – some functional yet unconventional creative agency offices featured on This Ain’t No Disco (it’s where we work).

Finnish communications agency Trust Creative Society adopted an open floor plan that resembles a cosy restaurant – complete with kitchen and dining area – rather than the traditional office layout. It really looks like they’re working in a cafe – round the clock refreshments and perfect for discussions.

American communications agency Big Giant has a professional yet homely vibe with warm wood textures, carpets and sofas. Toy-adorned shelves in the rest areas encourage play and brainstorming.

Below: Of course, couldn’t do a post about creative work spaces without including a mention of Google’s notoriously smashing offices. Images via The Concept Times and here.

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Seen at the Singapore Biennale 2011

The third Singapore Biennale opened on 13 March featuring the work of 63 artists from 30 countries, and presented across 5 venues:

  • The Singapore Art Museum at Bras Basah Rd
  • SAM at 8Q (along Queen St just behind the Singapore Art Museum)
  • National Museum of Singapore at Stamford Rd
  • Old Kallang Airport
  • Merlion Park at Marina Bay

This year’s theme ‘Open House’ alludes to a gathering of multiple perspectives and creative processes and the commentary on how we move between borders, see each other’s points of view, and form connections with others.

The event is on till 15 May and as the works are distributed across the city, you’d probably be best taking your time to visit the sites over a few days or weekends. Did you visit any of the sites – what did you think? Any favourites? Here’s a glimpse of a few of mine:

Bucket Stools & More by Pedersen + Lennard

Along with indoor greenery and plants that won’t kill the cat, I’ve been on the look out for items to create that indoor greenhouse feel or an ‘indoor outdoor’ room. Outdoor bike stands, wrought iron moldings, concrete floors, industrial furniture, steel lockers were just a few of the things I’ve been considering.

Pedersen + Lennard are a South African design duo whose functional yet witty Scandinavian-esq designs have attracted much international attention and labeled them as young emerging designers to watch.

I’m a big fan of found-object furniture and these bucket stools are no exception. I especially like the humorous cow-hide version (even though.. it does evoke horrors of what might one day… be found.. villainously… deposited in them…)

Men in Permanent Disguise

Moustached men, as regarded by my RLSH, are all part of some masonic sect organised around ancient and hairy rituals members vow never to speak of.

Today we name just a few of these Men in Permanent Disguise.

“I’m in the middle of filming a movie in China,” said Bale, sporting a bushy beard for his part in Zhang Yimou’s ‘The 13 Women of  Nanjing’. “When I finish the movie in China, it’s straight to Batman. Much more Batman.”

The beard? The bat? Honestly you can’t get more MIPD than that.

“Oh my! Grandma! What shapely whiskers you have!” Clark Gable’s chevron-style moustache supposedly disguised his large ears.

Sam Elliot plays Sam Elliot in all his movies. His permanent disguise includes a full wardrobe – chaps, hat and even full riding gear.

and the list goes on…

And last but not least there’s the stashtrooper. Happy MIPB spotting!