via The Coolist
It’s a sad truth, but most we’re going to end up spending our working days in terribly uninspiring environments. Those fluorescent panels, cookie cutter cubicles and motivational posters may be soulless, but design sensibility often carries a premium that is slashed from the bottom line of ‘Big Business’. There are some progressive companies, however, who push the envelope of design to provide their employees with a truly invigorating work environment. To celebrate the office as a place where work can be beautiful, The Coolist have gathered 10 of the most amazing office spaces in the world. My favourite is Manchester Square Interior by SHH, it’s more gentleman’s club than office, but I love the idea behind it. What’s yours?
Ok, on the downside, you get less tea in the mug, but you save on dishes by not needing a plate for the biscuits. On the whole, it’s a great idea.
Friday night. Late. Bored. Just what was in my head.
Natsko Seki is a Japanese illustrator, born in Tokyo but now residing in London. She graduated with a BA in Illustration from Brighton in 2005 and has gone on to be one of the most exciting young illustrators in Britain. Her style fuses handdrawn shapes with solid patches of colour, often building up to a vibrant snapshot of human life. Her style is mixed media, but with a contemporary edge, and she enjoys success both here and back in her native Japan.
Visit her website here
Set high in the Sierra Madre mountain range, the Torres House seeks to establish an intimate contact with the natural environment in which it is located. Discreetly open towards the street, the house is accessed by crossing over a fountain from which a huge oak tree emerges, impressive both for its size and its beauty. Once on the porch, a grand mural-like door -constructed of marble, wood and steel- welcomes the visitor.
Inside, the entry hall merges into an area of contrasting materials consisting of Santo Tomas marble and volcanic stone walls. From this area there is a visual continuity with the rest of the house and with the garden that was left in its natural state as a small oak forest.
In the living room, conceived almost as a glass box, one can experience the view to the Sierra Madre peaks in the distance and the garden near by. Owing to its location within the mountain, where winters can get really cold, there is a fireplace for the family to gather around in the evenings.
From the dining room and the media room, one can access the roof terrace and enjoy the splendid views of the Sierra Madre as well as of the city of Monterrey. Here the musical background of the sounds of nature is in sharp contrast to the roar of the city below.
Nicholas Feltron is a graphic designer, working out of New York, USA. His work has been featured in many magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Esquire and Print Magazine. His style is very information heavy, often delivering statistics or working as a timeline. This method of data visualisation is not only informative, but ever so pleasing on the eye.
He also provides his own annual report based around facts and figures of the past year of his life, be it how far he had travelled and where, down to how many times he ate at certain restaurants. His work can be found here, on his website.
Nomiya is a pop-up restaurant, situated high upon the roof of the Palais de Tokyo in France, where it provides awe-inspiring views of the city. Seating just 12 people, it provides a unique and intimate eating experience with all of Paris’ beauty within sight and is open until July 2010.
I love the idea of placing a small, intimate restuarant in such a desired and lofty location. It is a clever design that uses its surroundings to emphasise itself. For the lucky few that manage to get a booking there, it will surely be an unforgettable experience.