The famed design of Googleplex and all the other Google offices worldwide have probably inspired a lot of startup companies to follow suit with creative and vibrant offices for their own workers. After all, a new company means a new beginning and what better way to set that tone than by decorating the space in a way that presents the company…
Take a look at these 15 startup office designs I have put together below. With large open spaces and lots of natural lighting, you’ll be amazed at just how much these spaces can vary and how they really reflect their companies culture.
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Quirky is a relatively young company launched in 2009 and since then it has developed plenty of products. You can find their goods in big name retail shops, such as Bed Bath and Beyond and Office Max among others.
In 2012, Quirky moved into a new office situated on the second floor of an old warehouse in the West side of Manhattan.
It’s an ideal space for the company with lots of room for workshops, meetings, and opportunities for play too. (Image Source: Office Snapshots)
Who wouldn’t want to “check-in’ into an office like this? Foursquare is a location-based social network made for mobile devices that allows you to flag your current location and leave a feedback in various places you visit. Their office is situated in New York.
It’s full of workspaces and unconventional lounges. The Foursquare office even has a recreational room with foosball, ping pong tables, and shuffleboard to help release stress. (Image Source: Dezeen)
Spotify, the music streaming company’s office is also located in New York. It was designed by their team and contains the largest installation of height-adjustable desks in the city.
Spotify’s office is a bi-level space filled with loads of team workspaces, open plan workstations, and plenty of seats. All of them spiced up with some cool color splashes. (Image Source: Office Snapshots)
Etsy is a vintage and handmade paradise on the Internet for crafty people. The Etsy Dumbo office is like a microcosm of Etsy.com itself because it’s filled with brightly colored things and evokes a cozy living room feel.
Everything here inspires you to create something new and share it with the world. (Image Source: Refinery29)
Gawker is a blog founded by Nick Denton and Elizabeth Spiers. It covers celebrities and media industry news. Their office is located in New York. It has a huge lounge area that reminds you of ‘The Matrix’, a large roof deck and takes its influence from Steampunk in terms of the decor. (Image Source: Business Insider)
Phil Libin started Evernote so that people could have an external brain. These days Evernote is one of the most used applications in the world. Their office is located in Redwood City, California. With 80,000 square feet, Evernote’s office have had to work with a tiny budget and a busy schedule.
Despite that fact, it looks pretty awesome! The lobby wall has water-conserving plants that are low maintenance and create a focal point within the space. As the elephant is part of Evernote’s branding, you find them everywhere. (Image Source: Dexigner)
Moo.com is a company which deals with business cards of any kind. They create and print the business cards and do all the hard work for you. In their London office, everything is located on the large floorplan with tables for work sections.
Filled with a lot of colors and simple but tasteful spaces, this office really encapsulates the possibilities of startups. (Image Source: Moo.com Blog)
BuzzFeed is a social news and entertainment blog. It was founded back in 2006 in New York as a viral lab and has grown into a huge company which covers a range of topics. BuzzFeed office has yellow walls, 2 floors, breathtaking views and a huge lunch area. (Image Source: Fast Company)
Basecamp, formerly known as 37signals’, is a web software company based in Chicago. This company is also known for their good design capabilities and rewriting the rules.
The Basecamp office looks like a modern hotel lobby with its sharp design. There’s a sense of elegance and professionalism that is depicted here. (Image Source: Basecamp)
Outbrain is a content discovery company which helps their users boost their traffic using different kinds of widgets. Outbrain does it by presenting the viewers with related links and interesting content.
The office houses a colorful mural by Sofia Maldonado, an artist from Puerto Rico. White, beige, and grey furniture is complemented with vivid bright accessories, like these colorful lights. (Image Source: Cargo Collective)
Path is photo-sharing and messaging service for mobile devices founded in 2010. The service allows a person to share photographs with family and friends up to 150 contacts from the list.
Their office is located in San Francisco. It has lots of big windows that provide natural light and whiteboard walls. Moreover, there is a an old retro phone booth in the office. (Image Source: Office Snapshots)
If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, you’re probably living under a rock. Pinterest is an online image-sharing service that lets their users "pin" images and create special “boards’ to share their particular interests.
Pinterest’s new office is based in San Francisco, which is a popular place for high tech companies. Pinterest’s office is called “Pinstitute”. Lots of glass, wooden furniture, and white walls strike a balance between minimalism and comfort. (Image Source: Office Snapshots)
Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers their clients cloud storage and software for saving content. It was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. Conference rooms in Dropbox Inc. have interesting names, such as Romance Chamber or Break Up Room.
The Dropbox office is modern, minimalistic, and elegant but at the same time, still embodies a great amount of character. (Image Source: Office Snapshots)
Birchbox is a New York-based company founded by 2 women, Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna. It’s an online monthly subscription service that sends their subscribers 4-5 samples of carefully selected cosmetics products for only $10 per month. Their office was designed by Design 3 agency and is cheerful and creative.
The rooms are named according to the different parts of a room such as Living Room, Gallery and Guest Room and they’re decorated accordingly. For example, the Gallery is colored white with an orange workout section. (Image Source: Office Design Gallery)
Zazzle is an online retailer that allows their users to upload photos that lead to creating unique personal clothes, posters and other goods, and even buy pieces made by others. With the 90,000-square-foot headquarters in California, Studio O+A designed with the company’s DIY, hand-crafted aesthetic in mind.
Wild wallpapers, floral ottomans, and splashes of yellow and blue are made all the more vibrant by the natural light that pours in from the windows. (Image Source: Office Snapshots)