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Friday, November 13, 2009

A tale of two corporate headquarters

Have you ever wondered what the center of the Etsy universe looks like? About what you'd expect from the online craft cooperative of all things crocheted. A 9-foot cardboard owl guards the entrance. Is that mistletoe growing out of its forehead? Or a pink and yellow carrot?

Someone had the inspired idea to paint a focal wall red. ZIPPY!

"We're not really a $135-million-dollar-a-year corporation. We keep it real with cardboard and bed sheet window treatments."

And now for some commercial design you can sink your teeth into - the headquarters of Gawker Media, the virtual corral of multiple gossip sites. Ink-y tufted leather and animal skulls - delicious.

The main workspace was designed to resemble the long tables of college libraries and make the fresh-faced employees feel more at home.

The cheerleader art is by Joe Heaps Nelson who "glorifies the inconsequentials" of American life.

The lesson learned here today? Twee blows and snark pays.

[Jezebel and The Business Insider]

15 comments:

susieq said...

Fascinating! Love this peak inside. Neither is anything like I might have imagined. Great post.

wool and misc said...

Down with TWEE! I want to work for Gawkerrrrrrrr. EFF. The Facebook headquarters were pretty sparkley, too. Did you like those?

wool and misc said...

ps. i'm snarky enough to play with the gawk, right? i'm deleting that sweet is the new snark post immediately. if this is the face of snark, then let's snark it up!

Kate said...

One thing where it proves the phrase 'style over content' isnt always true.
I'm off to knit a rock.

Sol Kawage said...

135 million a year? wow. what a craphole.

pillow mint said...

i just have no words - i can't stop looking at that owl.
i think it's a pinata.

erin@designcrisis said...

You would think those millions could buy something better than a crafty hooverville.

karly / design-crisis.com said...

have you thought of a plan to create a big enough distraction for me to abscond with all the Joe Heaps paintings from gawker?

ok, well, let me know when you do

nkp said...

This is a brilliant post Madame. Makes
you think...

Pam Kersting said...

Fascinating!

maison21 said...

your lesson made me laugh! thx!

Raina Cox said...

Wool & misc - I did see the Facebook HQ - droolworthy!

Maison21 - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Cassie said...

Aw, I used to work in the Etsy building. Come to think of it, we had makeshift window treatments at first too.

Alison said...

Man, the Regretsy headquarters must look like design-y heaven then.

Seriously, go: http://www.regretsy.com/

I read the whole site last night and was crying it's so funny. I think my abs look better today.

woodley park-zoo said...

"off to knit a rock" from Kate's comment
hi-larious!

Inky black leather done well, soooooooooooo good...
(gotta be taut, not bad layered cushion monstrosities)