Photography Copyright Jasper Sanidad.
No projects are more inspiring than those created in collaboration with clients who love design. As one of our confidential clients expands to new locations and new floors of its present location, each project becomes a blank canvas on which to explore a fresh theme. That theme for the 5th floor of this client’s San Francisco headquarters was Paris Meets Bladerunner—a high-concept tagline that became, in execution, a meditation on the layered transience of design.
Starting with the city that many would judge the highest achievement of urban culture, we imagined Paris over a span of centuries (not excluding those to come) and created an office that mashes together sci-fi and antiquity. This 5th floor “Paris,” much like its counterpart in France, is an assembly of distinct neighborhoods, laid out as if for a culture of flaneurs, but overlaid with modern energy and drive.
This client is a strongly aspirational company, and the 5th floor design points aggressively toward its future. The details here are familiar things reimagined in slightly magical ways: bean bag chairs upholstered in carpet; “hard-candy” seating pods (hard on the outside, soft in the center); a floating staircase; a hero wall that illuminates each hero walking past; a colonnade of mirrors that appears to bend light. The naming conventions on this floor are drawn from the geography of science fiction novels, and carrels for private study or small meetings are upholstered in leather etched with subtle visualizations of sci-fi themes. The result, if not quite otherworldly, certainly suggests what this world can be with a little extra effort toward making it marvelous.