Photography Credit Jasper Sanidad.
Livefyre is a company that aggregates web content to help media clients curate their own multi-source sites. For their headquarters in San Francisco they wanted a space that reflected both their free-form, fun-loving culture and the all-encompassing work ethic that characterizes their staff. But Livefyre’s budget was small and their schedule unusually tight. The project became an exercise in what could be done with limited resources on the fastest track imaginable.
O+A’s designers saw in Livefyre’s mission of drawing content from the broad landscape of social media an expansive spirit that could be expressed spatially in wide common areas, meeting rooms with transparent walls and ample light. One wall in the company’s reception area streams a live feed of real-time postings, embodying the “now” orientation of Livefyre’s various services. Another workshop space creates individual “engineer’s caves,” acoustically-paneled cubbies in which Livefyre staffers can retreat with earphones and a laptop and zone out for concentrative work.
Perhaps the most striking space in the office is the all-hands area which features a large original mural by San Francisco artist Eric Otto. Otto and Livefyre’s founder Jordan Kretchmer were friends before either became successful and even then envisioned a future in which Jordan would commission art from Eric for one of his companies. Amazingly both artist and entrepreneur had forgotten that pact until O+A’s designers recommended Otto’s work for the large common wall at Livefyre. Surely a demonstration of how some partnerships—O+A/Otto/Livefyre—are preordained to click however tight the schedule.