The Best Workplace Projects of 2014

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Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.

Below, we’ve rounded up our 10 most popular project profiles from 2014. Common themes include people, flexibility, strategic brand integration, and, of course, inspirational and compelling images. But, as we prepare for 2015, we want to know more about the data and metrics you want to get out of our project profiles. Take this quick survey to help guide the kinds of questions we’ll be asking and the data we’ll reporting in the new year!

10. Starcom’s “Space for Ideas” in Chicago

Starcom OfficesHuman experience is the name of the game at Starcom, and nowhere is that more apparent than in their new Chicago HQ, which designers say is the ultimate reflection of the company’s vision and evolving culture. The newly renovated office includes furnishings from Herman Miller and Coalesse, and fosters a creative environment for employees through the addition of an “energy room”. Read more >>

9. An Incubator that Took Flight in San Francisco

The designers of Runway, an invitation-only startup incubator, looked to the expanse of airport runways to inspire a space that stands out among S.F.’s glut of tech spaces. “In contrast to the high-density model of many concepts, the concept here is that some kinds of development benefit from a greater degree of contrast between heads down areas” and open spaces. Read more >>

8. Getty Images’ Office that Emphasizes Brand and Culture

A look at the design process behind the internal branding strategy at Getty Images’ new Chicago sales and marketing call center. “Understanding the promise of the brand to the public while also inspiring a workforce through strategic design will better position the designer to create a successful environment,” said Ferd Dimailig, a designer at BOX Studios. Read more >>

7. ASID’s Interim Office at WeWork

The American Society of Interior Designers is exploring new ways of working in a transitional office at a WeWork location in D.C. According to Randy Fiser, ASID’s executive vice president and chief executive officer, the interim office solution means that his staff gets to experience the future of the workplace first-hand. “It’s been a phenomenal experience,” he said. Read more >>

6. Our 2014 Work Design NOW Projects

Check out our sneak peeks at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America‘s new Silicon Valley outpost, AIREA Inc.‘s forward-thinking furniture and coworking STUDIO in Detroit, and IdeaPaint‘s totally “erasable” Boston HQ. Stay tuned for the full Work Design NOW case studies, sponsored by Haworth and slated to go live during the second week of January. Read more >>

5. An A+D Firm that Mastered Flexible Space

Ayers Saint Gross’ new D.C. office is open, adaptable, and fits the organization to a T — in other words, the firm is leading by example. They’ve also emphasized sustainability: more than 85 percent of the staff takes public transportation, walks, or bikes to work on a daily basis. Employees also compost food, recycle, and attend virtual meetings on the reg instead of traveling to be there in person. Read more >>

4. 1stdibs’ Dynamic Mix of Home and Office

The online marketplace that has built its reputation selling “the most beautiful things on earth” recently moved into a new, 42,000 square foot office in Manhattan.  The space supports everything from focused, individual work and team meetings in comfortable communal spaces to yoga classes and wine tastings. And, naturally, they turned to their own dealers to furnish the space. Read more >>

3. A Private Equity Firm that Struck a Balance Between Open and Private Space

When Manhattan-based Stripes Group was preparing for a move from their old office in Midtown to a cool new spot in the Meatpacking District, they told the design team at ICRAVE that they wanted an open office that would “promote the free flow of ideas.” But in the open space, they also wanted to integrate six private offices for their top execs. Read more >>

 2. The DesignLab “Office of the Future”

In September, Vornado/Charles E. Smith invited six D.C.-area architecture and design firms to transform plain office suites, ranging in size from 2,800 to 5,900 square feet, in Crystal City, Va. into the most forward-thinking spaces that they could imagine. In March, they unveiled a series of flexible, open spaces with fewer walls, more mobile spaces, and much more natural light. Read more >>

1. Coca-Cola’s People-Centric Toronto HQ

Their new office embodies the company’s promise to “deliver happiness” by celebrating, engaging, and delighting employees. Company-wide, they emphasize that workplace impact on people is just as important as top-line growth. The new space tells the brand’s story and pays homage to Coca-Cola’s legacy while also focusing on the people who make the company what it is today. Read more >>




Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.
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