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Michelle Kaufmann Tours Twitter's New Eco-Friendly Office
Michelle Kaufmann, one of our favorite design heroes, just took a tour of social media giant Twitter‘s brand new eco-friendly office space in downtown San Francisco, and we’ve got all the sweet details and pics! We’re super jealous of the Twitter team’s plush sustainable furniture and fabulous design aesthetic conjured up by the very talented Sara Morishige Williams, who happens to be the wife of Twitter CEO, Evan Williams (@ev). Working for a hot internet company certainly has its perks – some of which are a bird’s eye view of San Francisco, eco-friendly and non-toxic finishes, playful and inspiring decorations, and your very own DJ booth.
Sara Morishige Williams (@sara)’s design theory for the remodel of space was all about fun and sustainability. She says, “I wanted to bring the outdoors in, while making the space playful yet useful and sustainable.” Since the company only takes up part of a large building in SF, they couldn’t retrofit the whole thing, but they did prove that little changes towards sustainability can make a big difference. The walls are painted with bright no-VOC paints and non-toxic furniture and eco-friendly decorations set a cheerful mood throughout. Much of the decor that enlivens the office consists of used objects that have been refurbished and reinvented.
Visitors to the space are greeted by a sign featuring the well-known Twitter logo made from reclaimed barnwood and hot rolled steel fabricated by Lundberg Design and can see the flittering bird motif that runs throughout the office. Inside the conference room is a long concrete table designed by Sara in collaboration with Mark Rogero with Concreteworks, composed of 40% fly ash and 100% recycled aggregates. The base of the table and the receptionists’ desks are made from reclaimed barnwood too. Tree hooks in the lobby were made by John and Live Wire Farm. The couches are custom copies of famous designs from a store called Furniture Envy and the Chiquita stools, by Kenneth Cobonpue, have tops made from natural rattan poles. Last but certainly not least, the in-house DJ booth, which was actually left over by the previous inhabitants, is completely envy-inducing. Congrats @Twitter for making sustainable office space look so darn good! Please RT!
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