If you had a treehouse INSIDE your office, would you ever want to go home? That's the concept behind Missing Link's extraordinary design for their lively new headquarters in South Africa. The presentation firm had to receive special permission to bring in a 6 ton tree that died of natural causes, which they then converted into an adorable treehouse complete with a cozy gathering area underneath. But that's not the end of it - with a budget of $120,000 and only 6 weeks to get from design to completion, the team scoured Johannesburg scrap yards and secondhand shops to find a range of unconventional recycled materials to create what they call "orchestrated chaos."
Samantha Dean is Missing Link’s Managing Director and one of several people who went without sleep and fought with contractors on a daily basis in order to bring this incredible project to fruition. “Richard (our CEO) is the biggest kid we have, so a fireman’s pole and slide were TOP of the list of HAVE to haves. Our space is very much a mesh of a lot of ideas from a bunch of people over time,” she said.
The 1,250 square feet office in Fourways also features a bath converted into a table, a faux camper van concession space, and the work of Graffiti master Nic Hooper of Shakewell, all of which reflect a refreshing take on the ideal work environment. Samantha said, “I think the biggest thing for me is that we are proof that you don’t need to work in a gray walled cubical farm to be productive. And we’re not a bunch of crazy ‘creatives’ – we make presentations for banks (amongst others).” She added, “You spend 66% of your life at work (and us often more so)– why not make it as much fun as possible?” We couldn’t agree more.