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Airbnb’s global-inspired and homely Parisian HQ

It is an office that feels like anything but. Each room is influenced by a unique culture, with all the comforts of a home firmly in place. This Paris HQ is home to technology disruptor Airbnb, created in a collaboration between Airbnb’s Environments Team and design firm STUDIOS Architecture.

The meeting rooms take inspiration from Airbnb listings around the world – from Morocco, USA, China and right here in Australia! The Tasmania inspired room features an old barn door as a reference to one of the company’s Hobart listings.

In the Moroccan inspired space, you’ll find mosaic tiles covering the floor and part of the walls, along with wicker baskets and colourful poufs.

Throughout this office, natural light streams through the many skylights, into the conservatory and onto the rooftop garden. The view is inspiring too – featuring none other than Paris’ most famous site: the Eiffel Tower.

In a first for Airbnb offices is the ‘hospitality lounge’: a space to welcome large and small groups for meet ups, events, debates and more. And while it references many cultures, this Airbnb HQ is distinctly Parisian with its mansard roof, giving the sense of a Parisian attic, along with furniture sourced from local flea markets and French designers like the Bouroullec Brothers and Jean Prouve.

Take a look…

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Photography by Donal Murphy from here.

Google unveils plans for ambitious new London office

Hailed as being longer than the Shard is tall, Google’s plans for its new 11 storey London base feature a half Olympic sized swimming pool, a rooftop cafe (one of four in the complex) and a multi-use indoor sports pitch.

The £1 billion Kings Cross campus will house up to 7,000 employees across its vast one million square feet of space. The HQ is the first purpose-built building by Google outside of the USA, and it is being described as a ‘groundscraper’ because of its sprawl lengthways rather than high.

Sustainability is key to the build, with just four car parking spaces compared to the 686 bike spots, along with a rooftop covered with plants and a track for ‘walking meetings’.

Designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick and the Bjarke Ingels Group, this expansive complex will also house shops at and an events centre – complete with a large auditorium, perfect for Google’s product launches and events.

Construction is slated to begin on the Kings Cross site in 2018.
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Celebrity insider: Supermodel turned entrepreneur Karlie Kloss reveals her NYC office

Former Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss’ life took a big diversion after she attended a coding boot camp in 2014. So inspired by the experience, the model now runs an organisation, ‘Koding with Klossy‘, which hosts coding camps for women, awards career scholarships to young women developers, and has created a community around women in technology.

So, with the need for their very first office space, Karlie reached out to Homepolish and Lulu & Georgia to create a space that was ‘clean, modern and had a personality’.

Not surprisingly, Karlie turned to technology for inspiration, citing Pinterest as a key resource of ideas around modern, open office spaces and lighting pieces.

Once the team found the right space, they got to work brightening and opening it up. The previous kitchen – with its dark cabinets and wooden countertops – was removed in favour of a cement island bench, white cabinetry and brass hardware. The rest of the office features white walls and statement lighting in the form of brass pendants and chandeliers. There is even a pretty little dressing space to provide a place for Karlie to change between her busy schedule of appointments.

The model turned entrepreneur’s end goal was to have a space that felt more like a home than an office; a conference room that felt more like a dining room; and a meeting room that felt more like a cosy living space. And that is does – with a chic, feminine and soft aesthetic to the entire space. Take a look…

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What’s new in the world of design: September 2017

With a technology focus this month, we have rounded up the latest and most exciting in technological developments from the design industry. From stylish new apps to clever voice recognition tools and 3D printed vases, there is certainly no shortage of creativity when it comes to technology for the home. Take a read…

1. Gucci Places

Gucci has unveiled its latest project: an ambitious new travel platform called ‘Gucci Places’, which will launch on the brand’s app this month. The new technology will allow users to explore the places that have inspired the brand’s 96-year history along with ‘check in’ to collect badges and explore Gucci-curated itineraries.

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2. Paper-torch flashlight

Nendo has partnered with AgIC technology to print an electronic circuit board onto YUPO paper using silver particle ink. Then, two button cell batteries and seven LEDs are glued with a conductive adhesive. The result is a light that shines brighter the tighter you roll it. The paper is durable and water-resistant and can be turned into pendant lights, desk laps, torches and more. Ingenious!

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3. Google Home

Find out the day’s weather, select and play a show on Netflix on or turn down the lights – it’s all possible via voice recognition thanks to the latest technology from Google: Google Home. In the words of the technology giant:

Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. And with support for multiple users, it can distinguish your voice from others in your home so you get a more personalised experience. It’s your own Google, just for you.

Retailing for $169, we expect to see this clever new device in many homes soon.

Technology meets nature with these new vases by Paris-based Studio Bold. 3D printed and then implanted with natural fibres such as bamboo and coconut – the ‘Poilu Vases’ show what’s possible when you think outside the box. The idea started simply as bringing more texture and tactility into the world of ceramic and developed into these ‘hairy’ and unique pieces.

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5. Samsung’s Frame TV

There is no denying that the black screen of a turned off TV is nothing pretty. Samsung has created a solution with the introduction of their ‘The Frame TV‘. They say:

When you’re not watching TV, Art Mode transforms The Frame into a beautiful work of art indistinguishable from the real thing. The Frame includes a free gallery of professionally curated art with 100 free pieces worth thousands of dollars from 10 different categories.

You can buy an individual piece of art to display on this device, or subscribe to a library of established and emerging artists’ work. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can even display your own photos. We like that the frame of this TV really does look like an artwork’s frame – with the choice of difference colours and finishes. The Frame TV retails from $2,799.99.

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