6 Design-Minded Offices in the USA and China

Design talents truly excel at American and Chinese offices.
1. Firm: Float Design Studio.
Project: Casper Sleep.
Site: New York.
Standout: Matching the blue from the online mattress maker’s popular subway ads, a stained-oak structure offers niches for quick naps or long meetings.

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Quartz by Desai Chia Architecture. Photography by Mark Craemer.
2. Firm: Desai Chia Architecture.
Project: Quartz.
Site: New York.
Standout: A central divider with Douglas fir supports, which double as shelving, separates the reporters’ and editors’ desks from communal areas including a cafe.

paul-hastings-gensler-spray-painted-steel-0517Paul Hastings by Gensler. Photography by Garrett Rowland.
3. Firm: Gensler.
Project: Paul Hastings.
Site: New York.
Standout: Spray-painted steel latticework derives from an algorithm that merged motifs from the Middle East and Southeast Asia, among regions where the law firm has a presence.

da-cheng-design-fuzhou-courtyard-area-0517Da Cheng Design Co by Da Cheng Design Co. Photography courtesy of Da Cheng Design Co.
4. Firm: Da Cheng Design Co.
Project: Da Cheng Design Co.
Site: Fuzhou, China.
Standout: The Chinese concept of the courtyard house is expressed in pitched-roof volumes that hold both meeting rooms and the offices of creative directors.

alibaba-hok-pasadena-lounge-open-area-0517Alibaba Pictures Group Limited by HOK. Photography by Eric Laignel.
5. Firm: HOK.
Project: Alibaba Pictures Group Limited.
Site: Pasadena, California.
Standout: For the e-retailer’s entertainment arm, a textured wall in a painted mineral composite channels the crumpled paper discarded during the creative process.

uber-bean-buro-hong-kong-cafe-area-0517Uber Technologies by Bean Buro Limited. Photography courtesy of Bean Buro Limited.
6. Firm: Bean Buro Limited.
Project: Uber Technologies.
Site: Hong Kong.
Standout: Felt-wrapped pendant fixtures hang over the cafe’s communal table conceived as the collaborative and social heart of the space.

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