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The Forgotten Offices That Shaped Apple, Facebook, and Google

Online, Apple, Facebook, and Google are competing to control the future of technology. Offline, they are competing to build the future of corporate architecture—small cities nestled in the Silicon Valley suburbs that are designed by some of the most famous architects alive today. It’s a space race. Literally.
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The Complete Guide to Choosing (or Building) the Perfect Standing Desk

Standing desks are popular, but choosing a good one is no easy task. You could go with a motorized, whole desk replacement, or DIY a simple solution. You could even buy an adjustable attachment to go on top of your existing desk. Let's talk about what you may need in a standing desk, what you can get for your… » 1/28/15 3:57pm 1/28/15 3:57pm

9 Adorable Cartoons That Illustrate the Most Productive Types of Space

“Going to work” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but for most of us? Welp, it probably involves lots of sedentary hours sitting with pretty poor posture at a desk that’s not quite the right height, staring and staring and staring at a screen. But! The times, they are a-changin’, and… » 8/20/13 9:00am 8/20/13 9:00am

Glide Out Of Bed: Houses With Slides In Them

If play is the opposite of work, then every home should have a mandatory slide. It’s significantly faster than taking the stairs, greener than an elevator, and more compact than either. Plus, you will never have to go to the playground again. In fact, as an adult in New York state at least, you aren’t even allowed to… » 7/20/13 10:24pm 7/20/13 10:24pm

Inside Google Japan's Lovely, Bizarre, Hair-Covered Offices

Google’s company policy requires that each office reflect some of the local color of the city around it: Google Zurich has ski gondolas, Google Pittsburgh has steel mill photos, and so on. That policy results in designs that sometimes border on twee (see: Google London's gratuitous Union Jacks), but sometimes, it… » 6/12/13 12:20pm 6/12/13 12:20pm

Google's Offices Have Awesome Secret Rooms Hidden By Swiveling Bookshelves

Google's New York City office has something that every office in America needs: secret rooms hidden by swiveling bookshelves. If you're not in the know, you wouldn't know it existed. But if you do have Batman access at Google, you can pull the correct book and expose a whole 'nother world. Or something like that. » 4/22/13 8:30pm 4/22/13 8:30pm

Early Google Video From '99 Shows They Do Mundane Office Birthday Celebrations Too

Way back in December of 1999, Google was able to fit all its employees into one room for their weekly "TGIF" meetings, hosted by Page and Brin. Watch as employees clad in jumpers that'll make our own Sam Biddle weak at the knees celebrate an office birthday, and get out the silly string. » 4/27/11 4:40am 4/27/11 4:40am