Taking work out of workplace decor
— RANDY NICOLAU POPPIN
Randy Nicolau hated buying furniture for his previous companies. “The process was broken and antiquated,” he says. “The only thing worse was buying a car.” So in 2012 he founded Poppin, which has designed office spaces and branded office products for the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, and more. Nearly all the furniture, office supplies, and accessories Poppin sells can be shipped the same day—no more waiting 12 weeks for a new desk. And to appeal to a younger work force, the company, based in New York City, amped up the design: Instead of drab gray, Poppin’s wares come in Zeitgeisty colors like Millennial pink. The company is also pioneering staples for the open office, such as a “privacy chair” with upholstered walls.