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ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Escape News -

You may wish to wave this new cof­fee-ta­ble book un­der your boss’s nose. Keen to in­ves­ti­gate some of the world’s hippest workspaces, in­de­pen­dent Ir­ish pub­lisher Roads se­cured ac­cess to a va­ri­ety of in­ter­na­tional of­fices, pho­tographed them, and pro­duced new ti­tle The Cre­ative Work­place (Roads Pub­lish­ing, £25). The book’s in­tro­duc­tion looks at the pro­duc­tiv­ity stats be­hind Google’s in­fa­mous new setup, which in­volves free break­fasts, Lego ‘play sta­tions’ for em­ploy­ees and Broad­way-themed con­fer­ence rooms, along­side Lon­don de­signer Andy Stevens’ wry ob­ser­va­tion of the dif­fer­ence be­tween work ar­eas that ful­fil cre­ative re­quire­ments, and those that just ‘ look cre­ative’. Our favourite case study is Parisian data con­sul­tancy Eki­met­rics (far left): its rooms have orig­i­nal fres­coed ceil­ings and are filled with play­ful pine house-like struc­tures. We also love the mix of old ru­ins and slick con­tem­po­rary ad­di­tions in Casa Rex, Brazil ( left).

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