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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).