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Location, location, location. So goes the adage for real estate, and it may as well apply to offices too. When it comes to recruiting top talent, modern office decor is one detail that Silicon Valley's top players are taking notice of these days.
Skype recently unveiled their new North American headquarters in Palo Alto, California. And this is one nice place to work. The office embodies the creative spirit of an internet start-up with ample open spaces...and Foosball tables!
Brand experience runs throughout the design, from the Skype "mug shots" in the lobby (pictured at the top of this post), to city maps on the lunchroom wall clocks, symbolizing the company's global reach.
One gets a sense from the minimalist desks, pocket "parks" and open seating dotting the interior that this is a paper-free, wireless office environment.
And this is the truth of the new economy, isn't it? Work is digital, collaborative and fun, which means offices should be bright, open spaces. The new Skype offices rely heavily on contemporary pendant lighting. Here's our homage to some of the predominant Skype styles:
Black Canvas Brushed Steel Pendant Chandelier, Encircled Crystal Possini Euro Halogen 3-in-1 Pendant, Alabaster Dust Glass George Kovacs Chandelier
If an environment of talent, innovation, and ultimately, dedication is what companies are looking for in the 21st century, it appears that office decor is part and parcel to fostering such a mindset.
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