The amazing book, Where We Work Creative Office Spaces by Ian
McCallam, is based on the website
www.thisaintnodisco.com and investigates how design agencies
transform regular offices into a friendly and design inspired
environments to unleash their workers inner muse.
With over 260 pages, Where We Work is not just a book just
for designers but rather, all people interested in innovative
and inspirational environments. This book showcases the interior
designs of around forty five of the world's most recognised
Advertising, Media and Design agencies. Needless to say, many are
With that said, the concepts showcased in this book really highlight the creative
inspiration behind many of these designs and opposed to boring
traditional offices, these designs have been created to challenge
and ignite their staff. With all the offices in this book coming from the design
world, it does provide a strong message to the outside world that
almost anything is possible.
Some of the companies featured in this book include Ground Zero, The
Jones Group, Australia's very own Digital Eskimo and my favourite, The Oglivy & Mather Guangzhou Group
which created a theme park atmosphere in their office from its bold
designs featuring merry-go-round horses and in your face colours.
The idea behind the design was to assist the workers in relaxing and
also opening their mind to new ideas.
Each company that is showcased in this hardcover book also features a floor plan and the
size of the office which does assist in giving you a mental picture
of these areas. I also like how McCallam speaks with some of the
designers responsible and given that some of the designs may seem
abstract, there's actually quite an intensive thought process behind
Of course, not all the offices feature the strange or pop culture references like
Scaletrix racing sets or monsters but some offices showcase the
great movers and shakers in society like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis
Presley and Martin Luthor King such as the Bloom Project in Germany.
The book is quite balanced in this aspect and not one feature was
With colour photos littered throughout the entire book, some
full page, Where We Work is the perfect book to help inspire
all budding and existing designers. It's definitely a book that you
can always go back to and read the wonderful insights into the
designs and more importantly, the amazing photos that accompany
them. Books like this are rare and as
a book, Where We Work Creative Office Spaces is sheer brilliance!