Name: Lithium Technologies
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: 50,000 square feet
Years worked in: 1 year, 2 months
Neon. Glamorous. High tech. These three things don't often find themselves in the same sentence together. Ok, maybe neon and tech. But glamorous? Yeah, that's a rare combination, but a welcome one. San Francisco based Lithium embraces this style with verve.
The space features alot of the things you see in tech companies these days: video games, giant walls for doodling and flexible work spaces. But it also embraces a serious dark side with massive chandeliers and huge leather couches that anchor the whole place in a certain classiness.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Historical with a organic modern twist
Inspiration: The building itself, the location and Lithium’s view of itself. The office tells Lithium’s story, the wall graphics depicting the company’s purpose and mission and “family pictures” of Lithium’s staff complement the main story line. Image walls highlighting photos (not logos – but portraits) of Lithium’s extended family – their clients – and their success stories in the social media arena.
Favorite Element: Glass walls
Biggest Challenge: Connection between teams—the building shape is a U and teams occupy multiple floors, so having unique areas to each floor that get people moving around and seeing each other was key to the design.
What Friends Say: “Wow...What an awesome space.”
Biggest Embarrassment: No proper shipping/receiving room & Buzzy phone booths.
Proudest DIY: TVs spread out all over the space, the idea of the picnic tables instead of expensive seating solutions, cool graphics on the wall panels and finally the community space created on the 14th floor.
Biggest Indulgence: The receptionist desk and light in the lobby.
Best Advice: Prioritize where you are willing to spend and where you can make cuts. Find a statement piece that means something to you or your company, for Lithium it was the receptionist area and lobby.
Dream Sources: Local shops and artists.
Resources of Note:
Allsteel furniture systems
Restoration Hardware, Urban Archaeology, Moooi, West Elm, Lampa, Marset
Lithium staff created custom graphics on magnetic vinyl
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(Image credits: Anthony Lindsey; Lithium; Eric Hsiao)