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The office is a place of inspiration, especially the library on the 5th floor that brims with books and magazines that cover topics from programming to design.The company's been in the So Ho space at 459 Broadway — above a yoga studio, to which the team has a free membership — since fall 2010.SEE ALSO: Are These the Best Startup Perks You've Ever Seen?But even if you're not Google, you can foster a certain vibe and inspire your team with a creative, well-designed space."We took these found objects and custom-made most of the furnishings," says Markofsky, adding that these DIY pieces are mixed with items from Moss and Restoration Hardware.Soon the company will have even more space to decorate — they're adding on another 15,000 square feet for designers and electrical engineers.And the good news is, it doesn't have to cost a fortune.We spoke with 13 startups and got the scoop on their approach to design, where they stocked up on decor and what they love most about the space. Like the company itself, the Quirky office design is the vision of founder Ben Kaufman.
After work, the Outbrain office doubles as a venue for happy hours, meetups, and panels (in the kitchen), while the sofa areas inspire low-key "chill sessions." — and each room has a central piece of modern artwork.
The space is mostly black and white, just like the brand logo, with 16-foot ceilings and glass walls covered in code and sketches.
Each of the 131 employees works at a USM desk, while sitting in a Herman Miller Aeron chair.
Each meeting room has its own flavor and vibe, dictated by its namesake badge — Swarm has yellow wallpaper, Herbivore is green, Photogenic is stocked with antique cameras.
Meeting rooms have glass walls and Idea Paint to spur collaborative thinking, and a TV in the back of the office is equipped with video chat, so the team can connect with fellow Foursquare teammates in other locations.
The space has more than 30 conference rooms, so the team came up with a few fun naming conventions — fake elements (Kryptonite, Unobtanium, Solonite), cocktails (