WeWork has designed the new headquarters for Arianna Huffington’s wellness company Thrive.
The office is the latest work from HQ by WeWork, the company’s office design and management service branch.
By providing both design and everyday management, WeWork is making good on its $47 billion valuation. HQ by WeWork gives the company a great opportunity to prep startups for a future with WeWork.
Although Thrive is run by the well-known media mogul, it is only a 75-person office that plans on hiring 25 more.
Designer Adam Kimmel created a relaxed, rejuvenating environment that reflects Thrive’s aesthetic. Huffington’s office contains a rustic coffee table and a tiny bed where visitors can leave their cell phones to give it a rest.
“We’re at this shift in office design in the world in general where people really want that more relaxed, homey feeling in the workplace,” said Kimmel. “Just something more cozy and comfortable and cushions that are soft and breaking up the sea of desks with little living areas and books, bookshelves.”
Despite this, the space most definitely reflects that of WeWork, with white desks, a large open office area, phone booths and conference rooms. It also contains a video editing suite, recording studio and wellness room.
Huffington said that the partnership with WeWork is important as it gives the company the ability to change the space as the company grows. She also said that she doesn’t have the time to furnish the space and is focusing her energy in growing the business.
WeWork is the official leaseholder of the office, which gives Thrive more flexibility than it would have otherwise.