Nextdoor's Colorful Office Space Channels Neighborly Charm
Social networking site Nextdoor's lively new San Francisco's Rincon Center office reflects the aim of the company: bringing back a sense of community to the neighborhood. Aimed at drawing neighbors closer together, Nextdoor is a new social network that connects people based on where they live. Founded in 2010, the company now has 7,322 neighborhood groups; to join, members must verify their address and from there can create a profile, share photos and post comments and updates to the neighborhood news feed. Designer Ken Fulk implemented design with the community vibe in mind, with playful additions and splashes of color that remind one of the comforts of home.
Nextdoor's office design echoes the company's mission, with small touches throughout, bringing the space back to the neighborhood theme. In the reception area hang images of fishermen in Provincetown, MA photographed by artist Mischa Richter. The blue chairs are vintage from 1stdibs.com.
Nextdoor just moved into their new Rincon Center office over the summer - the company was expanding and they needed a larger space to grow into. Located on the second floor of the Streamline Moderne-style building that used to be a post office, Nextdoor's office has views facing the cleanly-kept courtyard. These tall windows in the kitchen are perfect for people-watching during a mid work day snack.
Says designer Ken Fulk, "The founders of Nextdoor are my dear friends - so working with them was a family-like affair. Of course, as with all start ups, there was little money for the design, but it was important to them that the space reflected the values of the company and felt like a community, not just an office. To this end, we outfitted break-out rooms with maps and images of actual interactions between Nextdoor's real life customers. We also used iconic symbols of the classic neighborhood, front doors as screens and real old-fashioned mailboxes as art, to act as a reminder and a tangible link for the employees of what they do in their digital world to the brick and mortar neighborhoods they serve."