Pioneer of Office Design, Florence Knoll Bassett Dies at 101

Anyone familiar with open floor plans, straight lines and simplicity within their office knows the work of Florence Knoll Bassett. The acclaimed architect and designer reimagined corporate workspaces through her system of “total design,” which removed heavier drapes and desks and championed sleek, modern additions. As the design director of Knoll Associates, for more than 20 years, she pioneered minimalist direction. Her vision still inspires today. Read …

Amazon.com Opens a Rainforest-Filled Office

Equal parts greenhouse and office space, Amazon.com’s $4 billion downtown Seattle Spheres structure features verdant walkways and non-traditional, chair-laden meeting spaces. There also happens to be about 40,000 plants of 400 species, creating a rainforest-like environment (72 degrees, humidity at 60%, and a breeze throughout). It’s aimed to provide inspiration to employees. Jeff Bezos actually just opened the doors on the facility, by way of …

Amazon is Building Treehouses for Employees

Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is on the brink of an impressive new renovation. Outdoing free candy, nap rooms or massages, the corporation is going to offer employees a greenhouse complete with treehouses, an indoor creek and some 3,000 species of plants—many of which are endangered. While the irony of Amazon—who creates a lot of waste and recycling with their packaging—building a greenhouse won’t be lost on …