Airbnb captures global imagination


Our project for Airbnb is getting a lot of attention world-wide. The project not only enhances Airbnb workplace culture, but also inspires employees to move around the space to work and experience it just like you might one of their listings. Here’s what they’re saying;

“Move over Google and Facebook, there’s a new contender for Australia’s coolest office.” UK’s Daily Mail

“From the wilds of a Swedish archipelago to the quirky flair of a Cuban casa, the staff at Airbnb can travel the world in just a few metres thanks to the unique design of their new Sydney HQ.”

One of the great delights of the brief was to create themed rooms based on real Airbnb listings chosen by staff in Kangaroo Valley, Havana and Sweden after seeking permission from the respective hosts. We identified the key materials and elements that would help recreate these quirky and character filled rooms and bring them to life, enhancing the informal and inviting tone of the workplace. Whilst the project celebrates global travel, a local focus on Sydney and Australia is also communicated.

“The company kitchen is modelled on the Coogee Pavilion and the foyer features a stretch of astroturf that is a tribute to an AFL oval and even the toilets have not been forgotten with Mardi Gras themed changing rooms.”

Airbnb have just been voted the best tech company to work by US career website Glasshouse, ahead of the big guys like Facebook, Google and Linked in. So as the critics are touting, it could just be the world’s coolest office…

Here are links to some of the press if you’d like to read further;

The Daily Mail, flynewsonline,,

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‘The New Office’ by Cromwell Property Group

20150807_DSC5698It’s always satisfying to see how our projects go on to transform the working lives of the people that use them every day. Our client Cromwell Property Group in Brisbane have just published a glowing report on their recently completed workspace. Below is a little snippet of what they had to say;

One of Cromwell’s favoured interior design firms, The Bold Collective, has a diverse client list from ABC Radio National through to Airbnb and has helped many businesses transition from closed to open plan worksplaces using interior design to support cultural change.

The Bold Collective’s design director, Monika Branagan, points out that cultural and physical changes in the workplace can be daunting. “In our experience clients who are open to questioning their existing work patterns and behaviours and are open to challenging the status quo, push their organisation towards a positive change.

The post occupancy work we’ve conducted all indicates that dynamic work environments increase collaboration and flexibility and are more aligned with our fast paced, multi-tasked contemporary lives. Moreover, a static work environment is no longer relevant in 2015 and even the most traditional organisation is quickly realising the benefits and opportunities that more choice affords”, Monika said.

Benefits of the New Office

  1. greater real estate efficiency through a higher utilisation of spaceimproved flexibility to create project teams quickly
  2. vastly improved support for teamwork and general collaboration
  3. greater energy and activity which itself can be a positive cultural shift
  4. sustainability benefits through a reduced workplace footprint per person

You can read the complete article here. Good stuff Cromwell, we’re so pleased to hear it’s all going well.

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BOLD makes the top 40!

We were thrilled to have made it into the top 40 (studios that is) in the Emerging Interior Practice 2015 category of the World Interior News… yes, that’s right, TOP 40 IN THE WORLD! Read more about it and check out the international competition here.

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