WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring
Facebook recently opened the doors to its new office in Johannesburg, a colourful, playful space, complete with ping-pong tables and poop emoji scatter cushions.
The brief to local interior firms was to design a work space that reflects the vision and culture of Facebook in South Africa. “With its simple, functional, open design and many meeting spaces, the new office is designed to facilitate openness and collaboration,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director of Facebook Africa.
As part of Facebook’s global Artists in Residence programme, the Johannesburg office collaborated with three local artists, namely Cameron Platter, Hlengiwe Dube and Lyndi Sales, to create the artworks showcased throughout the space.
The decor, which features a selection of locally sourced furniture that aims to celebrate the continent’s culture, was also informed by ideas that came directly from Facebook employees, from locally-inspired boardroom names and a safari-themed relaxation area to a wooden Baobab tree engraved with greetings in all 11 official South African languages.