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Navajo Company, an advertising and public relations firm serving the growing Silicon Valley high-tech industry, wanted an environment to reflect who they are—a space that is both high-tech, yet warm and inviting. Along with exposed structure, mechanical ducts and lighting, the lobby is enclosed by a sweeping curved wall cut with a narrow slot which provides a glimpse of the room that lies just ahead. The opening reveals the main conference room beyond. On axis to the entry, the view is down an angled wall of offices, with stairs to a new mezzanine beyond. From the conference rooms, selective views out reveal open office furniture and the company’s sign in the entry area beyond. The stainless steel stair with wood treads leads to the mezzanine offices.

The open office environment sits on an island of neutral-toned carpet tiles laid in a crisscross pattern, while the circulation areas are of highly polished concrete floors. Bright red stools dot the landscape. The mezzanine stair landing sits perched on a single column planted in the concrete floor. Navajo’s theme is reflected in the warm colors balanced by the cool tones of Haworth’s open office systems, which have translucent upper panels for privacy and openness. Both task chairs and conferences chairs have open weave back supports. From the main conference room, big doors and windows give generous views to the office interior. Brightly colored stools brighten up the break area, which has a roll-up garage door to let the outside in on sunny days.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: TICO Construction
FURNITURE: Contract Office Group
PHOTOGRAPHY: John Sutton


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