Quid’s San Francisco office – designed by Assembly/CannonDesign – are profiled by Hospitality Design in a new roundup of premier workplace projects. The full article is available online.

San Francisco-based Assembly/CannonDesign’s lobby redux for software company Quid’s San Francisco office reflects the company’s unification of words and data. Inspired by the walls of a library, blackened walnut and brass shelves span the length of the space, housing books, antique scientific tools, and diagrammatic patterns and drawings. “We wanted the entrance to pull you in, so our fixed elements are pushed to the perimeter, creating an area to circulate, gather, and explore,” says Assembly/CannonDesign principal Liz Guerrero.

An abstract ceiling fixture made of wood dowels and Styrofoam hangs above a communal table, depicting the connecting nodes and pathways of an information network. For “what emerged as an appreciation of books and patterns,” Guerrero adds, the defining feature became an art wall that used Quid’s software to find the most influential books of all time. Ten were chosen, from Harry Potter to The Scrabble Dictionary, with each analyzed to determine which chapters and pages best represented each read. From there, they were arranged on walls and ceilings to highlight the team’s love of words and patterns that connect people to the world’s collective intelligence.

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