What's old is new again
Big news for us this week was that we moved into our new office.
Then, not one week later, a fella called Paul Barbera emailed to
say that photo's he'd taken of our old office were now up on his
Just one set of Friday afternoon drinks and it feel like the old
office is long forgotten (hey they were good drinks), until you
look around and see all the familiar fitout. We first moved into
our own office just over a year agon in August '10, the week our
Greens ad for Gruen Nation hit the airwaves. It was scary to
suddenly not be subletting someone else's space and to have a lease
that said you have to keep paying up every month for a year but, of
course like all things, it quickly became just the way things
One of the things we endeavoured to do was fit out the office in
the most sustainable way possible, using chests of drawers and
sideboards from Vinnies as deskends and only resorting to plywood
for the bits we had to. In decking out the new office, the brief to
architects Workshop1 were the same. Come see our old
office, figure it out how you can reuse it all to build the new
office. So that's what they did.
The result is fresh yet familiar and, we think, something to be
proud of. Shelves are simple but effective, storage is plentiful,
the board room is made of recycled timbers and there is a visitors
parking bike rack.
In short, we're happy in our new home. And grateful to Paul
Barbera for taking the time to photograph our old one.