Hey Philip! Tell us about the Google Seed Studio and your work there.
PB: Google’s Seed Studio operates as an internal design agency inside the Hardware Design team. We’re a global team of creatives, producers and designers with backgrounds in product design, fashion, film production and consulting. Our focus is on developing new products and creative content.
Google Seed Studio’s physical space has a distinct character, spacious yet warm and contained. How did you go about designing it? Aside from the functions it needed to support — what was the sensation and atmosphere you wanted people to feel when there?
PB: We wanted our studio to feel more like a showroom and design lab rather than a traditional office environment. The studio features raw concrete walls, frosted glass and furniture in muted earthy hues. It’s set up for collaboration with a huge bench and table setup and wall-to-wall whiteboards.
We like to think about our work as ‘serious play’ so the studio features a curious collection of inspirational items sourced by people on our team. Music plays a big role in both our creative process and output so we’ve outfitted the space with a number of high-end speakers, synthesizers and drum machines.