There’s a garage,
a cabin, a TREE
HOUSE, a meditation room, a conference room
with vinyl siding
fondly call it the trailer)
and think tanks with
entire walls serving as
From a larger perspective, John
Christensen, CEO of Charthouse
Learning (home of the famous Fish
Philosophy), set out to design the
most creativity-inspiring culture
that he could for his 25+ staff. His
offices rival Google in their inno-
vative nature. From lemon-lime
and purple walls to wood paneling,
every room has a theme. There’s
a garage, a cabin, a tree house, a
meditation room, a conference
room with vinyl siding (they fondly
call it the trailer), and think tanks
with entire walls serving as white
Christensen’s employees feel most
at home in the “lodge,” a room with
a beautiful stone fireplace and wood
walls. Of course, they included ping
pong tables and pinball machines.
Employees break at The Joy Café,
a 50’s style diner. Who wouldn’t be
inspired here? Christensen believes
the environment creates culture, and
the visitors who pass through his
doors are awestruck.
• Does it need to be in the home
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• what is your office’s main function? meeting with clients, writing,
• how will you organize your office to
keep distractions at bay?
• will you have a theme? how should
people feel walking into it?
• what color scheme will help you
achieve your theme?
• what components does your
office need? work stations, storage,
meeting area, desk?
• how will your desk run smoothly
and remain clutter free?
files, etc. in this space?