“Social networking site Nextdoor’s lively new San Francisco’s Rincon Center office reflects the aim of the company: bringing back a sense of community to the neighborhood. …Founded in 2010, the company now has 7,322 neighborhood groups; to join, members must verify their address and from there can create a profile, share photos and post comments and updates to the neighborhood news feed. Designer Ken Fulk implemented design with the community vibe in mind, with playful additions and splashes of color that remind one of the comforts of home.
Framed arial photos from GoogleMaps hang above desks in the main room. The images show off Bay Area neighborhoods that Nextdoor has partnered with.
The kitchen is filled with abundant daylight. Throughout the office, doors are painted lively colors and hinged together, creating movable wall dividers. The green stools play off of Nextdoor’s emerald logo color. The large slab-top wooden table over steel X-bases was custom-made and is perfect for family-style snacks.
These colorful decals on the conference room windows were derived from the artwork on Ork Posters.
Says designer Ken Fulk, “The founders of Nextdoor are my dear friends – so working with them was a family-like affair. …To this end, we outfitted break-out rooms with maps and images of actual interactions between Nextdoor’s real life customers. We also used iconic symbols of the classic neighborhood, front doors as screens and real old-fashioned mailboxes as art, to act as a reminder and a tangible link for the employees of what they do in their digital world to the brick and mortar neighborhoods they serve.”