Ridiculous offices: 10 utterly absurd workplaces

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Offices tend to be pretty bland places, aesthetically speaking.

The sober decor and utilitarian furniture serve to remind you that you are in a serious workplace, where serious people spend their time on serious company business.

However, not every office fits that description.

Some companies, particularly tech startups and design agencies, like to inject a bit of "fun" into the spaces where they expect their workers to spend half their waking lives.

Writer and design expert Chappell Ellison has documented some of the more outlandish offices around on her Twitter feed – providing her own dialogues imagining the kind of conversations that might be going on in these temples of creativity.

The results are inspired.

"John, as you know, things have been tough."
"Are you firing me?"
"It's just—"
JOHN slams hand on Pacman table. pic.twitter.com/e03Jhl2gRh

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"We've been hacked. They found a loop hole."
"It's not possible."
"Gather the team. Let's meet in the Mario room." pic.twitter.com/K8Fi8Zpuee

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"The IPO, John. It's…it's failing."
"I don't understand. How?"
"I've called an executive meeting. Ball pit rm #3" pic.twitter.com/VLjZz6WH0o

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"I ran the numbers on the burn rate and well—"
"We can't talk about this here. Meet me in the hot air balloon." pic.twitter.com/DZxtoFcu8I

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"They pulled the funding. We're done."
"What now?"
"I don't know…I don't know"
*looks out into the fake prairie* pic.twitter.com/vvTjMzp6Ek

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"It's TechCrunch. They leaked everything. John…I'm sorry."
JOHN gets up, punches fake Mario brick. pic.twitter.com/4GwpioB4cN

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"John you're the CEO. What should I tell them?"
"Figure something out. I'm busy"
JOHN climbs into tree house office pic.twitter.com/vo0wANzJI7

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"It's Yahoo. They didn't take our offer seriously."
"WHAT?"
JOHN stands up abruptly from his go kart-shaped chair pic.twitter.com/zSGPrB2eGo

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"We take things seriously at Candy Crush. John, you have to go to sensitivity training"
"Why?"
*circus music plays* pic.twitter.com/OH5Azya1e0

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

"The hackers are ransoming our data."
"How did this happen? Where's John?"
"I think he's on the nap net" pic.twitter.com/PZ21WZnVwb

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker)
March 10, 2016

• For more outlandish workplaces, see our gallery of the UK's coolest offices.