Pinterest makes itself at home in new San Francisco HQ

pinterest-pinboardPlenty of fast-growing tech companies aspire to build the office with the pitch-perfect, twentysomething hipster aesthetic: tall loft windows and exposed beams, unfinished concrete floors, stand-up desks, and a kitchen outfitted with a high-end espresso machine.

But what’s happening at Pinterest is different. The San Francisco-based startup invites users to create web-based pin boards of their favorite things, and when it moved into new street-level space over the summer, Pinterest invited its employees to get involved in the design. In July, the company held the first of a series of regular Make-a-thons that allowed groups of employees to collaborate on projects to put their own imprint on the new digs.

Pinterest staffers built their own receptionist’s desk, a lighted letter P sign, a giant pinboard, above, and a vertical garden, with plants cascading down an office wall.

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