The Pinterest headquarters in San Francisco is exactly what you would envision–light, bright, hip and creative with a splash of DIY to keep the juices flowing. Team KKDL met with Pinterest’s marketing guru, Katie Garlington, who treated us to lunch and gave us the grand tour of the space.
We were greeted by an interactive lobby area where Pinterest pillows don black leather sofas. The accessories were undoubtedly made by Pinterest employees or “Pinterns” inspired by DIY pins.
Katie welcomed us to the main office space where long meeting and lunch tables fill the main floor of the space. Here employees gather to eat lunch together every day–today was pot pie day! There were hundreds of San Francisco’s Peasant Pies to choose from, a salad bar with all the toppings you could think of and drinks and snacks for days–all presented in Pinterest branded mason jars, coffee cups and tumblers. The tables, specially designed for the office, contribute to the space’s fluid atmosphere, as they can be pushed out of the way for large meetings or events.
One of my favorite feature was the vintage lit sign on the back wall, featuring one of Pinterest’s slogans, “Ready, steady, go!”
Another favorite spot was the vintage bar area that serves as one of the many meeting spaces throughout the office. In the San Francisco office, Pinterest has hosted a few “make-a-thons,” where employees work on projects throughout the night inspired by some of their favorite pins. The lit “P” in the corner was created by some crafty employees during one of the all-nighters. As we spoke with Katie, we understood that their vision is clear, “We’re helping millions of people feel more inspired in their everyday lives through Pinterest.”
The Pinterest Headquarters reflect the site’s DIY nature, fun colors and artistic ability, but in tangible form. We particularly loved the “Focus” arrow marquee sign with lights and the bright blue woodwork featuring favorites from the West Coast.
While the building layout is very open, there are some semi-private spaces throughout the office, like this glass conference room. All of the conference rooms are named after a different trend on Pinterest and always evolving.
After our luncheon and tour, Katie was gracious enough to load us up with Pinterest swag that we proudly showcase while we pin for Kerrie Kelly Design Lab! Thank you Katie and Pinterest, too!