Check out Pinterest's gorgeous, sophisticated new office

Pinterest’s office. Photo: Bruce Damonte.

Pinterest is growing up.

The six-year-old startup recently moved into a giant new office in San Francisco that feels much sleeker and more sophisticated than its old digs.

And that’s no accident.

We took a peek inside to learn more about how the image-centric discovery site sees its new space as reflecting its evolving product.

You'll find Pinterest's HQ at 651 Brannan Street in San Francisco's SoMa neighbourhood.

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Right off the bat, the space feels airy and bright thanks to a large common area right off the lobby.

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It doubles as a cafeteria and an All Hands space, where 'pinployees' gather every Friday for a Q&A led by CEO Ben Silbermann.

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When we visited, the space was decked out in flags representing the top countries where Pinterest is trying to expand.

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Right now, more than 50% of Pinners are from outside the US, coming off a base of 100 million monthly active users.

Naturally, Pinterest has the kind of souped up coffee-and-beer bar you'd expect from a Bay Area tech company, with chefs cooking up healthy lunches for employees daily.

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The focal point of the common area is this giant staircase in the center of the building connecting Pinterest's four floors.

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The company purposely built benches around the bottom to encourage people to stop and talk to coworkers they don't usually work near.

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Pinterest designers Laura Brunow Miner and Katie Barcelona explain that they see the staircase like a metaphor for its new product design.

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This spring, Pinterest completely revamped its app with a cleaner, more modern look.

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Like the app, Miner and Barcelona point out that the central staircase is awash in white space and gets you to where you're going faster.

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Although the new office still has fun accents and quirky touches, it's definitely less of a mishmash of craftiness and colour than the old one.

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At this point, Pinterest has raised $1.3 billion in funding and was most recently valued at $11 billion.

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It aims to be the world's best 'catalogue of ideas' and it pays more subtle tribute to that mission with touches like these employee-made posters.

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Yes, you can find plenty of 'bushy beards' on Pinterest.

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It has also named its little conference rooms after some of Pinterest's visual trends like EcoCamp, Early Grey, or Egg On It.

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The latter themed room has a bunch of framed egg puns hanging on its walls.

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There are also a bunch of larger conference rooms too.

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Like a lot of companies these days, Pinterest has an open office layout.

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With plenty of spaces for quick collaboration...

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... Or more private rooms for team meetings.

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Even the cofounders, Silbermann and Evan Sharp, don't have their own offices. CEO sighting:

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But despite the office's overall minimalistic vibe, Pinterest employees have added touches of their own creativity.

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Sometimes that comes in the form of a pack of ponies galloping through the air plants.

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If they're feeling ambitious, employees can also check out the workshop space.

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It's decked out with a bunch of manufacturing materials and tools. When we visited, one employee showed off a light he was making.

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Pinployees can also de-stress by playing some arcade games ...

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...or take a breather in the quiet room.

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Or lounging in front of the big TV.

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And for those who ended up pulling late nights at the office, at least they will have a lovely view when they leave.

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Pinterest sees its overall office aesthetic as 'productive play,' which is how it also sees its app.

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'Pinterest is like the Robin to your Batman - it helps you be a superhero,' Barcelona says.

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