When most people say they work in a cool office, it means dress-down Fridays and a ping-pong table. If you’re really lucky, you might even have a slide.
But Freuds, a London public relations firm, takes it to a whole new level.
Founded in 1985 by Matthew Freud — great-grandson of legendary psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud — Freuds’ offices are stuffed with the rafters with an eclectic collection of artworks and curiosities.
Original works from Banksy, corridors full of Damien Hirst pieces, vintage furniture and even multiple dinosaur feet — it has to be seen to be believed.
Earlier this month, Business Insider UK took a tour of Freuds’ office, and took photos of the whole thing.
So if you think you’ve got an exciting office, take a look, and think again…
It's down a nondescript side-street in Fitzrovia in central London. This is how it looks via the outside (via Google Maps). Nothing super-exciting -- but can you spot Obama peeking through? Inside, it's a very different story....
Once you enter the high-ceiling lobby, you're greeted by a huge wall displaying an eclectic collection of objects -- everything from works of art by Banksy and Damien Hirst to a piece of Concorde and a dinosaur leg.
- 'Progress,' by Shepard Fairey, 2008.
- An Andy Warhol piece -- 'Sigmund Freud (Ten Portraits of Jews of 20th Century),' 1980.
- 'Beautiful Asthma, Abestosis the Light at the End of the Tunnel No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk,' by Damien Hirst, 2005.
- A three-rotor Enigma cipher machine used by British WWII codebreakers.
- A piece of Concorde. As in, the plane.
- A dinosaur foot from Moa, New Zealand. And it's not even the most impressive dinosaur fossil in Freuds' office.
- 'Portrait of Lord Philip Gould,' by Adrian Steirn.
- 'Street Kid, Favela Morro da Providencia, Rio de Janiero, Brasil,' by JR, 2008.
- An 18th century human skull, kept in a Victorian glass dome.
- 'Happy Head,' by Damien Hirst, 2007.
- 'What?' by graffiti artist Banksy, 2007.
- An heirloom grandfather clock.
- A copy of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, published in 1623.
Here's an Enigma Machine, used by British codebreakers in the Second World War to decipher Nazi communications. 'Number A-4127, with electric core, three aluminium rotors each stamped WaA69, raised 'QWERTZ' keyboard with crackle black painted metal case, plugboard in the front with six patch leads and green night-time filter, in wooden carrying case.'
It's cut in half, with its seats facing one-another, so you can chill out -- or have meetings in it.
The Freuds lobby contains a copy of William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. It was printed in 1623, only seven years after the playwright's death, by Isaac Laggard and Ed. Blount.
Nearby is a vintage pressed steel horse from the 1950s, and an award from industry publication PR Week.
This luxurious chair is a Orange Sunball Chair, 1969, designed by Ferdinand G. Ris and Herbert Selldorf for Rosenthal. (Note the full mount peacock in the background! )
'Happy Head,' by Damien Hirst, 2007. By now you might be noticing a theme -- there are a *lot* of Damien Hirst artworks in Freuds' offices.
Apparently tourists sometimes wander in off the street wanting to look around, assuming the office is actually a museum after seeing the artworks through the window.
This piece, by Marc Quinn is called 'We share our chemistry with the stars,' 2014, and features Matthew Freud's eye.
Tucked away in the corner downstairs is a 'Cabinet of 50 Curiosities' to celebrate Matthew Freud's birthday. All the items in it -- from old photos to keys for previous offices -- have some relevance to his life.
As you start to leave the lobby, you might notice the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote on the stairs -- one of several inspirational quotes scattered on stairs throughout the building.
Before reaching the main floor, there's a small side corridor with meeting rooms. What makes it notable are the walls -- they're covered in artworks by Damien Hirst.
Of all the company offices I've visited, Freuds is almost certainly the most interesting. You can't turn around without tripping over another historical artifact, or bumping into a painting by a legendary artist.
Head down a side corridor on the main floor and you'll find the media suite, where Freuds' clients and employees can practice being on-camera in a realistic newsroom setting.
Further down the corridor is 'The Dogs have Grown Up with the Turkeys' (left) by Jake and Dinos Chapman, 2007, and Anthony Micallef's 'Peacekeeper,' 2007.
Next to the ladies' toilets is 'Nature' by Keith Tyson, 2006, and an untitled collaboration between Damien Hirst and Matthew Freud.
We're getting close to Matthew Freud's office now. In the suite outside sit two 'Studio Wall Drawings,' by Keith Tyson.
And just off to the left -- in between two Banksy artworks ('Love is in the Air,' left, 2001, and 'Lenin of Rollerskates (Who Put The Revolution on Ice?)', right, 2003 -- is the London office of Brew PR, the PR firm that Freuds acquired in January 2016.
Freuds reportedly paid $15 million (£12 million) for the PR agency, which has offices in San Francisco, California, New York, and now this former meeting room at the Freuds office in London.
The desk outside of Matthew Freud's office has 'Spot Painting' by Damien Hirst embedded in it, and is flanked by two Salvador Dali artworks -- 'Melting Clock 'and 'Study for Melting Clock,' both 1975.
Turn right, and you enter 'The Gould Theatre: For Unfinished Thinking,' where Freuds can screen films for clients and journalists.
But turn left from the reception, and you enter Matthew Freud's office. Here is his desk -- surrounded not by art but family photographs.
Elsewhere in the room is 'North Korean Crowd,' by JR, 2012. He visited for Kim Il Sung's 100th birthday, and snuck photos of the crowd, turning them into this 'ink on wood' artwork. But what's that in the corner?
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