Founded in 2006, the freemium website publishing platform Wix.com set out to revolutionize the web by providing everyone the ability to easily create beautiful websites—without the need for a background design or code. “Our powerful technology makes it simple for everyone to go online with a beautiful, professional and functional web presence. No creative limits, no coding – just complete freedom to express yourself and manage your entire business online,” the business’ own website says. Now, Wix is bringing that quest for accessible beauty to its newest office location in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The company, founded by brothers Avishai and Nadav Abrahami and Giora (Gig) Kaplan, is headquartered in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, and the Ukraine, as well as Israel and Lithuania—the newest. “When visiting Lithuania I was thoroughly impressed by the creativity, energy and entrepreneurial spirit of the tech pros that we met. I saw how they strive to create something new, with tons of new ideas and no fear of failure. That’s the Wix way, and so Lithuania seemed like a natural fit for our company,” said Avishai.
Wix engaged local architecture and interior design firm Inblum’s creative team of Dmitrii Kudin and Laura Macaite to create a workspace worthy of its company’s values. Striving for “inspiring spaces distinguished by their strong emotional characters,” Inblum was poised to take on the challenge of turning an empty industrial space into free-form office interiors for a rapidly growing tech company.
With Wix’s trajectory and culture in mind, Inblum outfitted the space with 32 desks—plenty of room to grow—situated around the perimeter of the open office floorplan in order to capitalize on the abundant daylight in the window-lined space. Three glass-box meeting rooms—with brightly hued drapes that offer privacy when needed—anchor the center of the office and divide the desk areas into two zones of 16 work spaces each.
In the work zones, clean-lined, low-slung upholstered seating offers impromptu meeting space alongside matching windowsill seating, contemporary design desks, mesh-backed rolling desk chairs, and petite rolling file cabinets. Top architectural lighting from Zero offers the perfectly modern, no-frills accessories to the Inblum-designed furnishings. The white metal, triangular pendants and long, lean bar fixtures are architecturally astute against the aged wood ceiling and hefty beams.
In the office’s kitchen space, the vibe becomes a bit more playful where a Foosball table resides and colorful Daikanyama pendants, also by Zero, zig and zag along cables stretched across the space. Sunshine yellow subway tile gives the sink wall its own personality while triangular floating shelves in primary colors adorn the opposite wall of the room. “The idea behind the triangular shelving units in the kitchen is to bring a personal touch to the space,” Inblum says. “Each company member shall bring a personal item, something that would represent him or his interests. Altogether, it will form a collective exhibition and say something about each person working in the company.”
We think the Wix Lithuania office is an excellent testament to the young company’s dedication to good design and accessible beauty. We are thrilled to see Zero Lighting’s Top light fixtures as a part of Inblum’s design scheme for this impressive project.
Images courtesy of Dezeen.
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