An Office to “Keep it Simple and Fun”

Fuhu‘s headquarters is a blend of practical essentials and whimsical flourishes.

Fuhu, Location: El Segundo, CA Architect: Kamus Keller
The accent wall in the elevator bay is painted “Fuhu Red”. Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

Fuhu, the creator of nabi, gave the designers at Kamus + Keller one major directive when they set out to transform the company’s 17,500 square foot space: keep it simple and fun.

They expressed it by blending practical features like clean, modern workstations with whimsical flourishes: bold pops of lime green and red to reflect the brand’s colors, big wall graphics, and industrial-style ceilings.

We reached out to the team at Kamus + Keller to find out more.

Photo by Lawrence Anderson.
The doors are painted Dunn-Edwards “Asparagus Green” and the shelving unit was a custom design by Tahiti Cabinets. Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

What is the address of the project?

1700 E. Walnut Avenue, 2nd Floor, El Segundo, CA 90245

Who was the interior architect/designer?

Kamus + Keller Interiors | Architecture

When was the project completed?

September 2014

Photo by Lawrence Anderson.
The light fixtures are from Delray Lighting. Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

What is the total square footage?

17,588

What is the square footage per person?

About 35 square feet.

How many total employees are there and what’s the daily population?

About 500 employees. As a large portion of the office is a call center, employees inhabit the space 24/7.

Photo by Lawrence Anderson.
Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

What is the location’s proximity to public transportation and other amenities?

The company is in a very public transportation‐friendly area, with a Metro Station about a mile away. Los Angeles International Airport is only a few miles away, as are several beach/shoreline destinations (Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach). El Segundo itself is a wildly up‐and‐coming location for commercial businesses, where there is high demand for creative office space.

What were the construction/hard costs per square foot?

$2.25 per square foot.

Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

Is there a mobile work or work‐from‐home policy or are most of the employees there all day every day?

Employees work within the office space every day, weekends included.

What percentage of the space is unassigned?

Since the call center operation is always open, most workstations are open and unassigned.

Photo by Lawrence Anderson.
Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

How is the company’s brand reflected in the space?

Fuhu’s brand value is to “keep it simple and fun”, and that’s exactly what we did with their creative office, reflecting an innovative juxtaposition of the company’s buoyant company culture and aggressive business expansion. The operational spaces are a harmonious blend of the practical – clean, modern workstations and contemporary lighting – and the whimsical – bold pops of lime green and red brand colors, large‐scale inspirational wall graphics, concrete floors and exposed, industrial‐style ceilings.

Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

What is the most unique feature about the new space?

Employees are present throughout the office 24/7, so creating an environment emphasizing health, home and comfort was of paramount importance. Cozy niche seating and warm wood accents encourage workplace relaxation; a modern gym allows staff to relieve stress and energize body and mind; the grand, contemporary kitchen and breakroom are consistently stocked with free food and drinks for busy employees, with ample seating and large‐screen televisions that help foster socialization and camaraderie.

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