When PopSockets founder David Barnett launched a line of collapsible grips for smartphones out of his Boulder garage in 2014, he couldn’t have imagined just how popular the widgets would become. More than 100 million PopSockets have been sold worldwide to date, and the company now has so many designs, shoppers could lose hours perusing their options.
It’s no surprise, then, that PopSockets found itself with a space problem. As the company grew, more and more desks were added to its northwest-Boulder office until employees felt like they were working on top of one another; skyrocketing sales also meant production was quickly outgrowing its designated workspace. The bare-bones office didn’t reflect PopSockets’ transition from startup to global business and was not at all conducive to creative thought.
So, PopSockets reached out to Oz Architecture, which has offices in Denver and Boulder, to design its new Boulder headquarters—an office that would be both functional and inspirational for current employees, reflect the company’s ethos, and provide room to grow. “Because they had grown so quickly…they really hadn’t had the opportunity to figure out how their brand translates into their built environment,” says Amanda Johnson, the lead architect and designer on the project. Her mission: “Create a base palette within their workspace that was sophisticated, neutral, and natural, while also having instances of a really playful attitude.”
Following an 18-month design-and-build process, the PopSockets team moved into its new, South Boulder Creek–adjacent office in Flatiron Park in March. “To continue to retain and bring in the best talent, you need to have a good environment,” says Bob Africa, PopSockets’ vice president of strategic partnerships. “The goal was to have an open, creative environment that allows our employees to be creative and collaborative.”
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows, separate “neighborhoods” for different departments, and a variety of flex spaces reflect a more mature PopSockets, while colorful murals and funky design touches (plus a herd of employees’ dogs) keep things from feeling too serious. We got a sneak peek at the 46,000-square-foot office. Take a look.