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Ogilvy & Mather's Surreal Guangzhou Office

  1. “Carnival of Ideas”
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    “Carnival of Ideas”

    Relocated in 2007 from an office tower in Guangzhou’s central business district to an old 9,500-square-foot factory on the edge of town, Ogilvy & Mather’s Canton office was conceived as a “carnival of ideas.” It features a full-size carousel, a faux Ferris wheel, and facades covered in circus lights. The festival theme serves as a reminder of the company’s mission to “stay fresh.”

    The main office floor has a narrow, high-wire-like walkway.

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  2. Hello Catty
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    Hello Catty

    The creatives at Ogilvy & Mather are friendlier than some of their desk décor.

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  3. Boardroom Marquee
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    Boardroom Marquee

    A cinema marquee is intended to give the boardroom an “opening night” glow.

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  4. Wall-E Installation
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    Wall-E Installation

    More desk décor.

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  5. Ferris Wheel Meeting Space
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    Ferris Wheel Meeting Space

    Employees meet privately in the carriages of the faux Ferris wheel.

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  6. Carousel Horses
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    Carousel Horses

    Carousel horses trot throughout the office. One conceals an overhead projector in its head.

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