An inspiring company dedicated to creating natural, sustainable cleaning products, CleanWell’s™ guiding principal is appropriately, “clean without compromise”. And they wanted an office space that not only reflected their mission, but could also support their company and employees to thrive and grow.
So they enlisted the talents of Nest Design Co. to help liven up and reconfigure their existing office space. From their use of reclaimed wood to natural moss, interior designers Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow carried out one of CleanWell’s™ core philosophies – believing in the power of nature.
“This project was all about embracing their story and helping them make their office look and feel more like their product – clean.”, says Heather and Jennifer.
“As parents, the story of this company was touching to us – CleanWell™ was started because of a boy born with a life threatening immune system disorder. His father began investigating alternatives to the harsh chemicals in everyday cleaning products and his determination led to the development of a patented CleanWell™ formulation. In 2005 a Stanford trained physician partnered with him to create the CleanWell™ Company and a complete line of CleanWell™ products.
“The company is made up of a group of people – doctors and scientists, entrepreneurs and designers – who are dedicated to developing cleaning products that do not contain harmful ingredients. ‘Clean without compromise’ is their guiding principle. But their existing workspace did not reflect this ethos and that’s where we came in”, explains Heather and Jennifer.
“Our goal was to create a space where they could feel inspired to continue creating clean products, a space they could invite collaborators and investors and feel as though the company was well represented within their workspace.
“One of their core philosophies is that they ‘believe in the power of nature’. We wanted to embrace that philosophy as much as possible and still maintain a productive workspace. Upon entering the office, we designed custom ‘living’ moss signage, which hangs from reclaimed Douglas Fir bookcases behind the receptionist. We used reclaimed wood and plantings throughout the space to give it that outdoor-in feel. Green was a natural color choice for us as it spoke to their brand and nature”.
Reception desk & signage: custom design by Nest Design Co. | Bookcases from CFC
“We really began this project by studying the company’s philosophies and listening to the way they work together as a team. It is a collaborative group – more like a family – and they had ‘must-haves’ that had to be incorporated into this redesign within a specific budget. They trusted us to design a space that met all their needs and we were thrilled to be able to accomplish that.
“When we first walked in, the overall layout of the office didn’t make much sense…everyone was stuck behind their own office doors and they convened in the conference rooms for their lunches and daily meetings.
“The reception desk was tucked off to the side and didn’t feel as welcoming as they would have liked. We had a custom desk made and moved it to the center of the entry so the receptionist could greet visitors and direct them to a lounge/waiting area.”
“The main space was large and we wanted it to act as both the reception, lounge and communal area. We did this by creating separation between the spaces with large reclaimed wood bookcases. We then created a central meeting place with large tables that could accommodate the staff. The tables we used are equipped with USB and electrical outlets so they can plug in and stay there all day, if needed. They are a very social group of people so it became very important to us to create this central community space.”
Communal tables from Room & Board | Communal chairs from Industry West
“We also re-organized the individual office spaces to create more clarity and organizational systems. New desks were not in the budget, but we provided new chairs in each space and removed large armoires that were not being used to clean up the overall look and feel of the office.”
“For me, the communal space at CleanWell™ is the sanctuary within the space”, says Jennifer. “It embodies so much about the company that I admire, but mostly – teamwork. It is where the employees come together to share their lunches and where they come to work together as a team. There is space to spread out, or work closely. The four tables pushed together to create this larger communal table are equipped with electricity so they can plug their laptops in during one of their long brainstorming sessions without interruption. It is a functional, clean space and a huge 180 degrees from what it used to be.”
With so many natural elements it’s hard not to feel at peace…as if you set up your desk right in the middle of Muir Woods. The idea was to create a space where the employees felt inspired to keep creating and proud of the nature filled product they create. Heather Brock