A Tour of Mattel’s New Warsaw Office

A Tour of Mattel’s New Warsaw Office

Toy company Mattel hired workplace design firm BIT CREATIVE to design their new offices in Warsaw, Poland.

“The main idea accompanying us in developing the concept for the Mattel office in Warsaw was to create a multicolored interior reflecting the spirit of the products created by the brand that we all know well – says architect Barnaba Grzelecki. – At the same time, we were focused on creating an interior that would not, in the end, overwhelm the employees with the number of colors and intensity of contrasts. Among other reasons, we decided to visually differentiate the space depending on the function performed – he adds.

Thus, the meeting rooms were infused with colors and brand motifs from the Investor’s portfolio, while the open common spaces and strictly work spaces were calmed down through the use of a limited color palette (gray and white) and the use of only delicate accents in the main red color from the company’s brandbook.

– From the perspective of the passageways or open space, the interior of Mattel’s office may seem rather calm and subdued. However, grouped by their size, the meeting rooms inside are teeming with color – emphasizes architect Jakub Bubel.

The office features meeting rooms of widely varying sizes, collaboration rooms, a large functional kitchen, as well as open space and separate office areas. The reception area, together with the waiting room, is an element that is part of the overall character of the interior. Perforated ceilings, a painted ceiling, warm wood or colors such as white, gray and red can also be found in the rest of the office. A point that, in turn, announces a twist in the interior design is a sofa in the form of a Barbie bus.

The two main and largest meeting rooms represent the most recognizable brands, Barbie and Fisher Price. Since the rooms can be connected to each other, they relate to one another visually, while being a mirror image of each other. Smaller four-person rooms are those under the Hot Wheels and Matchbox brands – in this case, as well, they are visually similar to each other. On the walls there are graphics prepared by the Investor and lacobel for writing. In both rooms, an unconventional solution are tables based on fragments of a car engine, and modified conference chairs created from original car seats. The third group consists of small rooms intended mainly for intimate meetings. A common feature of these rooms is the manner and location of a particular finish. However, each of them also has a distinctive element characteristic of the brand, such as a scrabble game board in the form of a table, or a wall of Megabloks blocks. In each of these rooms, the ceiling and walls feature unusually vivid colors from the color scheme of each product, emphasizing the character of the brand it represents.”

  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Date completed: 2024
  • Size: 6,996 square feet
  • Design: BIT CREATIVE
  • Photos: Fotomohito
Conference room
Open-plan workspace
Meeting rooms
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Breakout space