Breathing Airbnb into Space
San Francisco, California 2010-2012
As Airbnb’s first office manager, Kelly established the company’s office culture and design, which have stood the test of time. Airbnb’s modest 4,500 square foot office space came first, but fast growth meant that it was soon outgrown. Next up, Kelly lead the design of 25,000 square feet in San Francisco’s design district, alongside architect Michael Garcia of Garcia Tamjidi.
Bringing the colorful platform to life in its first proper headquarters, Kelly extracted and executed the design intent of Airbnb founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, creating exact replicas of actual Airbnb listings. Meeting rooms were transformed into a Berlin artist’s flat, a modern Hong Kong apartment, a funky Soho NYC loft, and a northern California geodesic dome cabin. In addition, a flexible chef’s kitchen meant that the organic food program, started by Kelly, could flourish.