French jeweler Cartier is synonymous as much with luxury as with innovation – since its founding in 1847, the illustrious brand has been pushing the envelope of jewelry making fueled by a quest for innovation and design excellence. Tellingly, Cartier’s boundary-pushing ethos isn’t limited to its prized artifacts and elegant stores, but extends to every aspect of its business as the brand’s newly refurbished Japanese headquarters in Tokyo attests. Thoroughly revamped by local design studio I IN with a focus on the employee experience, the beautiful, light-filled office not only encapsulates the Maison’s core values of luxury and artisanship but also constitutes a model workplace that fosters wellbeing.
Blessed with verdant views of the Imperial Palace’s gardens, the space combines the calming minimalism of Japanese aesthetics with the French company’s visual identity, design sophistication and savoir-faire through a series of bespoke furniture, lighting and artworks. Coupled with flexible workstations, plush lounge areas and bold red and champagne-gold accents, Cartier’s Tokyo headquarters is yet another example of how the Maison’s vision for beauty goes hand in hand with its forward-looking sensibility.
The office feels light and airy thanks to abundant natural light streaming in from the full-height windows, an open-plan configuration, and a muted palette of white, cream and light-toned natural wood. Stepping inside, you are welcomed by a circular lounge encased in vertical, floor-to-ceiling louvre panels. Swathed in the brand’s signature red hue, the two semicircular sofas by Tokyo-based Time & Style make for a bold statement, while the diffused illumination and plush textures convey a sense of calmness and comfort.
A gold leaf artwork by the entrance echoes the lounge’s round shape and further underlines the sense of luxury and craftsmanship, as does a custom chandelier in the main work area. Made of wave-forming gold louvres, the chandelier crowns a circular communal desk featuring matching gold strips that demarcate individual workstations, and a central planter that adds a dash of greenery.
Additional communal workstations offer employees flexibility and promote collaboration, while a more relaxed, café-like employee lounge area, complete with a marble bar counter, plush sofas and panoramic views, is ideal for casual breaks and socializing. Tucked into a quiet corner, a raised tatami platform that combines traditional Japanese culture once again with Cartier’s signature red hue, offers more space for employees to decompress.