Design-driven coworking company Canopy—founded by Yves Béhar, Steve Mohebi and Amir Mortazavi—has opened its first location outside the San Francisco city limits, in Menlo Park’s emerging Springline mixed-use development. Mortazavi, whose eponymous studio handled the design, chatted with Luxe about what members can expect.
What brought Canopy to Menlo Park? Silicon Valley’s high caliber of talent deserves an office to match with thoughtful design, in-demand amenities and the entrepreneurial ecosystem of a shared workspace. Being a part of Springline, our members can reap the benefits of the wider neighborhood, including a golf simulator, an entertainment lounge, a community dog park and nearly two acres of public outdoor space.
How did the locale inform the interiors? The design takes inspiration from the historical architecture on Stanford’s campus and the immediate natural surroundings of the San Francisco Peninsula.
Can you share some specifics? Taking cues from these dramatic natural environments, the material palette utilizes sisal carpets, sustainable hemp upholstery on the Herman Miller chairs and reeds of furry pampas grass within earthen ceramics that pay homage to the fields surrounding the commute up I-280. The various green- and chocolate-colored fabrics and natural wood materials of the flooring and desks serve as a nod to the redwood forest, while custom-made resin tables by local craftsmen incorporate dried leaves and flowers in various hues found along the coastline.