TC Cribs: Feeling Like A Kid Again At FiftyThree’s Creative NYC HQ

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Welcome back to Cribs, the TechCrunch TV show that goes behind the doors of tech companies to see what it’s like inside for the lucky ducks who work there.

Today’s episode brings us to the New York City headquarters of FiftyThree. FiftyThree, which is behind the Paper app for the iPad, is known for making beautifully designed mobile products — and as you can see in the video, its light-filled office is a sight for sore eyes as well.

FiftyThree is located in the historic Western Union building, which was a nexus for communications back in the days of the telegraph and continues to be a key networking hub for the Internet today. Built in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Western Union building is a prime example of Art Deco architecture, so it’s fun to experience the contrast of passing through the building’s Deco-ed out lobby on the way to FiftyThree’s much more modern and Zen inspired space.

The whole point of FiftyThree’s apps is to let people loosen up and tap into the kind of artistic creativity that came naturally to them when they were kids, so the company’s HQ is kind of like a big well-designed art classroom for adults. Watch us tap into our inner children in the video above.

And here are a few photos our team took of FiftyThree HQ:

  1. FiftyThree Office 1

    Desks at FiftyThree HQ
  2. FiftyThree Office 2

    FiftyThree HQ
  3. FiftyThree Office 3

    An elevated seating area at FiftyThree HQ
  4. FiftyThree Office 4

    Bookshelves at FiftyThree HQ
  5. FiftyThree Office 5

    FiftyThree HQ
  6. FiftyThree Office 6

    The doodle we created using FiftyThree's Paper app, turned into a hard copy by the office's drawing machine

This episode of Cribs was edited by Steve Long. All camerawork, sound, and lighting by Steve Long and Yashad Kulkarni. All production coordination and supervision by Felicia Williams.