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This article was published on February 21, 2011

    Innovation gone wrong: Parisians working in plastic bubbles?

    Innovation gone wrong: Parisians working in plastic bubbles?
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    Step One: Revamp a beautiful 19th century steel industrial hall.

    Step Two: Add lush vegetation.

    Step Three: Add plastic bubbles over your employees desks.

    Wait, what?

    Here at The Next Web, we are all about non-traditional office space, but the thought of working in plastic bubbles is baffling. As one of our editors pointed out, these plastic bubbles bring burping and farting to a whole new level of discomfort.

    Particularly with the beautiful open office space, why would two companies, PONS and HUOT choose to have their headquarters be so confining?

    Blame trendy architect/designer Christian Pottgiesser for this specific case of innovation gone wrong.