We Got an Exclusive Look at Shutterstock’s Empire State Building Headquarters

When you're an online stock photography company whose collection boasts more than 50 million iconic images and videos, there's really no excuse for a stodgy office. Not to disappoint, New York-based Shutterstock inhabits some cool digs. But the company took things up a notch by making its Empire State Building headquarters a functioning part of its brand identity, fashioning interiors accenting its core product—photography—with the input of its staff. "Shutterstock employees voted on everything from meeting room names to game room themes, and then designed them," said office manager Razia Meyer. Conference rooms on the 21st floor bear the names of architectural landmarks—the Taj Mahal, the Pantheon, the Statue of Liberty—while decor ranging from steampunk to Alice in Wonderland define other spaces. The whole place looks (dare we say it?) pretty as a picture.

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Magnificent Murals

The Alice in Wonderland game room features a large, hand-painted mural by Larissa Kulik. 

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Friendly Reminder

Actual Shutterstock images fill the gallery wall that “reminds us of our contributors around the world,” said Meyer. 

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Reading Room

A hidden door in the bookshelf mural leads to an actual library. 

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Something Borrowed

The steampunk-themed lending library features books on business, design, technology and photography, plus fiction. 

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Fun and Games

The game room, known as “8-bit,” hosts competitive Ping-Pong tournaments between Shutterstock staffers and rivals who visit from LinkedIn, another Empire State Building tenant.

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Wall Flowers

Mounted photos, chosen by the staff, change monthly.