Playroom-style workspaces must be falling out of favour in Silicon Valley. Three months into my time here, there have been zero invitations to step into a Super Mario-themed meeting room or sit on beanbags in a ball pit. So far, the tech company offices I visit look more like luxe industrial warehouses. Open-plan seating, however, is still very much in vogue. From Reddit to Apple, tech headquarters all seem to share the same antipathy towards walls. Facebook boasts that its Menlo Park campus is the largest open-plan office in the world. Private areas have been set aside but most desks are located in the sort of shared spaces that usually mean overhearing phone calls and hoping that whoever just sneezed has allergies rather than a cold. Facebook showed off its office in a video posted by Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, after its move to the new building. I found the video most interesting for its tour of Zuckerberg’s own workspace, which is the desk equivalent of one of his plain grey T-shi...

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