DIARY: W&K sheds problems of space with a chalet

While J. Walter Thompson gave itself more space by moving offices, Soho resident Wieden & Kennedy popped down to its local B&Q to find a rather more kitsch "office solution".

Yes, years after Mother started the trend for having quirky meeting rooms by wheeling an elderly caravan into its offices and cramming in its senior team for brainstorming sessions, W&K has gone the extra mile down the, er, camping avenue by shoving up a Swiss-style chalet in its courtyard.

The creative directors, Kim Papworth and Tony Davidson, known more for their fashion sense than DIY skills, were relieved to find the unenviable task of building their new Wendy House fell to the managing director Amy Smith's husband.

The erection, complete with balcony and floral curtains, seats four "or five at a pinch and now hosts the agency's most pressing management meetings as the network founder, Dan Wieden, discovered this week. Fresh off a transatlantic flight, the bemused chap was ushered into the creosote-smelling shack for a status meeting.


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