// JetBrains

Client JetBrains Location Munich, Germany
Surface 12.000 m2 Completion 2021

Reclaimed with a nice history

“Designing a healthy environment for people is an important part of social sustainability”

says Rianne de Kruijf, Interior Designer @D/DOCK.


“In my opinion, social sustainability goes beyond adding greenery or creating a homey area in the corner. A piece of furniture or a material type can be reused and given a second life, but it also needs your intrinsic value and motivation. Do you really believe in this circular process?” Sabrina van Dongen, circular accelerator. It’s important to believe completely in closing the circle. The JetBrains team was fantastic to collaborate with. They were flexible, and welcomed the idea that rooms would vary in look and feel.

Sometimes a piece cannot be found in ‘second life’, or not in sufficient quantities. So we are constantly playing the game of matching materials and items. Every time something (even if it is small) has to change, it affects the entire space. It’s a really addictive game, I have to admit, all parties are doing their utmost until we think we created the most ideal space”.

Labels featuring QR-codes are attached to each refurbished item. These link to a website where you can read about the design of the items, where they came from and what our team has done with them to give them this second life. This storytelling aspect is important so that the JetBrainers will be proud of and connect with their work environment in a sustainable way. The more people enjoy reclaimed furniture and materials, the more standardised it becomes, and the less we throw away.

  • 20% of the furniture comes from the former JetBrains office in Munich and was reused
  • 45% has been reclaimed by Furnify’s other projects
  • 35% is purchased according to high sustainable standards


These blue ones originated from the Dutch Bank (De Nederlandse Bank).

“If you design in a circular way, it is a completely different process. Your creativity is challenged because you have to work with existing products, not just new products."

These beauties once shined at the centre of a reception area in a London based office, but time for them to get a new light grey jacket. Comparing this discarded piece and the refurb one, do you also think it's worth they reclaimed these?
Rockstars, actors and presenters all sat on these chairs during their meetings in the ITV Studios back in London.