Location: San Diego, CA

Architect: ID Studios (San Diego)

Everything (and Everyone) Belongs

Slick design meets a tribal sensibility at WD-40

At WD-40 Company, teamwork oils the organization’s wheels. Rooted in a tribal culture centered around collaboration and meaningful work—and championed by President and CEO, Garry Ridge—the facility’s new headquarters is laid out like a series of trails, traversing distinct environments representing the markets they serve, from automotive to aerospace to farms to the marine industry.

The latter forms the design basis of the men’s and women’s restrooms, which feature Bobrick grab bars and stainless steel, multifunctional accessories to support the company’s humble, utilitarian philosophy.

“WD-40 Company isn’t an opulent company,” says Jill Russell, Associate, Senior Designer at ID Studios. “They’re very thoughtful about resources. They needed a product with longevity, that’s going to perform correctly and well, for a good value.”

Photos courtesy of Joel Zwink

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