Will Powley's dad set a standard for cool offices. "My pops was an executive at a big record label in Manhattan, and when I would visit him, it was like going to a carnival," Powley says. It's an atmosphere he has tried to re-create at his multimedia design firm, Mad*Pow (No. 483 on the Inc. 500). At the end of a long day, Powley's two dozen employees can open a cold beer and listen to streaming radio filtered through the office.
FRANKLIN 4-SQUARE PLAYGROUND BALL
"It's kind of like my stress ball -- I am always bouncing it around, spinning it, throwing it against the wall. In meetings, it's a proverbial conch shell; if you're holding it, you get to talk."
OPTI-RITE 1 DRY ERASE WALL COVERING
"We cover all our creative spaces with this. It's cheap compared to whiteboards and pretty much permanent until peeled off the wall."
COST: $150 per roll
"In 60 seconds, a warm beer is ice cold. Nothing beats this, especially when you just won a new client and need a couple beers to celebrate."
ADVENT AW-820 WIRELESS STEREO SPEAKER SYSTEM
"We often move these speakers around the office. We listen to KEXP streaming radio out of Seattle, a great not-for-profit radio station. We love it, donate to it, and can't keep going unless it's cranked all day long."
WHAT I COVET: CONTROL4 TABLE TOP TOUCH SCREEN, 7-INCH MODEL
"I'd love this touchscreen remote control, which can run everything in your house, including your lights and security system. It's like having your whole house wired to a computer."