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Space Crusaders Creativity flows in these fun, funky offices.

By Shara Lessley

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Office props: Propaganda Inc. founders David Tyreman and KeithWalton, both 35, have taken the "bored" out of boardroom.Say goodbye to swivel chairs and formal meeting tables. For theseentrepreneurs, whose company supplies props for department stores,restaurants and retailers such as Banana Republic and Nautica,it's all about beanbag chairs, fabric walls, a cinematicpull-down screen and the ultimate office essential: a faceted discoball. "The idea is, you walk in the door and feelrelaxed," says Tyreman of the company's San Franciscoheadquarters. "We want people to feel sort of giddy,excited."

With core values like "Certainty, Fun and Respect,"it's no surprise Tyreman and Walton don't confine their 17employees to cubicles. To illustrate the company's playfulattitude, the entrepreneurs encouraged their staff to create amural. Using an under-the-sea theme, the staff painted fish on thewalls and superimposed their faces. "We're not an uptightcompany," explains Tyreman. "You get a lot more frompeople when they feel relaxed and safe."

"When we moved in, there were no walls--it was just one bigshell," says Tyreman of Propaganda's 27,000-square-footlive/work space. The next addition for what Tyreman and Waltondescribe as a "work in progress"? A scrapbook wall forthe entryway that includes photographs, newsletters and clientorders dating back to the company's June 1988 launch.

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