Our beautiful new office space

We’ve been expanding and recently, part of our team moved into a brand new office space! And the best part is, it’s right next door to our current warehouse, where this part of the team was previously working (in the office section of the warehouse). This move now sees a good part of our warehouse freed up for our ever growing range of products such as fabrics, plush toys, bento boxes and more of your favorite items. Check out some of the pictures of our new space below!

It's very spacious here

It’s very spacious here

Our conference room

Our conference room

A flower arrangement for our new conference room!

A flower arrangement for our new conference room!

It's a lovely office space

It’s a lovely office space

Rilakkuma and our office box Christmas Tree

We can’t think about anything but Christmas. Why? Because our warehouse and office are getting stocked with products for Christmas season 2014 nearly every day. So our big office Rilakkuma made a small Christmas tree with the cute San-X boxes. Isn’t that a great Christmas tree for a warehouse?

Our big office Rilakkuma built an office box Christmas tree

Our big office Rilakkuma built an office box Christmas tree

Introducing our new San-X plush team members

Welcome our new team members! You already know our gigantic office Rilakkuma mascot that is like 165cm tall. He now has many brothers and sisters, because we received big plush mascots of many San-X characters. We do not sell them in our shop, they will guard the modes4u office and you will see them a lot on our blog and Facebook. They are not as big as the 165cm Rilakkuma bear, but still pretty big! We have mascots of Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, Kutusita Nyanko, Mamegoma, the shy cat and penguin of Sumikkogurashi and rabbit Shappo of Sentimental Circus. Which one is your favourite?

Welcome our big new San-X office mascots!

Welcome our big new San-X office mascots!

Huge San-X delivery blocking our office

Fortunately we were prepared, so it didn’t hit us by surprise. We received a gigantic San-X delivery containing 2 tons of stationery delivered on 10 pallets and packed in more than 200 boxes. A day before the delivery we took some time to clear as much space as possible. We were really worried that we might not be able to fit everything in here, but it worked out fine. But now our office area is really blocked, our office ladies are sitting right next to big piles of boxes. What a funny sight!

You can already look forward to items from the Rilakkuma Wonderland edition, hundreds of new San-X stationery items and lovely new Decole products.

Our office is blocked by hundreds of boxes

Our office is blocked by hundreds of boxes

Our office ladies now work right next to the hugte San-X delivery

Our office ladies now work right next to the huge San-X delivery

We received 2 tons of products in more than 200 boxes

We received 2 tons of products in more than 200 boxes

We craft a Washi Easter Tree

You might have noticed that it is our latest passion to embellish our office with Washi Masking Tape for any holiday (see our Christmas craft and Valentine’s Day craft). As Easter is not far away we decided to craft an Washi Easter Tree. Again it was really fast, easy and lots of fun. We even made a little Easter bunny. Here is how to do it.

1. Cut out egg shapes from paper and stick stripes on Washi Tape on them. You can do any pattern or combination you want. When you cut out the Washi eggs again, leave a little border of tape, so that the eggs will stick to the wall.
2. Take a dark Washi Tape to create an Easter tree on the wall. Then just stick the eggs on it.

A colourful Easter tree we made from Washi Tape

A colourful Easter tree we made from Washi Tape

We also made a little Easter Bunny with Masking Tape

We also made a little Easter Bunny with Masking Tape

Start by cutting out egg shapes from paper

Start by cutting out egg shapes from paper

Stick Washi tape on them

Stick Washi tape on them

Cut out the eggs and leave a little tape border

Cut out the eggs and leave a little tape border

Your egg could look like this

Your egg could look like this

We made lots of different ones

We made lots of different ones

Then we started to stick a Washi Tape vase on our office wall

Then we started to stick a Washi Tape vase on our office wall

After that we just added branches made with brown Masking Tape

After that we just added branches made with brown Masking Tape

You can already start to stick some eggs onto the branches

You can already start to stick some eggs onto the branches

Inbetween we did a little Easter bunny

Inbetween we did a little Easter bunny

The shape is not perfect, but it looks cute

The shape is not perfect, but it looks cute

Our Washi Easter craft in the modes4u office

Our Washi Easter craft in the modes4u office

We’re crafting a Washi Christmas Tree

It was about time to give our new office a Christmas look. And as we have quite a few white walls here, we decided to embellish them our own way: With Washi Tapes. Now we have a wonderful Masking Tape Christmas tree in our office and everybody participated in making it. It was very easy to do and lots of fun. All of us made at least one Christmas tree ornament and could design it any way he or she wanted.

So how to do it?

Make the outline of a tree with Masking Tape. You can try to make the shape of a real fir tree, or you go for the easy triangle version as we did. The outer line of our tree also consists of two tape layers, we chose one light green and one darker green tape. For the Christmas tree balls we just cut out circles of paper and decorated them with all kinds of Masking Tape. Then we stuck them on the tree and voila: done.

After Christmas we can just remove it without leaving any traces on the wall. We also adjusted the tape several times when making the outline, as we were not that satisfied with the shape. Washi tape just rocks!

We're crafting a Washi Christmas Tree 8

Christmas at the modes4u office with our lovely Christmas Washi tree

We're crafting a Washi Christmas Tree 3

Sandra is busy finishing the outline of the tree

We're crafting a Washi Christmas Tree 9

The whole staff crafted at least two different Christmas tree balls

We're crafting a Washi Christmas Tree 10

Everybody is very happy with the result

Happy Birthday Ho

What an usual position for him. Today it’s the birthday of our photographer Ho and of course we took a picture of him and the fruity mango cake that we got him. Usually Ho stands behind the camera to take pictures of all the new products for our shop. However, he enjoyed the short change of perspective, because it meant he got to cut and eat the yummy mango cake with chocolate crisps at the office. It was really full of fruit and probably the healthiest birthday cake we have had at modes4u celebrations so far.

Happy Birthday Ho!

It is Hos birthday so he gets a cake

It is Hos birthday so he gets a cake

The mango cake was really fruity, it looked like they used a whole mango to make it

The mango cake was really fruity, it looked like they used a whole mango to make it

It was so delicious, just see how big the mango pieces are

It was so delicious, just see how big the mango pieces are

San-X visits us in the office

Most of our business partners are located in Japan or the US, so it is always very special when they come to our office in Hong Kong during their business trips. This week Shigeo from San-X visited us. We have known him for many years already, but of course we don’t see him a lot in person, so it was nice to meet him again. It was the first time he saw our current office and was very impressed how big it is. Of course he also enjoyed seeing how many San-X products we stock and took a lot of pictures of our warehouse. The next time we visit Japan, Shigeo wants to show us the San-X warehouse. That would be totally awesome and a dream come true for us.

And as we thought it should be kind of mandatory for a San-X employee to take a picture with Rilakkuma we photographed Shigeo, Sandra and Alan with our huge office mascot.

Alan, Shigeo and Sandra with our huge Rilakkuma office mascot

Alan, Shigeo and Sandra with our huge Rilakkuma office mascot

Shigeo from San-X takes picture of our warehouse

Shigeo from San-X takes picture of our warehouse

A chocolate bomb for Alan’s Birthday

If you see a super fancy cake in the modes4u office, it’s usually birthday time. This week we celebrated Alan’s birthday with looots of chocolate. The cake we got him was so incredibly rich that everybody was just happily smiling after finishing it. It was already Alan’s 4th birthday cake!!! Isn’t that amazing? What a lucky guy to get 4 cakes. However, our cake was definitely one of his favourites.

Rilakkuma was celebrating with us of course. Our huge office mascot can’t be missing on a festive occasion like this and had to be in our team picture as well. He is just so huge and draws so much attention to him that you barely notice the chocolate cake next to him.

Happy Birthday Alan!

Alan with his chocolate birthday cake

Alan with his chocolate birthday cake

The cake was so full of chocolate that it was really hard to cut it

The cake was so full of chocolate that it was really hard to cut it

Our team including office mascot Rilakkuma with the cake - if you can find it

Our team including office mascot Rilakkuma with the cake - if you can find it

Coffee fight in our office: Starbucks vs Nespresso

It was an exciting week for the coffee lovers in our office. Until now they mainly relied on instant coffee to satisfy their caffeine needs, but this will be yesterday’s news from now on. Because this week a Starbucks coffee shop opened right next to our office. It was a big thing for us, as there hasn’t been one in the area where our company is located. So the whole team took a little trip to the coffee shop on the opening day to enjoy a high quality coffee… or a chococlate drink for the non-coffee drinkers. It was really busy there as everybody wanted to check it out.

But just one day after the opening, Starbucks already lost the modes4u team as a daily customer. Because then a wonderful Nespresso coffee machine arrived at our office. Now we’re in coffee heaven and don’t even have to leave the building. There are so many different coffee capsules and also many different variations from Latte Macchiato to Espresso. Once it was set up everybody gathered around the machine to get a coffee. Especially our Chinese colleagues liked it a lot, as it not that common in Hong Kong househoulds to have professional coffee machines like that as it is in Europe.

The only thing that’s missing are some kawaii mugs, as we just have a wild mug mixture with many different designs.Maybe we have to buy some of the cool Rilakkuma Chococlate and Coffee cups we got some weeks ago for ourselves. Wouldn’t that be the perfect combination?

Out team pushed to one side of the new and highly packed Starbucks coffee shop

Out team pushed to one side of the new and highly packed Starbucks coffee shop

Our powerful little caffeine dispenser: A Nespresso coffee machine

Our powerful little caffeine dispenser: A Nespresso coffee machine

Everybody gathers around to get a cup of coffee

Everybody gathers around to get a cup of coffee

Karen shows Sylvania how to use the Nespresso machine

Karen shows Sylvania how to use the Nespresso machine

Rilakkuma bear cup with chocolate & coffee San-X

Rilakkuma bear cup with chocolate & coffee San-X

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