Pernod Ricard's new headquarters voted 'best interior architecture project of the year' by Interior Design Magazine, the world's gold standard

Press Release 14/12/2020

Pernod Ricard's new global headquarters, The Island, located in Paris's 8th arrondissement, has won the 'Best of Year Award in the 'Medium Corporate Office' category. One of the most sought-after accolades in the industry, it was presented as part of the 15th ''Best of Year Awards' ceremony organised by the leading international magazine Interior Design. The 2020 winners were announced during a virtual ceremony broadcast on Interior Design's website and social media by its editor-in-chief Cindy Allen, who took the opportunity to mention Paul Ricard and the history of the name The Island. The project was up against two other finalists: Rockefeller Group's headquarters in New York and 'EY Wavespace Group's innovation centre in Antwerp. 

Since July, The Island, reminiscent of the islands in the south of France where the Group originated, has embodied the Group's transformation in recent years under the leadership of its Chairman and CEO Alexandre Ricard. The interior design of the 18,000 square metres of this ultra-connected, environmentally responsible building situated in the heart of Paris is the work of Saguez & Partners. Following two years of development, they designed a project for Pernod Ricard that reflects its employee-focused vision, and with a single mantra:  to design a space that promotes maximum interaction between all 900 employees. Of the firm belief that 80% of innovative ideas are born from these person-to-person, informal exchanges ' as demonstrated by MIT researcher Thomas Allen ' Saguez & Partners have created a workspace that promotes interaction, collaboration, the sharing of experiences, and synergies. For the agency's founder, Olivier Saguez, 'This award recognises a particularly iconic project. Rarely has a company sought to break down silos and encourage interaction to such an extent. We are very proud to have designed a project that is so ambitious from a human perspective.'

According to Olivier Cavil, Head of Communications at Pernod Ricard, and responsible for the project The Island, 'The new headquarters is undoubtedly the finest symbol of our Group's transformation. It is not just a functional place, but also a warm and aesthetically pleasing space, bringing to life our culture of convivialité on a daily basis; a place that re-establishes the importance of informal face-to-face interaction at a time when virtual meetings and remote working are becoming increasingly common. Where better than an island to dream, as Paul Ricard would say.'

Interior Design Magazine's 'Best of Year Award' is the second international accolade received by The Island, which in September won the best office building project at the MIPIM Awards 2020.

Contacts Saguez & Partners
Morgane Trividic / Chargée de Communication                                       +33 (0)7 87 53 64 36


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Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales amounting to €10,701 million in fiscal year FY22. The Group, which owns 17 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive portfolios in the industry with over 240 premium brands distributed across more than 160 markets. Pernod Ricard’s portfolio includes Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur or Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes. The Group’s mission is to unlock the magic of human connections by bringing “Good Times from a Good Place”, in line with its Sustainability and Responsibility roadmap. Pernod Ricard’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,480 employees to be on-the-ground ambassadors of its purposeful and inclusive culture of conviviality, bringing people together in meaningful, sustainable and responsible ways to create value over the long term. Executing its strategic plan, Transform & Accelerate, Pernod Ricard now relies on its “Conviviality Platform”, a new growth model based on data and artificial intelligence to meet the ever-changing demand of consumers. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN Code:FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 and Eurostoxx 50 indices.

Contacts Pernod Ricard

Florence Tresarrieu
Global SVP Investors Relations and Treasury
Tel: +33 (0) 1 70 93 17 03
Charly Montet
Investor Relations Manager
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Emmanuel Vouin
Head of External Engagement
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