Investment Management Firm

New York, NY

Artwork and materiality showcase the firm’s evolution.

This long-standing client saw the opportunity to refresh their office amidst the pandemic with a targeted, high-impact transformation. The office’s minimalist aesthetic evolved into a rich environment that showcases the firm’s evolution and reputation. The new reception provides guests and employees with a renewed sense of arrival. A fluted glass wall encircles the reception area and opens visitors to the exterior view while still providing privacy for the adjacent conference rooms. The reception desk is anchored against a fluted marble wall, rotated from its original position, welcoming visitors and staff.

Layering artwork and materiality.

Art has historically been an essential part of the office culture and was a significant driver in the development of the design dialogue. The lobby features richly-toned paneled walls that contrast the white stone and fluted glass, a play on materials that makes the lobby feel airy and warm. A sculptural light fixture by Apparatus Studio anchors the ceiling plane above the reception desk. The bronze arms of the fixture feature delicate porcelain shades, echoing the constant balance of light and depth.

A second life.

The boardroom, immediately off reception, is an extension of the new design language of the lobby – fluted walls in the same tone bookend the space. Rather than replace the custom conference table, the design team conceived a way to refresh it.

The heart of the space.

The CEO’s office, positioned strategically between the boardroom and lobby, has always been the heart of the space. Perched on the building’s corner, visitors feel as though they are floating above the city yet grounded in place. The CEO was highly active in the design process and was instrumental in weaving his aesthetic into the new design. The materiality echoes the new language established in the lobby and conference room.