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Designers Select: Office

Designer Tom Polucci shares some of the year’s best workplace products.

Designers Select: Tables and Casegoods

Designers share their favorite furnishings for office environments inspired by hospitality.

Compulsive Productions

Matt Gibson Architecture + Design creates a multifaceted film production studio and coworking space in Melbourne.


Design Blitz taps into a Danish company’s core values—Airy, Humble, Charming, Uncomplicated—for its San Francisco office.

Lowe Campbell Ewald

Neumann/Smith Architecture’s design for an ad agency’s headquarters promises to transform how the firm works, as well as fuel a business resurgence in the heart of Detroit.

Beats by Dre

Transforming L.A. warehouses for a progressive music company.

FiftyThree, Inc.

+ADD crafts a New York office using tools created by its client


In San Francisco, Boor Bridges Architecture creates a cozy world for programmers

Funny or Die

Clive Wilkinson helps an online entertainment company expand without losing its soul


Three firms collaborate on a San Francisco headquarters—and employees make it their own

Designers Select: Seating

Designers share their favorite new chairs and other seating for office environments.

Venture Capital Office Headquarters

The smart money in Silicon Valley has a surprising new home

Surfrider Foundation Europe

Gardera-D transforms a pair of industrial sheds into a new-wave workspace

Li & Fung Global Brands Group

Industrial elegance civilizes a large floorplate for fashion brands in the Empire State Building.

Capital One Labs

A financial services powerhouse opens up to the power of design


Hofman Dujardin Architects transforms an office block into an open, bright headquarters for a Dutch law firm


Gensler creates a Minneapolis ad agency office that celebrates historical and modern craft

Designers Select: Workplace

Designers name their favorite new workplace furnishings and solutions.

Interiors Awards 2014: Office: Small

Giant Pixel by Studio O+A

Designer's Select: Office

Designer Rob Wood shares some of the year’s best workplace products


Geremia Design and Boor Bridges Architecture share 
files, design expertise

Botin Foundation

A former Silversmith's workshop in Madrid reveals its true character.

Autodesk Milan

A software company’s new workplace responds to the Italian culture of design.

Google Dublin

Interiors at the dockside campus reflect Googlers' diversity

Designers Select: Surfacing

Designers name their favorite new wall cladding materials

Sierra Pacific Constructors

Shubin + Donaldson creates a beautifully detailed office for a general contractor in Los Angeles


A Dutch design firm transforms a townhouse into an office that feels like home.

Giant Pixel

Studio O+A takes a San Francisco tech startup to the next level

Steelcase Innovation Center

In a Contract exclusive, the Steelcase VP of Global Design describes the center conceived with 2013 Designer of the Year Joey Shimoda

Designers Select: Seating

Designers share their favorite new chairs and benches

Federal Center South Building 1202

In tune with the site and biophilic design principles, ZGF creates 
a new USACE office.

Designers Select: Office Furnishings

Designers select their favorite office furnishings and solutions.

Interiors Awards 2013 Large Office

Microsoft Vienna in Vienna, Austria by INNOCAD

Interiors Awards 2013: Adaptive Reuse

Confidential Multimedia Entertainment Company in New York by FXFOWLE

Interiors Awards 2013: Sustainable

22squared in Atlanta by Gensler

Interiors Awards 2013: Small Office

XAL Competence Center in Graz, Austria by INNOCAD

Artek Berlin

The furniture company establishes a new European presence in a light-filled German penthouse

Designers Select: Office Products

Interior designer Christine Hart of VOA selects recent products that coincide with the changing face of the workplace

IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America Award Winners

One Best of Competition, seven Best of Category projects, and an additional 13 projects received Honorable Mentions from more than 100 projects from Mexico and Central and South America

DPR Construction

SmithGroupJJR helps 
a construction company achieve net zero despite the Arizona heat

Perkins+Will Atlanta

Perkins+Will trades in its labyrinthine Atlanta office for a light, lofty, and green one

Eneco Headquarters

Cohesive design details accentuate 
the Dutch energy provider’s office

Global Media Company

Perkins+Will designs a culturally relevant communications workspace in Mumbai, India

Gensler Bangkok

A new office in Thailand follows feng shui principles and reflects local craftsmanship

Microsoft Vienna

INNOCAD—an Austrian firm with worldly sensibilities—designs imaginative headquarters

Sanofi Paris

STUDIOS Architecture breaks a pharmaceutical giant free from interior constraints

Office Meets Gallery in Houston’s Village Executive Suites

Two artists design boutique-style offices that support hoteling, conference room rentals, and standard leasing

Hospitality's Influence on Workplace Design

Lauren Rottet, founder of Rottet Studios, connects corporate spaces to hotels

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus

NBBJ designs a LEED platinum campus with a community feel


Knoll brings its legacy—and its insight on distributed work—forward with a smart remix of its headquarters

Shelmmer Algaze Associates

An architecture firm designs its own office within the confines of a high-rise lobby in downtwon Los Angeles

Red Bull Amsterdam

With plywood, humor, and a lot of creativity, Sid Lee Architecture redefines the look of a workplace for Red Bull's office in The Netherlands


Montreal design firm id+s designs an office that gives video game producer THQ a competitive edge


The company marks its 100th anniversary while focusing on the future

Grey Group Roof Deck

A rooftop deck adds a new dimension to the office life of a venerable ad agency

Studio Fusion Adapts Manufacturing Site into Modern Office

Ingersoll Rand gets a new space that is both worker and environmentally friendly 

Interiors Awards 2012: Small Office

iCrete's offices in Hollywood designed by Felderman Keatinge + Associates

Interiors Awards 2012: Large Office

Confidential Trading Floor in Chicago designed by Perkins + Will

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Gets New Stateside Headquarters

GKV designs a new space that exudes style without sacrificing function

Designer Perspectives: Johnson Chou, Johnson Chou, Inc.

Johnson Chou, founder of Johnson Chou, Inc., in Toronto, Canada

Sauerbruch Hutton

Former use: Prussian military uniform factory

Start-up Style: AOL West Coast Headquarters by Studio o+a

An Internet giant captures the zeitgeist of the young and nimble

Good Energy: Red Bull Canada office expansion, Toronto, by Johnson Chou Inc

With smart material manipulation, Johnson Chou 
transforms an otherwise mundane space into the 
understated-yet-lively Toronto offices for Red Bull

All Aboard: Goods Shed North, Melbourne, by BVN Architecture

Creatively adapting and preserving an historic Melbourne train shed 
into contemporary open offices required BVN Architecture to rethink 
the entire structure

Opulence in the C-Suite: Global Financial Services Headquarters, Designed by Marguerite Rodgers, LTD

The redesigned executive floor at a global financial services headquarters located near Philadelphia merges luxury styling with artistic sculptures

Mission Sustainable: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture designs a sustainable building for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas that is emblematic of its mission

Triple Threat: Corus Quay, Toronto, Designed by Quadrangle Architects Limited

A new broadcast media headquarters targets three LEED® Gold ratings on Toronto’s waterfront

Model Sustainability Enermodal Engineering, Kitchener, Ontario, Designed by Robertson Simmons Architects

Touted as the most energy efficient office building in Canada, Enermodal establishes a benchmark

Repositioning the Nation’s Capital Through Sustainable Design

A current renovation by VOA Associates at one Washington, D.C.-based office building aims to preserve history while allowing for the evolution of design

Details, Details: KLF Architectural Systems Office & Showroom, Springfield, Missouri, Designed by Dake Wells Architecture

With both refined and workmanlike materials and careful consideration, Dake Wells Architecture elevates the form and function of KLF Architectural Systems’ compact office/showroom space

Leap of Faith: The Link, Phoenix, Arizona, Designed by Shepley Bulfinch

It’s hard to jump when times are tough, but that’s just what Christopher Nieto did when his firm, the Phoenix studio of Shepley Bulfinch, purchased The Link and repurposed it as his new office

Trees and Terminals: Bloomberg Headquarters, London, Designed by Jump Studios

Jump Studios humanizes Bloomberg’s London offices

RISE to the Top: CB Richard Ellis Office, Dallas, Designed by HKS, Inc.

HKS Commercial Interiors designs a winning prototype to integrate three existing, Dallas-based CB Richard Ellis offices into one

Home Cooking: Darden Restaurants's new corporate headquarters by Perkins+Will

Darden Restaurants gathers its corporate employees under one roof in Orlando, Fla., with a sustainable design by Perkins+Will

Par Excellence: HOK designs its new New York headquarters

HOK designs its own efficient, eco-friendly New York headquarters to superbly illustrate how the firm practices what it preaches

Design Alchemy: reactiv post Office Design, Toronto, by LUX Design

LUX Design offers Toronto-based production studio reactiv post a sleek and modern office design on a dime

Hive Life: The Moderns, New York, Designed by The Moderns

The Moderns’ New York studio buzzes with activity, creativity, and inspiration

Now Available: Corporate Office Design, May 2011 Contract Magazine Digital Issue

The latest issue highlights top trends and strategies in corporate office interior design

New Life:Group Goetz renovates offices for Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C.

Group Goetz revamps a 1980s facility to create highly efficient offices for Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C.

Eloquent Transformation: Koning Eizenberg creates a collegial workspace for Thornton Tomasetti in Los Angeles

Koning Eizenberg creates a collegial workspace for Thornton Tomasetti in Los Angeles

Hat Trick: IA Interior Architects designs the Mountain View, Calif., office for Red Hat

A playful yet purposeful office in Mountain View, Calif., designed for Red Hat by IA Interior Architects, sets the stage for global success

Inspiring Design: 2011 Inspiration Awards Winners

Contract magazine's 2011 Inspiration Awards winners, announced at a gala ceremony at WGBH public broadcasting headquarters in Boston on April 6, set an example in socially responsible design

Interiors Awards 2011: Adaptive Reuse Winner

200 Fifth Avenue in New York designed by STUDIOS Architecture

Interiors Awards 2011: Large Office Winner

One Shelley Street in Sydney, Australia, designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects

Interiors Awards 2011: Sports/Entertainment Winner

U.S. Olympic Committee, USA House, 2010 Winter Games, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, designed by Atlas Architects and Allan Bell Design

Interiors Awards 2011: Public Space Winner

LightFold - One Kearny Lobby, San Francisco, designed by IwamotoScott Architecture

Up in the Air: Lufthansa A380 Flagship, by Priestmangoode

Look up in the air! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the new Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin, designed by Priestmangoode.

Deadline Extended: 2011 Interiors Awards

Submissions for The 32nd annual award from Contract magazine now due October 1.

Created Equal: Gunderson Dettmer reinvents itself in a new office designed by HOK

Gunderson Dettmer in Redwood City, Calif., reinvents itself—in theory and in practice—in a new office designed by the San Francisco office of HOK

Interior Design Trends: Renew, Reinvent, Revitalize

There are a significant number of buildings in the repositioning market today, and an ever-increasing interest from developers to create highly marketable and financially viable building assets.

Antenna Workspaces by Knoll Bring Optimism Back

When Benjamin Pardo asked renowned industrial designers Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger to design a new furniture system for Knoll, no one was more surprised than the designers themselves

Walk the Talk: NCIDQ Office Interior Design by Perkins+Will

National Council for Interior Design Qualification lives its mission of design excellence in a new office space designed by the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins+Will.

Designing for Millennial Employees: What Does the Next Generation Really Want?

A Q&A with Dr. Marie Puybaraud, director of global workplace innovation for Johnson Controls, about the generational challenges facing designers of corporate workspaces today.

Characteristics of the Future Office

What office design characteristics are needed for today’s challenging corporate environment?

Picture This: Hickok Cole Architects Washington, D.C., lobby into a world-class photography gallery

Hickok Cole Architects turns the lobby of 1050 K Street in Washington, D.C., into a world-class photography gallery, featuring the work of the legendary Ezra Stoller

Design in the Fourth Dimension: CBT Architects designs a stunning Boston office tower lobby

CBT Architects turns a tired Boston office tower into a Class A property with a stunning lobby that speaks to its namesake public square

Social Verdict: Yost Grube Hall Architects Revamps Traditional Law Office Design at Ater Wynne

Ater Wynne's new modern, collaborative work environment, designed by Yost Grube Hall Architects, gives employees motivation to go to work.

Office Overhaul: TPG Architecture Designs New Mullen Offices

New offices with a contemporary flair by TPG Architecture bring this Boston-based ad agency into the 21st century.

Ready. Set. NeoCon®: 2010 Exhibition Preview

The annual industry expo is poised to be the most comprehensive yet. What can attendees expect?

My Green Neighbor: GSA Regional Field Office

In a joint venture, Leo A. Daly/LAN and PageSutherlandPage have designed a new Houston office for the General Service Administration that combines sustainability and a welcoming community image.

Vital Mission: Behnisch Architekten designs a state-of-the-art headquarters for Unilever

Behnisch Architekten designs a transparent, state-of-the-art headquarters that perfectly encapsulates the goals of consumer goods giant Unilever

Luxe + Lean: IA designs an eco-friendly headquarters for Bancolombia

IA designs a first-class, hyper-efficient, and eco-friendly headquarters for the Bancolombia in Medellín, Colombia

Bold and Buzzy: KlingStubbin designs a hip new headquarters for Philadelphia ad agency Digitas Health

Digitas Health may sound like the name of a ho-hum healthcare clinic, but Kling Stubbins made sure the Philadelphia advertising firm looks the part of urban cool

Designer Perspectives: Future Corporate Design Trends

A Q&A with M Moser design director Bill Bouchey to discuss his goals and design aspirations, as well as the current trends in corporate design.

ICFF 2010 Attendees Give Life to Annual Design Industry Expo

Contemporary styles showcase enhancements in texture, clean forms, and colorful palettes with metallics.

Off Campus: CollinsWoerman Designs New Microsoft Corp. Headquarters

Microsoft Corp. expands beyond its home base in Redmond, Wash., into office space designed by CollinsWoerman in a mixed-use complex in the heart of Bellevue

Prepare for Impact: Cary Bernstein Architect designs offices for San Francisco-based One & Co.

Designed by Cary Bernstein Architect with the mission to make every element exceptional, San Francisco-based One & Co. is poised to shape the future of industrial design

Domesticating the Workplace

Shubin + Donaldson gives a Los Angeles warehouse residential character and scale

Office Design Trends: Honey, I Shrunk the Workstation!

The need to optimize office real estate, paired with today’s on-the-go work style, means traditional office workstation designs are on their way out.

Partners in Change: Law Firm Design Trends

Efficiency trumps entitlement in law office design, as law firms face the realities of the new economy.

There’s No Place like Home: Huntsman Architectural Group Adds Warmth to High-Security Dutch Consulate

Traces of California style and Dutch contemporary art do well to make employees forget that they work in a government office.

All About Ash: Trend Report from Milan 2010 Exhibition

Eco-friendly designs, bold colors, and metal and mesh were prominent at Milan 2010.

Point of View: The Name “Interior Designer” Is a Misnomer Because of Broader Duties

The interior designer today is concerned not only with determining furniture, furnishings, colors, materials, and finishes, but also with organizing and predicting basic concepts of work organization and traffic flow for large corporate or institutional entities.

East Meets West: SmithGroup-designed Babcock & Brown Integrates Ancient Art with Modernity

Innovative surfacing material applications and city views contrast against a collection of Japanese and Native American artifacts in this eco-friendly San Francisco office.

Essay from the Past: Is the Office Really Necessary?

A visionary rethinks the way we work and offers insight on managing people and technology. (January 1989)

Essay from the Past: Astounding Technology Portends Drastic Office Changes (January 1980)

What the pencil did for communications, the microprocessor will do for the office in the ’80s.

Fabric of the Future: Innovative Design Materials to Come

These 11 new materials and technologies offer a glimpse into where innovation is taking us.

The Top 10 Commercial Interiors Products of the Past 50 Years

The North American landscape of contract interiors of the past 50 years continues to unfold the concept of the Schnelle brothers’ “Burolandschaft,” or open office plan.

Rethinking Law Firms: Eversheds in London Achieves BREEAM Excellent Rating

Woods Bagot’s interiors for Eversheds mark a radical departure from typical law firm design, and elevate a BREEAM Very Good rating to a BREEAM Excellent rating in the process.

Above the Legal Limit: Butler Rogers Baskett Greens Manhattan Law Firm

The lofty green goals of law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are achieved in a sky-high, LEED Gold-certified Manhattan headquarters, designed by Butler Rogers Baskett

Informing the Masses

True to its mission, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association commissions a new headquarters building that sets a positive example for urban development

Michielli + Wyetzner Architects Designs Lean & Green

Michielli + Wyetzner Architects designs efficient, sustainable, and ultra-flexible New York offices for AECOM—in synch with its own work and work ethics  

Environmental Extraordinaire: Herman Miller LEED Showroom Raises the Bar

tvsdesign digs deep to deliver a stellar platform for environmental education and sustainable design at Herman Miller’s new LEED CI Platinum showroom—the first building of its kind in the City of Angles.

Essay from the Past: Women Need Feminine Desks (1970)

Female Designers Comment (1970): While they acknowledge that desks designed exclusively for females are economically unsound, four top female designers think that desk designs should take into account distinctive feminine needs.

Essay from the Past: Changes in Workplaces Reflect Changes in Task Structure (1970)

From June 1970: Robert Propst, president, Herman Miller Research Corporation, Ann Arbor, Mich., explores many of the psychological and physiological considerations of workplace functions and how they affect workplace design.

Future Furniture Trends

Generational differences and sustainability play a major role today in workplace design.

Video: Contract Celebrates 50 Years in Design

Contract magazine presents a look at the evolution of design over the last half decade in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Illuminating Designer Potential

What Designers Need To Know About Lighting

Colors to Live By: Experts Predict Color Trends for 2010

What colors will be popular this year, and what will be driving their popularity?

Case Study: Autodesk Waltham Project by KlingStubbins

Autodesk, Inc. exemplifies using IPD strategy to complete two redesign projects.

Video Highlights: 2010 Interiors Awards Winning Projects

A visual montage of our 2010 winning projects

The 31st Annual Interiors Awards

In our 50th year of publication, Contract proudly presents the winners of the 31st Annual Interiors Awards Competition.

Designers of the Year 2010: Graft

From Hollywood cowboys to global crusaders, the partners of Graft have gone far in their 12 years of practice

Legend Award Winner 2010: Arthur Gensler

Art Gensler, collaborator in chief, is a constellation's shining star.

Interiors Awards 2010: Large Office Winner

"With every job, we try to forget what we've done before and start from zero," says Giorgio Borruso. "The goal is to develop a signature for the client rather than ourselves."

Interiors Awards 2010: Small Office Winner

After the economic meltdown that touched virtually every corner of the world over the past year, the surviving players in the financial industry have begun to reinvent themselves to survive and flourish in the new global climate. And the design of a small office by Gensler for a financial start-up firm in San Francisco reflects a fresh point of view for a new era of investing.

Interiors Awards 2010: Environmental Winner

Sometimes the right building design can spur its occupants to a new, better way of working. That was Cannon Design's aim when it scouted out The Power House in St. Louis as its new, LEED Gold-certified office, seeking a more flexible, open, and sustainable way of working.

Shades of Night: Why is Light Essential for Your Design?

Lighting designer Leni Schwendinger recently spoke with Contract magazine to discuss the importance of light in design and how it can be utilized to influence and enhance any commercial project.

Exclusive Q&A: Leigh Stringer

Leigh Stringer, vice president at HOK, took a few minutes to meet with Contract magazine to discuss some of her expertise, as well as highlight some of the ideas proposed in her new book, The Green Workplace.

Transformative Design: The Means to Sustainability and Future Success

An excerpt from Chapter 9: Tranformative Design, The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment, and the Bottom Line by Leigh Stringer, vice president, HOK, LEED.

Corporate Office Design: Work Hard, Play Hard

The overriding idea at Wurk—and all of the upscale amenities it encompasses—is not about work in a literal sense.

Corporate Designs for Face-to-Face Value

To accommodate the tremendously long hours the Medicines Company staff works, HLW developed a design solution that blurred the line between home and office while still promoting efficiency and dedication.

Design Trends: Pie In The Sky Dreams for Corporate Cafeterias

Comcast set out to change this staid perception of the old-school cafeteria with Ralph'sCafé, the employee eatery set in the company's stunning new 51-storyheadquarters.

Pioneering Spirit

For the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Pioneer Middle School in DuPont, Wash., lessons aren't just presented in the classroom. Thanks to a design from DLR Group, the classrooms themselves are lessons in sustainability.

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