Opulence in the C-Suite: Global Financial Services Headquarters, Designed by Marguerite Rodgers, LTD
Barry Halkin
Opulence in the C-Suite: Global Financial Services Headquarters, Designed by Marguerite Rodgers, LTD
Oct 05, 2011 The redesigned executive floor at a global financial services headquarters merges luxury styling with artistic sculptures
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Opulence in the C-Suite: Global Financial Services Headquarters, Designed by Marguerite Rodgers, LTD_01 The main highlight of the floor is the sculptural garden, which guests enter into as they step off the elevator. The space serves to separate the east and west sides of the floor, and creates a type of respite. “The concept was that it would have a very residential feel, very soothing with warm, chocolate browns and creams in a variety of different materials,” Rodgers says. “It looks out into other areas as a quiet space that gives permission to stop and look at artwork.”
Opulence in the C-Suite: Global Financial Services Headquarters, Designed by Marguerite Rodgers, LTD_02 Artwork includes interesting furniture pieces, such as Mattaliano seating, a custom coffee table, and the Providence bench sculpture by Matthias Pliessnig from Wexler Gallery (which the Smithsonian recently took on loan for an exhibit), and sculptural art like the ring of bamboo and wood that serves as a feature piece in the center of the space or the Wood Drops by Marcus Tatton from The Wood Turning Center. (The client developed an interest in art and personally approved every single purchase.) Steel art support systems in the window bays create a gallery space for local artists during after-hours recreational events.
Opulence in the C-Suite: Global Financial Services Headquarters, Designed by Marguerite Rodgers, LTD_03 Overall, a desire for collegial culture and collaboration permeates through the level, with plenty of open areas to accommodate large staff meetings and gatherings. In the executive meeting room, acoustic panels upholstered in cream-colored fabric and Michelle Costello-designed leather-wrapped walls provide plenty of visual texture and contrast nicely off the Italian-made oak wood and leather table. The 29-foot by 8-foot surface seats 26 and is custom-designed to reflect of the concave-shaped room and compliments the flow of the walls. The banquette leather sofas are likewise curved and seat an additional 20 employees.
Opulence in the C-Suite: Global Financial Services Headquarters, Designed by Marguerite Rodgers, LTD_04 Offices lie adjacent to each other next to the meeting room and a library with huge collection of insurance law resources is open for everyone to use.
Opulence in the C-Suite: Global Financial Services Headquarters, Designed by Marguerite Rodgers, LTD_05 Employees can enjoy on their break time the small gym with changing room, bathroom, and powder room. A kitchen of white oak cabinetry and veneers, brown porcelain tile, and dark granite countertops offers access to a speed oven, dishwasher, icemaker, refrigerator, toaster, and coffee maker.