First seen through a seamless glass storefront within the shell of an existing loft building, the studio and headquarters of this preeminent toy design firm is articulated in a profusion of differently colored and textured spaces that establish the theme of a “secret workshop”. Visitors encounter support offices connected by a suspended model train and defined by iridescent glass panels and a backlit glass door. The elegance of the partners’ conference room, with its orthogonal relationship to the building grid, inviting black leather chairs and fabric paneled walls, provides a sensory respite from the creatively contorted and skewed plan. A translucent gate swings into the terrazzo-floored room, where rolling chairs can be pulled up to a round table for game-storming sessions.
Citation of Merit for Interior Architecture, from the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter Professional Office Design Award