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Furniture that is simple, functional and elegant is not bound by the constraints of time and place or limited by the parameters of aesthetic convention.

While law firms, financial institutions and other traditional businesses often live within an architectural space reflective of history, modern technology has transformed the way work is conducted within their walls. Collaborative workstyles enabled by technology exist here alongside the private office and the formal boardroom. The office atmosphere is more flexible and more client-focused. Dressed in understated colors and refined finishes, furniture acquires a heightened elegance that fits both the realities of work and the decorum of the surroundings.

Banks, investment banks and accounting firms may live within a heritage building or a contemporary glass and steel high-rise structure. Nonetheless, within the shell, interior design is often traditional: neoclassical architectural features, high ceilings and paneled walls and possibly elements such as a fireplace or lighting fixtures associated with residential interiors. At the same time, “white shoe” firms pursue their goals within the context of a knowledge-based economy and significant shifts in patterns of behavior and styles of work.

Given that context, an elegant work chair may reside at a desk or in the boardroom; a simple, versatile desking system supports the use of technology and lives in harmony with architectural columns and decorative moldings; a sofa upholstered in a beautiful fabric in muted tones serves a practical function—a place to converse, check emails or to relax—as well as an aesthetic one, balancing use and beauty to satisfy both demands at once. The message of the furniture echoes that of its surroundings—quality, substance, excellence.

Design that works wherever you work

The best contemporary design does not dismiss history and tradition, but instead fulfills an ideal of useful, suitable design that fits the everyday experience of working. The 21st century office—modern or traditional in look and feel—is a place defined by creativity, mobility and collaboration, enabled by technology and made more rewarding by a profound sense of engagement and a rich social matrix.

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