Diversity and flexibility

29.08.2017 | by Wilkhahn Germany

Diversity, excellence and integrity are the challenging principles that global law firm McDermott Will & Emery ascribes to. In addition to an impressive number of global players as its clients (70 percent of which are DAX companies for example), the firm is also committed to giving back to the community and pro bono work. It employs over 2,300 people worldwide in offices in North America, Europe and Asia. McDermott Will & Emery’s headquarters are located in Chicago, where the firm was founded in 1934. The company has now moved into new premises in the recently completed River Point skyscraper.


River Point is located at the heart of Chicago’s pulsating West Loop neighbourhood, directly on Chicago River. With its 52 storeys, over 102,000 square metres of floor space and convex-shaped curved glass facade it’s not just a superb office high-rise. Pickard Chilton Architects (New Haven, Connecticut) placed enormous value on integrating the building with its urban surroundings: a terraced park, around 6,000 square metres in size and open to the public, puts the building in walking distance to the urban space and makes the riverfront accessible to the entire neighbourhood. Shops and restaurants on the skyscraper’s ground floor also make the outside area a lively place to be. Inside the building, the continuous glass facade doesn’t just provide plenty of daylight, but also offers panoramic views over the skyline of the city all the way to Lake Michigan.


The virtually column-free floor space on each of the around 2,300-square-metre storeys allows exceptionally flexible furnishing options. And interior designers Gary Lee Partners (Chicago) knew just how to put it to good use for McDermott Will & Emery. A large auditorium is for example fitted out with a foldable wall, allowing the room to be partitioned if necessary. For the seating they picked Wilkhahn’s stylish Aline chairs, which aren’t just very comfortable but can also be compactly and precisely stacked. The easy-to-configure Timetable tables with their flip-top mechanism – also from Wilkhahn – round off the flexible furniture for the space and allow all sorts of options ranging from seminars to large conferences. The right furniture really can make a difference.


Watch a video by law firm McDermott Will & Emery about its new River Point premises:


Click here to visit McDermott Will & Emery’s website: www.mwe.com

Click here to visit the Gary Lee Partners’ website: www.garyleepartners.com

Click here for the Pickard Chilton Architects’ website: www.pickardchilton.com

Click here to visit Chicago River Point’s website: www.chicagoriverpoint.com


Find more information about Wilkhahn’s Aline skid-base chair.

Find more information about Wilkhahn’s Timetable conference table.

McDermott Will & Emery’s multipurpose auditorium that can be partitioned in the River Point building in Chicago, furnished with Wilkhahn’s Aline chairs and Timetable tables, photo: Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers. The complete auditorium…
... and when it’s partitioned. Photo: Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers.

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