Charlie Greene Studio’s Redesign of Boston Consulting Group’s Office is a Valentine to the Windy City
February 16, 2021
By Tate Gunnerson
Tasked with reimagining Boston Consulting Group’s Chicago office, Charlie Greene Studio looked to the city for inspiration. Eliminating walls in the reception area, for example, emphasized the iconic urban vistas while the curvaceous oak desk looks as if its billowing—a nod to the ubiquitous lake breezes. The sunrise over Lake Michigan inspired the space’s teal, terra cotta and lavender palette.
“We referenced Chicago in a way that’s a little more abstract and poetic,” says founder and creative director, Jason Hall, who collaborated with design director Jen McCord, architect, Marc Woodcock and designer Rachel Hillmann, on the project.
The designers changed things up in the 48th-floor employee lounge, where a graphic black and white wallcovering sets the stage for stylish furnishings with rounded edges that encourage employees to linger and interact. “It feels like it’s been collected over time,” Hall says.
While it remains underutilized because of the pandemic, employees have overwhelmed Hall and his team with requests for photos of the space, which, as it turns out, make killer custom Zoom backgrounds—the ultimate 21st century compliment.