Group Effort: SmithGroup Designs Burgess Group's Alexandria Office

SmithGroup divided the staff lounge at the Burgess Group in Alexandria, Virginia, into two groupings. The first comprises a table by Eero Saarinen and chairs by Charles and Ray Eames, the second a sofa and an ottoman by Isamu Noguchi and rocking chairs by Thomas Pedersen. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Set off by glass panels from the rest of reception, a Noguchi table sits beneath a Marcel Wanders pendant fixture. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Eames chairs surround the conference room's custom table, topped by back-painted glass with an inset of rift-cut white oak certified by the Forest Stewardship Coucil. Photo by Eric Laignel.

The design lab's workstations are by Bob Wayner. Photo by Eric Laignel.

FSC-certified white oak veneers cubbies nearby Photo by Eric Laignel.

Stained-elm flooring, reclaimed from an old barn, flows between the reception desk, built from soapstone and resin, and a 60-foot-long feature wall tiled in Vermont slate. Photo by Eric Laignel.

A Noguchi table, an Eames stool, Pierre Paulin stools and chairs, George Nelson benches, and Jasper Morrison lighting furnish the cork-lined break-out area. It serves as a passage between the two sides of the design lab. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Hiromichi Konno designed the training room's chairs. Photo by Eric Laignel.

A pass-through in the feature wall connects the pantry to the design lab. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Over the breakfast bar in the pantry hangs a pendant fixture by Ray Power. Photo by Eric Laignel.

The conference table from the previous office gets reused in the pantry's eating-meeting room, where back-painted glass paneling can be scribbled on like whiteboard. Photo by Eric Laignel.